Frank Miller’s Anti-Occupy Rant Is Appropriately Noir
Comic book writer and artist Frank Miller has amassed millions of fans over the past three decades. A scathing critique of “scum bag” Occupy Wall Street activists may change all that…
Since he revived Daredevil and took on Batman in the 1980s, to his more recent, independent work on “Sin City” and “300,” Frank Miller has carved himself a nice, lucrative niche in both publishing and Hollywood, making him one of the best known and most sought after artists in the comic industry.
His latest work, a scathing review of Occupy Wall Street’s “louts, thieves and rapists,” may turn off some of Miller’s most ardent enthusiasts.
From his website:
The “Occupy” movement, whether displaying itself on Wall Street or in the streets of Oakland (which has, with unspeakable cowardice, embraced it) is anything but an exercise of our blessed First Amendment. “Occupy” is nothing but a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists, an unruly mob, fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid false righteousness. These clowns can do nothing but harm America.
“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.
This is no popular uprising. This is garbage. And goodness knows they’re spewing their garbage – both politically and physically – every which way they can find.
Miller sounds like one of his own noir creations — or Travis Bickle bitching about filthy New York.
Miller goes on to address the “pond scum,” and declares, “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.”
According to the “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” writer, Occupy protesters should be spending their energy fighting terrorism or reveling in their nerdery: “In the name of decency, go home to your parents, you losers. Go back to your mommas’ basements and play with your Lords Of Warcraft.”
“Or better yet, enlist for the real thing. Maybe our military could whip some of you into shape,” he writes, before concluding, “They might not let you babies keep your iPhones, though. Try to soldier on.”
Many of Miller’s long-time readers are surprised and upset by his clear dismissal and disrespect for a populist movement. “I used to be your biggest fan. You’re now dead to me,” wrote one on his site.
Bleeding Cool points to another comment reminding Miller that he once left mega-publishers like DC and Marvel to work with independent house Dark Horse, “Remember the Frank Miller who donated to groups that supported creator-owned companies? The guy who printed “Give ‘em an inch, they’ll take a Mile” in big bold letters on the back cover of one of his books? He was talking about CORPORATIONS, not big government. He was protesting corporations that exploit their workers.” Miller, who has made bank adapting his work into movies, has sold out.
Even some of Miller’s peers in the industry are biting back. Former DC executive Ron Perazza tweeted, “Thinking back on it, Frank Miller’s writing is filled with the glorification of right wing militant politics. Shame his reality is the same.”
“Savage Dragon” creator Erik Larsen had this to say: “Dear Frank Miller, what those on Occupy Wall Street want is simple–for the rich to pay their fare share of taxes. Is that so wrong?
But other readers are rallying around Miller. “You tell ‘em, Frank. Hey, remember when people were getting raped, robbed and shot at Tea Party rallies? Yeah, me neither,” wrote one reader. This incident, however infuriating to those who know Miller best, will win him a whole new base on the right. Or at least raise his profile a bit.
Could a team-up with Sarah Palin, Karl Rove and the Koch Bros. be far behind? Will our hero become like the fictional villain he created, super-soldier gone wrong, Nuke, seen below, or will he have a change of heart? And more immediately: will Batman, an Occupy ally, fight one of his most famous writers?
You can be sure some fan boy or girl is sketching the scene right now.