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Comic-Book Legend Frank Miller on Occupy Wall Street (OWS): "Wake up, pond scum."

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Legendary comic-book auteur and movie director Frank Miller channels his celebrated version of The Batman, and lays into the Occupy movement:

"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.

So far, IMO, Miller is making some cogent points: As demonstrated in more than a few Reason videos and commentaries, the Occupants (Occupiers? Occutards?) seem to be missing the basic point that if the government bailout of politically connected financial institutions was awful (and it was), a bailout of, say, holders of student loans isn't the way to correct the problem. 

But then Miller, creator of the Sparta-worshipping comic The 300, goes into a non-sequitur that is more mind-bending than his early Daredevil morphology:

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.

Whole bit here.

Got that? Shaddupya face about TARP and other policy FUBARS because of Islamic extremists? I'm really not following here. Sure, fixed-gear-bike hipsters are annoying as hell. The OWS crowd is violent in a way that the much-more-maligned Tea Party never has been, and god knows that Salon's manifesto is rock-bottom-rotten. It's unclear, though, that Osama bin Laden is chuckling in whatever paradise he resides in.

Channeling America-Love-it-or-Leave-it rhetoric that wasn't convincing when articulated by a pre-prison Spiro Agnew is no way to win arguments and influence people. But then again, when it comes to the Occupy movement, neither its participants nor its critics seem overly interested in persuasion per se.

Hat Tip: The great Sean Higgins of Investors Business.

Bonus to look forward to: Reason's Peter Suderman reviews Miller's new (and widely panned) anti-Islam graphic novel, Holy Terror, in the next issue of the mag.

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  1. the all-powerful police force of the agricultural city-STATE, which has been used to restrict the free movements of people by using artificial demarcations and a system of land enTITLEments.
    Officer, am I free to gambol about forest and plane?

      1. Okay, tuffgai, but after this morning, I’m ahead of you by hundreds of points.

        1. True. Fuck you.

    1. Gamboling problem?

      Dial 1-800-YT-INDIAN

  2. great. rapists. great, this guy marginalizes a severe and heinous crime by typical reductionist male thinking. Think about it. This guy animates a hyper-male character that is all about the preservation of a male dominated (and fear based) society.

    1. It’s a conspiracy. It’s no coincidence that this article was pusblished on a website called GOTHAMist.

      http://gothamist.com/2011/11/0…..en-onl.php

      1. With a name like “ben”, one would presume the ownership of a penis.

    2. “great. rapists. great, this guy marginalizes a severe and heinous crime by typical reductionist male thinking.”

      Shame you’re too brainless to comprehend irony.

  3. So what you’re saying is, maybe we do’t need to hear everyone in America’s opinion on the subject and shouldn’t report on OWS again unless something new and interesting actually happens? I could live with that.

    1. Is each additional rape new or interesting, or are they just old news since multiple rapes are just an ongoing part of OWS?

      1. “See, you don’t know what rape is like. For years, I thought it was funny. Oh, yeah, rape. It’s so funny. Until you’ve been raped. You’re about to find out what that’s like, Handbanana.”

        1. Episiarch, Tonight…You!

      2. It’s not rape-rape. It’s part of the message.

        1. Saaaaaaaay… that’d make for one sweet, catchy re-election campaign slogan — !

  4. Sure, fixed-gear-bike hipsters are annoying as hell.

    Paging Bingo. Paging Bingo.

    (revs engine)

  5. Everyone should shut up and focus on the real enemy: my neighbor Jeffery and his very early Saturday morning lawn mowings.

    1. Which is a severe crime, because everyone knows you are supposed to water in the morning and mow in the evening

  6. Everyone should shut up and focus on the real enemy: my neighbor Jeffery and his very early Saturday morning lawn mowings.

    Soak his mower bag with vodka and put it in his ass. Or yours.

    Either way, someone’s sleeping in.

    1. On first reading, I thought you were suggesting soaking the entire lawnmower in vodka.

      1. While using the entire lawnmower is difficult, it is a painful stretch.

        Also, it is recommended that you not turn it on when using it that way.

  7. I wonder how many terrorist recruits watched OWS on TV and thought “Join the fight against America? fuck it, those losers are leaving perffectly good homes to leave under tarps like we do. We’ve won!”

  8. Frank Miller is obviously complicit in the structures of hegemoney imposed by the eurocentric patriarchy and its strategies of domination.

    1. “Frank Miller is obviously complicit in the structures of hegemoney imposed by the eurocentric patriarchy and its strategies of domination.”

      Miller’s no Marxist.

  9. Really, he’s making valid points when he calls them RAPISTS? C’mon, this is pure clownshoes whackadoodle. You can disagree with the premises or conclusions of the OWS people without this moronic demonizing of them.

    1. Frank Miller is not exactly known for being subtle.

    2. Also: Why do you support al-quaeda?

      1. He hates America.

      1. Its not rape: its redistribution of pussy.

        1. +1 HaHaHaHa

        2. “Don’t you make a sound, bitch. I’m here to occupy your vagina.”

        3. I laughed at this…and I feel a tiny bit sad inside.

          1. +1? Try + infinity!!!!

