“Wake up, pond scum.”
A week later, many people seem to be waking up to Frank Miller’s blogged comments.
Posted last Monday, the comic-book legend’s rant against the Occupy movement was in the cartoon community’s ether by late last week. In the events of the weekend, however — as skirmishes and eviction threats heated up at such Occupy encampments as Oakland, Denver and Portland — Miller’s vitriolic and eminently quotable verbiage began to gain traction.
Writes Miller, eschewing “damn polite”-ness: “ ‘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.”
(The Woodstock allusion is reminiscent of what right-leaning Washington Examiner cartoonist Nate Beeler told Comic Riffs recently: “It’s like [they want it to be] the ‘60s all over again. But it’s not peace and love and all that when it gets down to the politics of it. ... Their politics are very left, and that is not in step with the country. ”)
Miller — the comic icon so well-known for “The Dark Knight Returns,” “Daredevil,” “Sin City” and “300” — goes on to grouse in his crackling verbal crackdown:
“Occupy” is nothing “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.”
And the Olney, Md., native later writes:
“Wake up, pond scum. America is at war against a ruthless enemy.”
It’s worth noting that in September, Miller released his lightning rod of a graphic novel titled “Holy Terror” — which some critics have derided as anti-Islamic propaganda.
“From the mind of Frank Miller,” indeed.
Having worked up a full head of steamed disgust, Miller the writer-director concludes with his rhetorical gun of a tongue blazing:
“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.”
(We’d be remiss not to note, too: Miller reportedly has not served in the military.)
On Sunday, cartoonist/comics scholar Scott McCloud tweeted of Miller’s blogpost: “BTW, No matter how bat---- Frank’s political rant may be, that’s a great silhouetted drawing of him on his blog.”
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