Influential graphic novelist Frank Miller wrote a scathing appraisal of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
“Everybody’s been too damn polite about this nonsense,” said Miller in a lengthy entry posted to his personal website.
“‘Occupy’ is nothing but a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists, an unruly mob, fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid false righteousness,” he wrote. “These clowns can do nothing but harm America.”
The comic book artist, screenwriter and film director is best known for his hugely successful film noir-style graphic novels: “Ronin,” “Daredevil: Born Again,” “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,” “Sin City" and "300.” He also CO-directed the film version of “The Spirit" and "Sin City” with Robert Rodriguez and produced the film “300.”
“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,” Miller continued.
“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,” Miller added. “Or better yet, enlist for the real thing. Maybe our military could whip some of you into shape.”
However, comic book fans have not welcomed Miller’s explicit sentiments and political stances.
Dan Ingham wrote a lengthy rebuttal to Miller’s rant on ComicBookMovie.com.
“Does the Occupy Movement need to get its act together in order to accomplish anything? Yes. But it is a young movement that appears to be doing nothing but growing and collecting its popular beliefs and forming directives through a democratic system, which may take some time,” said Ingham.
Ingham went on to call Miller influential, but out-of-touch.
“Your contributions to popularizing comics in a mainstream format are undeniable, but you could have the decency to do as other flukes before you, like Kurt Cobain did, and die before you become a joke with nothing to offer the world,” Ingham said.
“Your remarks are those of a man who lives inside his comfort bubble and occasionally casts detached glances down at the very peasants who have spent their hard-earned money to lift you up to your throne,” Ingham added.
On comic book message boards, posters seemed to agree with Ingham.
“Miller has had quite a fall from grace, especially among his fanbase,” said one poster. “It is always a shame when one in a position to promote tolerance instead preaches prejudice.”
“He's a great artist but he's always been a paranoid right-winger I think, you can see it in a lot of his work,” said another poster. “It's a testament to the power of his art (and art in general) that he managed to become a celebrated and important artist instead of a violent nutter.”