Comic Book writers and Occupy Wallstreet
December 9, 2011 § Leave a comment
Frank Miller, writer of the comic books 300, Sin City and now some pile of crap called Holy Terror (where superheros battle evil Muslim terrorists), has once again revealed his right wing hysterical beliefs with an attack upon the occupy protests in the US. Here is a quote from Miller:
“Occupy” is nothing short of a clumsy, poorly-expressed attempt at anarchy, to the extent that the “movement” – HAH! Some “movement”, except if the word “bowel” is attached – is anything more than an ugly fashion statement by a bunch of iPhone, iPad wielding spoiled brats who should stop getting in the way of working people and find jobs for themselves.
Oh and it continues with all the usual abusive nonsense from someone who has decided to take the side of the rich and powerful. Not content with elitism Miller moves on to war mongering anti-arab racism with comments like:
Wake up, pond scum. America is at war against a ruthless enemy.
Maybe, between bouts of self-pity and all the other tasty tidbits of narcissism you’ve been served up in your sheltered, comfy little worlds, you’ve heard terms like al-Qaeda and Islamicism.
And this enemy of mine — not of yours, apparently – must be getting a dark chuckle, if not an outright horselaugh – out of your vain, childish, self-destructive spectacle.
Now none of this horseshit should come as much of a surprise, Frank Miller’s ‘graphic novels’ are childish reactionary fairy tales. Alan Moore the writer of comic books such as V for Vendetta, From Hell and Watchmen said of Miller’s comics that ‘I thought the Sin City stuff was unreconstructed misogyny; 300 [a 1998 comic book series] appeared to be wildly ahistoric, homophobic and just completely misguided. I think that there has probably been a rather unpleasant sensibility apparent in Frank Miller’s work for quite a long time.”
Sin City is a pretty typical film noir gore fest with prostitutes armed with machine guns thrown in and an unhealthy dose of vigilantism, while 300, as Moore says, purposely takes out an suggestion that Spartans were anything other than heterosexual and makes out their enemies as evil sexual deviants from the ‘east’.
When the revolutions of 1848 broke out Victor Hugo for all his love of the people and hatred of poverty ended up shooting down communist workers on the barricades. It’s moments like these when social and economic crisis leads to resistance and people actually stand up for themselves that people are pushed to take a bloody side, yes even creative types. Alan Moore, despite the fact that V for Vendetta for instance has a lot of elitist nonsense and Guy Fawkes should hardy be anyone’s hero, has taken the right side, Frank Miller has pegged his coat tails to a system of greed, corruption, inequality and oppression and will be brought down just like the system he so dearly loves.
Miller’s comments are here
Alan Moore’s here