I separate the music from the individual making it, to a large degree. There are a lot of rock stars who are jerks, that's part of rock and roll. I think the n-word is reprehensible, and it shows something deep about the character of the user. However, I wouldn't blacklist an artist from my playlist for having been known to utter it once. Especially since Costello is British, where the word is not native. There have been racist musicians, and homophobic ones, and ignorant ones. Often the worst offenders are also not very good musicians, so no dilemma comes up. But "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On'" is my favorite song among guys who married 13-year-old cousins, and there are many other great songs by people who are reprehensible characters in real life. I have no problem with listening to Phil Spector records, or even Charles Manson's albums. They're good or interesting music. I think both belong in prison. But those are the men, not the music. I'm not gonna hang posters of them on my wall, or send them autograph requests or anything. But "Be My Baby" belongs to me and anyone else who loves it, not to Phil Spector. Music is music. I approach it on those terms.