In case you were not on Twitter or Facebook in comics circles this weekend, Frank Miller, evidently tired of being asked when SIN CITY 2 would go into production, decided to set up a diversion by airing his feelings on the Occupy Wall Street movement in a calm, reasoned editorial that did not contain ad hominem attacks:
Everybody’s been too damn polite about this nonsense:
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.
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.
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.
They might not let you babies keep your iPhones, though. Try to soldier on.
While the post drew positive reactions from Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood site, most comics folks were left bemused by Miller’s piece. For instance, Sam Henderson wrote on Facebook:
Frank Miller not dating well makes me wonder if I’ll still find the Jerky Boys funny when they come up on my Spotify shuffle.
Comics journo Teresa Jusino entitled her piece Helping An Old Man Continue to Feel Relevant
Ty Templeton said it with pictures: (click for the whole thing.)
We could go on and on, but you get the picture. Interestingly, it was not Miller’s first response to the OWS movement — earlier in the week, i09 had asked various Batman writers what Batman would think of OWS, and Miller’s publicist replied:
Batman believes in the First Amendment and decorous behavior.
The outburst comes, of course, soon after the release of HOLY TERROR, an anti-terrorist tale which many have found heavy-handed in its anti-Islamicism if by heavy-handed you mean a totally gonzo screed.
If comics were looking for their very own Ed Anger, they just found him.
Meanwhile, when is SIN CITY 2 coming out, anyway?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.