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Frank Miller Rages Against The Occupy Wall Street Movement
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Last week comic book writer-artist Frank Miller decided to share his opinions on the steadily-growing Occupy Wall Street movement that has spread to many major cities around the world. Miller, who’s best known for his acclaimed run on Marvel’s Daredevil — which gave the series its largest readership since its debut — as well as the classic and influential Batman miniseries The Dark Knight Returns and his own creations Sin City and Hard-Boiled, posted his thoughts at his blog. You can read the posting entitled “Anarchy” in full here below.

“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.

Schmucks.

FM”

[Source: Frank Miller]

And then Frank went outside and yelled at a cloud. Wait, that was Grandpa Simpson.

Miller is certainly entitled to his point of view and it’s well-known that about a decade ago his politics took a sharp turn to the right. But you would think a vaunted man of letters such as he would find a better way to phrase his grievances toward Occupy Wall Street other than through the language of a playground bully. Plus, as a supporter of the movement, it disappoints me to see Miller spew so much childish vitriol at something he clearly doesn’t understand. He paints the Occupy movement as a mass gathering of spoiled punks and pathetic losers and not an organic uprising against a corrupted political and financial structure that believes it has the right to act against the American people with impunity.

I always separate the artist from the art; if I distanced myself from one of my heroes just because they said something I don’t agree with, I would barely have any heroes at all. It just bothers me to see Miller thumbing his nose rather abrasively at the Occupy Wall Street protesters instead of offering up any constructive criticism or intelligent insights. But I’d be a fool to expect such things from the writer-director of The Spirit.

Now let’s see how many of those “iPhone, iPad wielding spoiled brats who should stop getting in the way of working people and find jobs for themselves” show up to lionize Miller and his next comic creation (which will likely feature extreme gore, xenophobia, and have every female character be a leather-bound hooker) during his next convention appearance or book signing. Congratulations Frank; you just alienated a huge chunk of your fan base. Schmuck.

38 Comments »

  1. I love how Alan Moore and Frank Miller are on such complete opposite ends of the spectrum, but are two of the greatest figures in comics. Just goes to show the unifying power of art…

    Comment by Aaron Robinson — November 18, 2011 @ 12:07 am

  2. I’m wondering why he called it “Sin-City”, sounds more like his version of heaven…

    Comment by Aaron Robinson — November 18, 2011 @ 12:10 am

  3. I WAS a fan :(

    Comment by Vcidaytona — November 18, 2011 @ 12:28 am

  4. Robocop 3…just saying.

    Comment by Vcidaytona — November 18, 2011 @ 12:33 am

  5. Where was the justice when the “working people” on Wall Street blatantly lied, cheated, stole, and bought their way out of any actual repercussions for their greed and lack of personal responsibility Frank?  

    Comment by burning_chrome — November 18, 2011 @ 5:03 am

  6. Miller’s 100% right.

    Comment by Guest — November 18, 2011 @ 9:15 am

  7. > He paints the Occupy movement as a mass gathering of spoiled punks and pathetic losers and not an organic uprising against a corrupted political and financial structure that believes it has the right to act against the American people with impunity.

    Um – organic uprising?  When you can buy tee-shirts and coffee mugs?

    Comment by Chris — November 18, 2011 @ 9:18 am

  8. Frank’s just mad that he’ll always pale in comparison to Moore and Gaiman, both in quality of work and as an interesting and thoughtful human being.

    Comment by SquidEatinDough — November 18, 2011 @ 9:31 am

  9. Not surprised. He’s rich enough to be in the 1%

    Comment by Anson Burtch — November 18, 2011 @ 9:39 am

  10. I like when “Geeks of Doom” don’t like something they slam it after they report it…how about you just report!! And just because he has money doesn’t make him wrong! I’m in the 99% and I believe he’s RIGHT!!! BRAVO TO FRANK MILLER!!!!!

    Comment by Scott Squirel Earle — November 18, 2011 @ 11:43 am

  11. If this was a real “movement” you all would not be down there with your hi-tech gadgets and designer clothing. You are all protesting the very companies of all the products you buy, morons! Every single one of you over educated self righteous losers are the biggest pile of hypocrites I have ever seen. You unappreciative whelps don’t understand a single thing about freedom or actually working to earn something. Life takes hard work blood sweat and tears, it is not something handed to you off the back of a truck you communist garbage. BTW I am more of the 99% than any of you I am a father of 4 and work 2 jobs to take care of my family, how many of you has ever done more then a paper route or sell your precious MMO characters on ebay? get a job losers.

    Comment by Jason — November 18, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

  12. Frank Miller makes comic books & other harmlessly superficial artistic flotsam.  Who actually cares about what he says or believes??  I think Badass said it best, FM clearly is incapable of understanding anything outside of his privileged reality, despite his noise about “working people”.  That said, OWS & ancillary protests are, & always should be, open to criticism & debate.  I’m confused why this is even on GoD, besides the Frank Miller thing, which shouldn’t merit coverage of his paper thin philosophy.  I come here to take a break from politics.  Word.

    Comment by Joseph Earley — November 18, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

  13. Go Frank!  He has hit the nail on the head.  And BAADASSSSS!, if you’d called OWS an “organic uprising” in my presence, I probably would have had to give you a towel I would have laughed so hard in your face!  What part of the SEUI’s involvement did you miss?

    Move along. This is not the movement you are looking for.

