Fuck You, Frank Miller

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I’ll admit this right up front (it is in my bio here on the site, after all) – what I consider to be my favorite super hero story (for a variety of reasons) was written by Frank Miller: Batman #404-407; “Year One”. While I will not get into why this is my favorite superhero story, I just wanted to disclose this fact in hopes that readers may understand that I am able to separate the artist from the man, because even after all I am about to say, Year One will still be my favorite superhero yarn.

Frank Miller recently posted this diatribe on his website. What it amounts to are the sad, ill-informed, paranoid and racist ravings of an idiotic old man. Mr. Miller seems to be obsessed with the boogey man of Islam so much so, that even events clearly unrelated to Islam in any way shape or form are dragged through the mud to serve as an avatar for home-spun terrorism. This is of course, the position he gladly heaps upon the Occupy Wall Street protests… wait, what?

Sadly, Mr. Miller has become so lost in the sea of solipsistic right-wing commentary that he equates a group of people exercising their CLEARLY defined and innate first amendment rights to “putrid false righteousness”. Something that Mr. Miller clearly does not truly understand as he goes to great lengths shouting incoherently about how the movement is “anything but an exercise of our blessed First Amendment” I would very much enjoy hearing what exactly the first amendment is in Mr. Miller’s mind and therein, his explanation of how a group of peaceful protestors are doing anything but exercising said rights. These are the ravings of a disconnected and distorted mind, clearly showcasing the classic signs of cognitive dissonance. Frank Miller has become the Glenn Beck… the Rush Limbaugh of Comic Books.

Mr. Miller infuses his whole rant with petty insults, slinging such obtusely manic stones as name-calling and character attacks wrapped up in empty and shameful jingoism. In fact, let’s not parse words here; it seems that the only real content to his rant is simply a sordid collection of ridiculously immature instances of slanderous muckraking: text-book straw man fallacy.

There is no discernible point to his ravings and with his first sentence he simply devolves into a vulgar exhibitionist. He even goes as far as to call the movement as a whole “…a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists, an unruly mob…” – I’m speechless.

His main arguments, if there really are any to be found, which supposedly justify such unforgivable remarks,  are:

  1. The Occupy movement consists of young, unemployed losers (who can some-how afford iPads and iPhones) that squander their lives playing “Lords of Warcraft” games in their mother’s basements.
  2. While blinded by self-pity and narcissism they do not realize that America is in enormous danger from the threat of “al-Qaeda and Islamicism” and that these Occupy protestors are uneducated about the real dangers and evils facing this great country of ours. If they had half a spine they’d sign up for the military and go fight a “real” fight.

Let’s deconstruct these ridiculous arguments real quick, shall we?

  1. This is based off of unsubstantiated and preconceived, uneducated bigotry. Obviously Mr. Miller watches a lot of Fox News and has been led to believe these “facts” about the Occupy movement – he is obviously too lazy and intellectually dishonest to research this “fact” for himself, for if he did he would find these things simply are not true. In short, this is all simple ad hominem argument and I’m shocked he is able to think, let alone write, such insipid and abusive statements.
  2. This is so steeped in hypocrisy that it comes off as self-parody. I’m sure Mr. Miller took every chance imaginable when he was younger to enlist in our military – right? Oh, he didn’t. Well then, that’s a silly stance to take against ‘self-pitying and narcissistic youth’ when it seems he never lifted a finger in his day to serve this country which he so desperately wants to fellate at every given opportunity. What was he doing at the same age of some of these Occupy protestors? Right, he was drawing comic books. I’m not sure that counts as saving our country and fighting a great, insidious evil that holds our world on the brink of utter annihilation.

I’m dumbfounded by what exactly the correlation between socioeconomic inequality and international terrorism rooted in religious fanaticism is in Mr. Miller’s mind. But I’d love to hear his reasoning.

