As was mentioned on another thread lately Bowie seems to be blessed with having quite a few indiscretions behind him which have done little to harm his public persona.
In the early 70's he was outspokenly gay/bisexual.
Went onto being an almost certain drugs casualty.
Flirted with Nazi imagery and the occult.
Yet none of this has harmed him.
I think if there was ever something as bad as paedophilia alleged and then proven against him, I would have a very hard time justifying sticking up for him, and I think my fandom would be very much a secret pleasure. I don't think all the good music which he has given the world would suddenly turn bad, but it would be hard to get people past the stigma.
It must be awful for people who grew up listening and loving Glitter's music to come to terms with the stories which have since emerged, added by his seemingly unrepentant attitude towards it.
In reply to:
if he murdered baby puppies or ripped the head off birds
This might encourage Rabbitfighter to renew his enthusiasm though.
I agree with the above statement.