    Comment by Deadcrow — November 18, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

  14. “Word”. Jeez the absolute maturity and thoughtful knowledge of the way the world works is just so overwhelmingly displayed by these responses and, yes, by all in the “Occupy” crowd, that I expect we’ll have government supplied udders installed every ten feet all over the world so we can just suck off them every time we feel the slightest inclination towards wanting something.

    Comment by Lonelyrealist — November 18, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

  15. to the point FUCK YOU, everyone of you asinine, perpetually arrested developed, over educated, lazy stupid socialists
    you arent qualified to carry the sandals of FM, as long as he was peddling the Bullshit you man children eat up as you wake at the crack of noon to play another 8 hours of world of warcraft he was the king of kings – now not so much.
    Alan Moore? a drugged out socialist mental case?
    you idiots deserve each other.

    Comment by Paul Dunn — November 18, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

  16. May be a harsh way of putting it, but I cann’t disagree, America needs more than a hoard of angry people begging for jobs right now. We need people to create, build, and adapt to the needs of our communities rather than expect our standing in the world to warrant handouts. Changing the way wall-street works is an admirable cause, but lumping all the problems in America under one mass-movement of anger and misguidance ‘can do nothing but harm America.’

    Comment by Nick J Zakhar — November 18, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

  17. lol Right on Frank. He is just saying what most people are thinking. They are not well organized and don’t even have a common goal except to terrorize our own country. Nothing the Occupy movement is doing is going to change anything.

    Comment by L.Harman — November 19, 2011 @ 1:31 am

  18. He’s right, they are a bunch of spoiled brats.  It’s the “Me Generation”  Pervious generations have faced far worse issues but instead of complaining they rolled up their sleaves and did something.  These idiots can’t put their iPods and Starbucks coffee down long enough to actually do anything.

    Comment by VikingBerserker — November 19, 2011 @ 1:57 am

  19. He’s missing the point a bit there I feel, jaded grumpy fellow isn’t he, look at his farty eyes and beard, reclining on the corpses, join the army?!? Whatever, silly man! Sin City = massively overrated!!

    Comment by Gordon Emanuel — November 19, 2011 @ 8:31 am

  20. As an artist and middle-class worker, I embrace the First Amendment and often line up with those who would stand up to Wall Street and corrupt government. But I find myself in a predicament here. Miller has never exactly been Mr. Touchy-Feely, but to some degree I’m inclined to agree with the man. This Occupy movement has been nothing but a nuisance to most cities in which it has sprung up. Not to mention hypocritical. They had the gall to protest in front of my workplace – which was HIRING. Granted, I’m sure OWS began with good intentions and people with their hearts in the right place (even for an obviously subversive group, which I would normally applaud), but like most of these movements in America, it has become a twisted shadow of its former self, bringing out the darker elements wherever it goes. OWS now seems like it mostly consists of derelicts and lay-abouts who’d rather cause problems than fix them. The writer of this article only seems to have brought this “story” to our attention because he/she felt slighted by Miller’s entitled opinion, not because of any journalistic insight.

    Comment by JAB! — November 19, 2011 @ 9:30 am

  21. Miller is ALLOWED to Say his opinions. Many people Do Not Like The Occupy Wallstreet Crowd and what they are even trying to do!!!
    FEEL BAD FOR THE INNOCENT PEOPLE WHO THEY AFFECT BY BLOCKING AREAS WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO WORK.
    Maybe they should spend more time LOOKING FOR A JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Also, Let’s see how the crowd diminishes in the COLD WINTER MONTHS THAT ARE COMMING. WE WILL SEE HOW DEDICATED THEY ARE.

    Comment by Jeffrey — November 19, 2011 @ 11:16 am

  22. You are Very Articulate!!

    Comment by Jeffrey — November 19, 2011 @ 11:19 am

  23. I could not agree more.  What is amazing is that all of these people evidently “do not have to work”, thus loads of time to totally disrupt life for others.  And anyone who compares these protestors to the Tea Party has no idea what the Tea Party is about.  One thing is for sure it is not about defecating on the streets, using vile language and harming others in the name of their version of JUSTICE.  There is a very bad smell to this movement….

    Comment by Barbara Becker — November 19, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

  24. Scott, you’re a tool.  I like it when douches read articles and don’t feel the need to spew some bitchy nonsense like they know dick about anything.

    Comment by Godoffists — November 19, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

  25. Frank’s not the only one who lost his mind and morality ten years ago, but I was disappointed to see that it happened to him, too.

    Comment by Nbreyfogle — November 19, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

  26. He would be saying different if he was unemployed.

    Comment by Anonymous — November 20, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

  27. Look up the word “editorial” and perhaps you will understand a wee bit better. Not everything written on this site is strictly news, sometimes we can voice our opinions…just like you did.

    Comment by Waerloga69 — November 21, 2011 @ 10:15 am

  28. And yet Mr. Miller managed to voice his opinion, however insulting, without cursing or being outright derogatory…you douche.

    Comment by Waerloga69 — November 21, 2011 @ 10:19 am

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  31. I didn’t know who Frank was 10 minutes ago and I am now a fan.

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  35. Alright, neocon sheep-man, tell us and me what should Occupy do?

    Comment by Anonymous — February 19, 2012 @ 11:48 pm

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  38. Those “iPhone, iPad wielding spoiled brats who should stop getting in the way of working people and find jobs for themselves” are still gonna show up to lionize him and his next comic creation. He’s not going to lose considerable support. I don’t think occupiers are not smart enough to avoid someone who talked smack about them, if they can’t avoid corporate goods (like iPhones and iPads) while protesting against corporations. Another bad guess made by an Occupier.

    Comment by Will — June 23, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

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