Thankfully neither artist really did it for me. I went through a Smiths phase and still enjoy them enough but not enough to make my top 50. Clapton outside of Cream is just boring but skillful white people music, blues for the suburbs, which makes it easier to ignore for me. I do a ton of separating the art from the artist tho and don't judge anyone that enjoys the art of a flawed human.
The whole Morrissey thing was very disappointing. I’m not Hispanic but grew up in a Hispanic majority city and the amount of love for him was absolutely unreal, so I feel the level of betrayal through them more so than for myself.
I think Clapton is one of the greats, influenced by other greats sure, but who isn’t? I’ll leave it there as I’m not qualified to speak on the history of blues artists, just qualified to say what I have enjoyed over the years.
The thing I dislike are the trends in popular opinion that are kindled by whatever indie artist is hot at any given time. Bridgers is entitled to her opinion, and I respect her for forming her own, but because she’s the hot thing right now many others are adopting her opinion as their own and that seems disingenuous to me. Like a bandwagon sports fan or something. Not accusing you of doing such, Woob, just an observation in general.