This article originally appeard on the News.com/au website.
Batman writer Frank Miller calls Occupy protesters a pack of thieves, louts and rapists by Owen Vaughan
WHAT would Batman make of the Occupy Wall Street protesters?
Well, the man who brought him back to life in the critically acclaimed series The Dark Knight Returns thinks the anti-capitalist movement is “a pack of louts, thieves and rapists”.
In an open letter on his blog, comic book legend Frank Miller accuses the protesters of harming America with their “political garbage” and tells them to wake up to the country’s real enemy – al-Qaeda.
Miller, who is best known for his gritty Batman books, Sin City and 300, writes:
‘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. 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. 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.
The post will be a shock to many comic book fans: their heroes are supposed to fight on the side of justice and stand up for the little guy, not wield the baton for The Man.
But Miller has always been a champion of the right. His sequel to The Dark Knight Returns, The Dark Knight Strikes Again, has an aged Batman raging against the Government in language that wouldn’t seem out of place at a Tea Party rally.
In 300, the monstrous, barely human Persian army that bears down on the Spartans is a barely disguised attack on Islam and its effects on the West, while his latest graphic novel, Holy Terror, in which a Batman-like vigilante take on al-Qaeda, has been widely panned as fodder for the anti-Islam set.
So perhaps the better question is: what would Batman make of Frank Miller?