Free Speech For All! Oh No, Not You, Frank Miller.

Comic artist, Frank Miller

POSTING BY JB MADDAWG

We don’t dabble in politics here at The Throwdown.  It’s not good business and honestly, the way I’ve always viewed politics is that we all have a say.  It’s our right in this country.  Our founding fathers set this country in motion so that we could all have a voice, and not be ruled by royalty.  Oh, I have my views, alright, and I’ll debate ad nauseam, but that doesn’t mean I view my opinions as higher than anyone else’s.  Plus, we like to have a good time, here.  Snarky humor is our game, and serious political discussion is best left to snotty journalists and stuffed shirt politicians.

This post, however, is something different.  When pop culture and politics occasionally collides, it can be interesting.  Take for instance, the battle now breaking out between supporters of Occupy Wall Street, and legendary Batman comic artist, Frank Miller.  This past week, Miller unloaded his views on the movement via Twitter and other sources.  Writes Miller:

“ ‘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 comic artist behind The Dark Knight Returns300 and Sin City graphic novels decided to exercise his right to express himself calling out people reporting on OWS as “too damn polite”.  Miller wasn’t finished, though.  He continued:

“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.”

To say that Miller is now suffering from a backlash is a bit of an understatement.  Several journalists and some of Miller’s fans themselves have reacted to the comic artist’s statements.  Most have been pretty vanilla comments, simply not agreeing with Miller’s stance.  Although, some such as “journalist” Spencer Ackerman, which let’s be honest, he’s a blogger not a journalist, tweeted of Miller, calling him “insane”. 

Several entertainment sources that support OWS have crucified the 54-year-old Miller, and some have even suggested boycotting his work.  My question is, why?  For what reason?  Miller spoke his mind, plain and simple, and after all, isn’t that what supporters of OWS “love” so much of the movement?  What happened to all the phrases like “free speech” and “organized expression?”  Apparently, Miller didn’t play the tune that many wanted to hear, and those many now feel repercussions should be felt by him for tweeting his thoughts.

If that line of thinking is correct, then shouldn’t we in turn also chastise the Alec Baldwins and Michael Moores of the world?  Apparently, we’re starting down the road of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, where we all have equal rights, but some are more equal than others.  As I’ve stated, I have my views, but to serve justice or judgement on someone who doesn’t agree with someone’s point of view, isn’t quite right.  I’d thought we’d come farther as people than to label an opposing view point as evil.  Get over it.  Just stop following the person’s tweets, as I did with Simon Pegg, because I got sick of him getting numerous facts wrong.  In short, everyone’s got a right to be an idiot, yet, we also have the right to ignore those idiots. 

As usual in politics, it’s up for you to decide.  Your voice is just as important as anyone else’s.  You may support what’s going on with OWS.  You may support Frank Miller or others like him that speak against.  The point is, no journalist, politician or entertainer should sway you otherwise.  Free speech and thought is what truly should set us apart.  Exercise it.

I’m JB, and you’ve just been Throwdown.

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