      2. [::holds up cardboard-and-crayola screed, abominably misspelled throughout; stares vacantly at camera::]

        “I amassed over $89,000 in student loans, pursuing my joint degrees in Giant Paper-Mache Puppet Head Street Theater and Mandatory White Guilt Re-education Seminar Leadership … and yet somehow, inexplicably, still cannot secure any sort of employment for myself not specifically mandating possession of either a paper hat, a name tag, or both.

        “Because of this naked collusion between soulless, ‘dual-citizen’ (*wink*wink*) banksters and the dread patriarchal TheoCon machine, my constitutionally mandated right to allow my stunted and ineffectual White Indian to gambol the vaginal plains — freely and at will, without having to spring for dinner first, even — has been cruelly circumscribed. Thus, I am forced to violently occupy random snatch, on behalf of Teh Peeples.

        I AM THE 99%!!!”

    3. You can disagree with the premises or conclusions of the OWS people without this moronic demonizing of them.

      If only the OWS people could ‘disagree’ with the premises or conclusions of a market economy without…

      Forget it. Fuck em. demonize away! They teh rapists~!~~ CORPORASHUNS AINT PEEPLE!!! JOBS ARE RIGHTS!

    4. “It’s not ‘rape’ because LA LA LA LA LA I CAN’T HEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAR YOOOOOOOUUUUUUU — !!!”

  10. So yeah, apparently there was a murder at Occupy Oakland this weekend, and someone at Occupy Portland shot himself in the head while sleeping at the camp.

    Naturally, the occupy protestors claim it has nothing to do with them, but everyone acnowledges that the man who was shot was staying at the camp and got into an altercation with the suspects, who were also staying at the camp.

    1. Shot himself while sleeping? How did he manage that?

      1. That’s no thang. The Houston PD once claimed that an Hispanic shot himself in the back of the head while wearing handcuffs and fleeing from the police in a stolen car.

        1. Crafty Hispanic devils!

    2. someone at Occupy Portland shot himself in the head while sleeping at the camp.

      A typical example of why you shouldn’t clean your gun while sleeping.

    3. Doh. I should say he was in his tent in the encampment when he shot himself.

      And this was actually Occupy Vermont.

  11. Occupy Wall Street: Who the hell are you anyway, giving out orders like this?

    Frank Miller: What, are you dense? Are you retarded or something? Who the hell do you think I am? I’m the Goddamn Batman!

  12. “The OWS crowd is violent in a way that the much-more-maligned Tea Party never has been”

    I’m pretty sure no OWS supporters have attempted an assassination of a US Rep yet.

    1. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    2. Can you imagine any of them trying to? The human mic would give them away long before they got within shooting distance.

      1. We must all kill Gabrielle Giffords!

        WE MUST ALL KILL GABRIELLE GIFFORDS!

        You know, sometimes I wonder whether or not someone has ever tried to seize control of the human megaphone and make it say hilarious things.

        1. “We.”

          “WE.”

          “Are.”

          “ARE.”

          “Fucking.”

          “FUCKING.”

          “Retarded.”

          “RETARD- Hey wait! Not funny man!”

          Like that?

        2. As opposed to what they’re already saying?

    3. It took me a minute, but you’re refering to the Giffords shooting, right ?

      Moran

      1. It’s Morans. You’re supposed to insult the whole family.

      2. Thanks. I don’t think I would have figured that out.

    4. I’m pretty sure no OWS supporters have attempted an assassination of a US Rep yet.

      By that level of argument, the assassination of Robert Kennedy can be blamed on Islam.

      1. And the Bilderberg Group.

        And rainbows.

        1. No. Unicorns that shit rainbows. (See Solyndra article.)

          1. Unicorns cause stabbings, not shootings.

            Shootings are inspired by John Wayne.

      2. By that level of argument, the assassination of Robert Kennedy can be blamed on Islam.

        This is even worse since Sirhan actually is a Muslim. Loughner’s a truther, and his crazy seems to be more sympathetic towards the left than the right.

        1. Disregard what I wrote. I’m an idiot.

          1. Which part? That Sirhan is a Muslim (he’s not) or that Loughner’s crazy had anything to do with left/right politics (it didn’t)? I’ll just ignore it all to be safe.

    5. You realize that Loughner is a paranoid schizophrenic with more connection to the 9/11 Truth movement than the Tea Party right?

      If he hadn’t shot Giffords, I would bet any odds that he would be camped out with Occupy Tucson at this very moment.

      1. Team Blue is STILL trying to rewrite history when it comes to Loughner, and they’re not going to give that up.

    6. I’m pretty sure no OWS supporters have attempted an assassination of a US Rep yet.

      I’m absolutely certain that no TEA Party supporter(s) have done so, either.

      Or did you have some helpful links proving otherwise…?

      1. Or did you have some helpful links proving otherwise…?

        Evidently not. Noted.

    7. I’m pretty sure no OWS supporters have attempted an assassination of a US Rep yet.

      Have a vodka soaked tampon. Use it before you hurt yourself trying to think.

