Succes de scandale

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A succes de scandale is something, particularly a work of art, that becomes successful because it is scandalous. It appeals to the liberal elements in the media and the public, and obtains free publicity as others object to it.

The more that that people express their disapproval of the scandalous work, the more that liberals see an opportunity to erode conservative values by promoting the work. Through this interaction the work receives greater credit and attention than it would based on its merit.