a form of Guilty
Pleasure, the Russell Crowe effect describes the emotion felt when enjoying
a piece of creative
work by a person
who you consider
to be a complete
twat. On the one hand
you may well enjoy what the person
is doing, but on the other feel a guilty
twinge that you are giving your attention and money to someone you actually can't stand. This phenomenon is very similar to the Christian Bale effect, where you may enjoy the work of someone who has disappeared
up their own anus, but should not be confused with the Tracy Emin
effect, where the artist
is clearly both unpleasant and crap.
"Have you seen Robin Hood yet?"
"No, I can't make up my mind whether to. He was good in Gladiator, but he is just
such a sarcastic wanker I don't know if I can be arsed with
"Yes, that's the Russell Crowe effect"