  13. Gotta chum the waters for Holy Terror.

  14. Two words: “The Spirit.” ‘Nuff said.

    1. A national tragedy eclipsing anything Al-quaeda has ever done.

      1. Amen. Why not just dig up Eisner and have a pack stray dogs piss all over his moldy bones?

    2. “Two words: “The Spirit.” ‘Nuff said.”

      Still better than having Michael Moore, Sean Penn and Tom Morello on your side.

  15. I’m officially in love with Frank Miller.

    Even if hes a jihad-panic-baby… his shitting on the OWS punk-kids is A+ material.

    1. “Even if hes a jihad-panic-baby… ”

      Draw and make public a picture of Mohammed and THEN come back and annoy us with your apologism.

  16. Got that? Shaddupya face about TARP and other policy FUBARS because of Islamic extremists? I’m really not following here….
    Bonus to look forward to: Reason’s Peter Suderman reviews Miller’s new (and widely panned) anti-Islam graphic novel, Holy Terror, in the next issue of the mag.

    You can’t blame the guy for engaging in a little boosterism for his latest book. God knows you’ve pimped Declaration of Independents enough in this blog.

    1. God knows you’ve pimped Declaration of Independents enough in this blog.

      hmmm, what? They wrote a book?

  17. “Occupy” is nothing short of a clumsy, poorly-expressed attempt at anarchy,

    I disagree with Mr. Miller on this point. It’s hardly anarchy when you’re begging the administration to put his ideas into overdrive, press harder on the throttle and scream, “Ramming speed!”

    1. “”I disagree with Mr. Miller on this point. It’s hardly anarchy when you’re begging the administration to put his ideas into overdrive, press harder on the throttle and scream, “Ramming speed!”

      Most self-proclaimed Anarchists really just want Marxism.

  18. My burg has its own Hobbesville.

    This Thursday they’re bringing in one of those giant left-wing puppet groups. So that have that going for them, which is nice.

    1. …Pool and a pond… Pond be good for you.

    2. “they’re bringing in one of those giant left-wing puppet groups”

      I thought OWS was a left-wing puppet group. Are you talking about an actual hands-up-the-ass puppet show with muppets and shit?

      1. Yeah, that sentence has some problems.

        Its unclear whether there are a large number of left-wing puppeteering oganizations, whether there is a left-wing puppeteering society peopled by abnormally large people, or whether they specialize only in big-bird-or-larger-sized ‘puppets’…

        1. My agent said this was just promotional work for my movie coming out the day before Thanksgiving, November 23, 2011 in theaters nationwide. Fuck.

    3. Just out of curiosity, but do the giant puppet people actually perform puppet shows with the giant puppets? Or do they just carry them around on sticks?

  19. the Occupants (Occupiers? Occutards?)

    Freebaggers.

    1. I like this and will use it.

      1. Almanian|11.14.11 @ 2:00PM|#

        I like this and will use it.

        …said the rapist…

        1. Dear Miss Manners:

          I’m a young, inadequately employed and inconsistently bathed hipster with disfiguring, Maori-style facial tattoos, a nose ring and a weedy quasi-soul patch, looking to maybe ‘connect’ with that one special, elusive someone tonight at my local OWS crotch louse-palooza. What thoughtful little tips or ‘extras’ can you recommend, to make the evening a smashing success?”

          Dear Male Gaze:

          1.) One of those retarded, identity-concealing V For Vendetta masks.

          2.) An escape route.

  20. Of the crazy republicans in the entertainment business I have to say I prefer John Milius over Frank Miller.

    This is only a criticism of their crazy republican remarks and not a judgment of their professional work.

  21. Channeling America-Love-it-or-Leave-it rhetoric that wasn’t convincing when articulated by a pre-prison Spiro Agnew is no way to win arguments and influence people.

    I’ve thought that to simple be an expression of the sentiments of most Americans when listening to the bitching of the counter-culture, not an attempt to change their attitudes (an impossible task anyway). It’s a shame that exile is no longer a fashionable action.

    1. Why exile people when you can send them to Detroit?

      Its effectively the same as Myanmar from what I’ve been told.

  22. “Non sequitur” should be non-hyphenated.

    1. Speaking of non sequitur…

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  24. You said a mouthful.

  25. POPULAR OWS PICKUP LINES FOR MALE-BODIED PERSONS (PRIOR TO VIOLENT RAPING OF FEMALE-BODIED PERSONS):

    “Actually, the ‘V’ stands for venereal, not vendetta.”

    “Smells like Phish!”

    “Now, just lean forward, and humm clearly into the Human Mic.”

    “Anyone ever tell you that, in just the right sort of lighting, you look almost exactly like Rachel Madd — oh, hell, it’s gone all noodly again!”

    “Andrea Dworkin was right, baby!”

    “I AM the 99 Millimeters!”

  26. God knows how many of his fans he alienated with the whole losers playing World of Warcraft in their mothers’ basement remark. I’m sure those particular people make up the majority of Frank Miller’s readers. What a dumbass.

  27. A great many of the Occupiers are anarcho-communists. I had a formal debate with one a short while ago about capitalism, and many of the student audience were involved in Occupy Boston.

    …and I have that Daredevil issue.

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