I feel bad, really I do. Frank Miller has gone off the deep end and there will be no turning back. The World Trade Center attacks seem to have been a trauma which he was unable to endure. 9-11 was a horrific event, we can all agree upon that immutable fact… but those of us with a modicum of intelligent consideration were able to process the horror and come out the other side with our faculties still fully intact. Some, unfortunately, were not as lucky and their cognition was forever subverted; as such, the discourse was subverted as well, which allowed some very misinformed people to validate and encourage bigotry and hatred on a very public and mainstream level disguised as patriotic dignity. This alteration of the discourse supported an ideology of intolerance and a distrust in our own brothers and sisters who didn’t immediately bow and appeal to an oversimplified, knee-jerk nationalism. It divided us as a culture and we became spiteful and suspicious of one another to the point where we began divvying up and forfeiting our constitutional and civil rights to those who promised to protect us from further trauma… the fear mongers took hold and some folks have not recovered since.

Here’s hoping that people like Frank Miller will once again approach problems with an honesty and with an open mind and not fear ‘the other’ so much so that it clouds better judgment. Say what you will about the Occupy Movement, but in the end they are a group of citizens expressing their dissent in a peaceful and lawful way… there is nothing more ‘American’ than that, regardless of what people such as Frank Miller would like to believe.

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  1. Occupy Wall Street is the product of the same leftie mentality as islamic apologism, and pretty much all the faults of left (faults they will never admit to, “perfect” is the left ideology, as is the Islamic one). Having a sense of entitlement bigger than any sense of compassion or duty. Look at what the ideology of Islam has done in the Far East to the billions who have followed it. Look at what it is STILL doing in it’s countries. These brats will line up to protest less money in their bank accounts, less food on their plates, but do nothing to protest child marriage in Iran (the age of “consent” has now been lowered to 10) or any REAL problems in the world. I agree with Frank and it took a lot of balls to come out and say what he was thinking. It’s much easier and trendier to take a leftie view and come off as some kind of romantic idealist (or “intellectual” as they like to refer to themselves for no apparant reason), like Alan Moore. I wonder how exactly that crotchety old Snake worshipper (!?!?!?) (no seriously, what the fuck?!?!) would handle Anarchy if it reigned upon him. He’d be dead within a week, and if he doesn’t see that he’s probably as smart as his League of Extraordinary Gentlman series and not as much as his Swamp Thing and Watchmen runs suggested. Shame.

    • I like your avatar.

      That is the only thing I could ever conceivably imagine liking about you though. I’m glad you hold your opinions only if it further cements the overriding feeling that I’m justified in thinking that the world is full of moronic, sub-mental bigots!

      I’ll ask you a rhetorical question (rhetorical only because I wish no further dialog with you) – What are you doing to protest child marriage in Iran? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

      Fuck being trendy; Frank is an asshole – and it seems you are too.

      Shout all you want, free speech is grand after all, but please, air your absurd verbal garbage elsewhere – you are not wanted here. In short: fuck off, crazy :)

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  4. “Expressing their dissent in a peaceful and lawful way”.Now that’s funny.These miscreants can’t even verbalize what they are doing at the protests.Spoiled to the core,they expect to be given everything to them for free and without effort.Ruining small businesses wherever they park their self involved asses without a care in the world for those lives they are negatively impacting.Sprinkle in those who want to relive the 60’s along with the Marxists,anarchists,union shit stirrers and the spoiled brats and you have quite the “loser” stew.The joke called the media is doing it’s best to carry this water for Obama and his fellow travelors but the tide has already turned and the majority of the people want nothing to do with this trveling freak show.So enjoy it while it lasts because your fifteen minutes are nearly up.

    • …I’m not entirely sure those words mean what you think they mean?

      OH…you’re talking about the TEA PARTY…not OWS…go about your business then :)

    • Speaking of miscreants who are incapable of thinking critically, I present to you bobmac.Do you just believe EVERYTHING Fox “news” says or do you just pretend to for the sake of sounding like a complete and total Neanderthal?

    • “we have nothing to fear but fear itself”-Franklin D. Roosevelt
      Ironicly succumbing to the fear promoted by Americas enemies is the surest way to play into their hands ,they’re called “terrorists” for a reason afterall.

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