Comic book artist, writer, and movie director Frank Miller has had enough of the “Occupy” movement and has decided to tell the world exactly how he feels.
Last week on his personal blog, Miller went on what could be called a hastily assembled, incoherent, rambling, and vitriol filled rant railing against the entire OWS movement and the people involved. It really boils down to a name calling diatribe; Miller’s “Hey you kids! GET OFF MY LAWN!”
Here is the complete post:
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.
I admired Frank Miller’s work in the past; he wrote some of the best Batman stories ever written, he helped expand Wolverine’s character, he defined what Daredevil would become for two decades, and he helped re-invigorate crime noir comics. His support for creator-owned work and creators’ rights was admirable. That was the past.
Today, with his rant creating a huge buzz on the internet, Miller just sounds like a xenophobic old man who’s really lost touch with what’s going on in the world. Someone whose fear of “them” is so all-consuming, that all the other problems of this world must be ignored until the “war” is won.
It’s rather very sad.
Although you can’t negate a person’s body of great work based on them being a ‘good’ person or on their beliefs, it does manage to taint their legacy somewhat. I will always enjoy the Miller stories and artwork that I read in the 1980’s and ‘90’s, but knowing the man today, it just doesn’t feel the same.
Here are some responses on Miller’s rant from the comic book community courtesy of Bleeding Cool:
Gary Erskine – Frank Miller is encouraging the Occupy movement to enlist ‘for the real thing’? Maybe he should show them by example then? Will Eisner did.
Ron Perazza – Thinking back on it, Frank Miller’s writing is filled with the glorification of right wing militant politics. Shame his reality is the same.
PJ Holden – Man, Frank Miller is really working that right wing loon persona.Move over Colbert, Miller’s bringing crazy to a whole new level!
Jeff Parker – I guess Frank Miller now relates everything to the War on Terror even though that’s not what Occupy is about:
Kieron Gillen – Crikey. That’s quite the blog post.
Jamie McKelvie – I’m pretty sure Frank Miller will soon become too crazy to be able to type, and then we won’t have to read his bullshit anymore.
John Layman – I bet Frank Miller wouldn’t talk shit about World of Warcraft if he knew how uber my blood elf warlock Jamesbucket is!
Cully Hamner: I think Frank Miller saw them filming the giant fight scene for Dark Knight Rises in NY & confused it for #OWS. No wonder he was pissed…!
Erik Larsen – 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?
Gail Simone: Frankmillerink.com is a great link if you like absolute bullshit.
Tim Seeley: Frank Miller is what happens when fear overrides rational thought. Anything he doesn’t understand is evil & full of rapists.
Pia Guerra: Frank Miller wants Occupiers to enlist for the “real thing”. You mean like this guy?
Joe Keatinge: Come on, guys, let’s focus on what’s important: what does Frank Miller think of Red Hulk?
Joe Hill: I just don’t expect that from a guy who wrote YEAR ONE, the best cape comic ever: a work of careful thought, psychological nuance, beauty.
– The Comic Book Critic