It's not like we've not had 30 plus years of it, is it?
He's always said things that are a bit questionable, but frankly I don't remember him coming out with anything that was worse than I hear over the dinner table at my in laws every Sunday. Unlike them, he makes great music (emphasis on makes, not 'made') and though I'm not making excuses for him, I can cope with people having views I don't agree with. There's nearly always an ambiguity about what he says anyway - he throws stuff out there, sits back and watches people read all sorts into it, and never clarifies his comments, ever. It's quite punk rock, really.
He's a funny old fish and I don't think I'd really want to know him personally (interestingly the one person I know who has met him said he was very pleasant and chatty, and only when posing for a photo with her made a comment about then having to 'adopt the persona' and then looked very serious). His music (and unlike a lot of folk, I don't make a big distinction between his solo work and when he was in The Smiths) connects with me like nobody else's, and it would have to take something pretty bad to snap me out of that.
New album is growing rapidly on me - even the somewhat clunky 'I Bury The Living', the closing couple of minutes of which, it turns out, are sublime