It’s kind of weird watching a creative that you’re interested in completely ruining all levels of respect you had for them by seemingly sounding like an idiot. And yet that is what Frank Miller has managed to do whilst posting about the Occupy movement on his blog. In a post titled “ANARCHY”, Miller manages to shed the respect of many of the 5000+ commentators on this one post. I’m certainly less interested in the idea of the Sin City 2 film.
I first heard about Miller’s post when few intriguing Tweets surfaced over the weekend, unsure what was really going on, I went and checked out the post in question. Now, up to this point I haven’t really said much as to whether I’m in support of what the Occupy movement is up to, so let me tell you: I think what they are doing is necessary. The people involved in Occupy ring true with a lot of points I made in a blog post in June of this year called “Our very existence is broken“.
To me, the current situation where we focus on intangible things as opposed to the real needs of people is no longer sustainable or what’s best for humanity if we want to survive on this planet together. The economic fairness and equality the Occupy movement is after only scrapes the surface of what is fundamentally flawed: the world’s notion of “economy”. I personally think we should be moving towards a situation akin to what Earth and the Federation has in Star Trek – and what’s holding us back from this? Humanity’s penchant for focusing on differences that don’t exist.
But back to Miller. I suppose there is one paragraph that has stuck with me – and a lot of other people – from his blog post:
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.
He has basically managed to ignore a lot of the different groups involved in the movement who are basically nothing like this. In fact, if any “thieves” or “rapists” are involved then they are the minority. Most of the people I’ve seen involved in the movement are hard working people who have been f***ked over by the current situation with how we run our lives and the global society.
I will continue to like comics/graphic novels previously written by Frank Miller, like Batman: The Dark Knight Returns or Batman: Year One, but I don’t think I can give any more attention to such a small minded man.