So by now, everyone has heard about Frank Miller’s ridiculous blog post about the Occupy Wall Street movement, the one where he calls the participants “louts, thieves and rapists,” “iPad wielding [sic] spoiled brats” and “pond scum.” He also dissed what he called “Lords of Warcraft,” which probably got the biggest reaction out of his fanbase.
Not a lot of people were shocked by this. Ever since 9/11, Miller has gradually been steadily shifting to the hard right. This shift culminated recently in the pro-Mericuh, anti-Islam propaganda-laden drivel Holy Terror. It’s clear Miller doesn’t really care about alienating his audience anymore, since he’s raking in all that sweet, sweet The Spirit cash.
Ever wonder what the eternally-revered madman-with-a-beard Alan Moore thinks about Frank Miller’s comments? Well, now you can find out, thanks to Honest Publishing.com.
In the second part of an ongoing interview (part 3 is going online today!), Moore gives his opinions on the Occupy Wall Street movement, Miller’s comments and his work as a whole. In it, Moore dismisses nearly all of Miller’s and calls 300 “wildly ahistoric, homophobic and just completely misguided.”
Here’s the entire quote:
Well, Frank Miller is someone whose work I’ve barely looked at for the past twenty years. I thought the Sin City stuff was unreconstructed misogyny, 300 appeared to be wildly ahistoric, homophobic and just completely misguided. I think that there has probably been a rather unpleasant sensibility apparent in Frank Miller’s work for quite a long time. Since I don’t have anything to do with the comics industry, I don’t have anything to do with the people in it. I heard about the latest outpourings regarding the Occupy movement. It’s about what I’d expect from him. It’s always seemed to me that the majority of the comics field, if you had to place them politically, you’d have to say centre-right. That would be as far towards the liberal end of the spectrum as they would go. I’ve never been in any way, I don’t even know if I’m centre-left. I’ve been outspoken about that since the beginning of my career. So yes I think it would be fair to say that me and Frank Miller have diametrically opposing views upon all sorts of things, but certainly upon the Occupy movement.
As far as I can see, the Occupy movement is just ordinary people reclaiming rights which should always have been theirs. I can’t think of any reason why as a population we should be expected to stand by and see a gross reduction in the living standards of ourselves and our kids, possibly for generations, when the people who have got us into this have been rewarded for it; they’ve certainly not been punished in any way because they’re too big to fail. I think that the Occupy movement is, in one sense, the public saying that they should be the ones to decide who’s too big to fail. It’s a completely justified howl of moral outrage and it seems to be handled in a very intelligent, non-violent way, which is probably another reason why Frank Miller would be less than pleased with it. I’m sure if it had been a bunch of young, sociopathic vigilantes with Batman make-up on their faces, he’d be more in favour of it. We would definitely have to agree to differ on that one.
How Moore presents his argument is what makes him the clear victor. He doesn’t just dismiss two of Miller’s best-known works and Miller himself, he dismisses them while giving precise reasons. His argument is intelligent and mature, while Miller’s rant sounds like it’s being shouted at you from an old man’s porch.
It seems now that the main difference between Moore and Miller is how in touch with their respective audiences they are. Moore still writes for the disenfranchised, the beaten down, those who see something is wrong and want to change it.
Miller, on the other hand, is so out of touch, it’s hard to believe he ever wrote The Dark Knight Returns. The majority of people reading comics today don’t want to read propaganda, they want something that makes them think, something that may open their eyes to something they may not have been aware of before. Or even just a simple escape.
What they don’t want is Bush-era political manifestos being shoved in their faces in capital letters.
Check out the rest of Moore’s interview for his opinions on other stuff, like the British publishing industry and the Kindle, it’s definitely an interesting read.