Graphic novelist Frank Miller unleashes his pen on Occupy movement

"Wake up, pond scum. America is at war with a ruthless enemy."

Frank Miller, the comic artist behind the successful Sin City, 300, and The Dark Knight Returns movies, denounced the Occupy Wall Street protesters in a recent blog post.  In a long statement posted on his website, titled "Anarchy," Miller says he has decided to say what others are "too damn polite" to say.

He wrote:

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.

Miller goes on in a similar vein about the ‘Occupy’ movement, which pundits and media have heralded as a progressive movement destined to change politics in Washington and business in New York. Wrote Miller, “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.”

The graphic novelist’s most recent work is Holy Terror, which came out in September, is a long-awaited analysis – or screed, depending on one’s point of view. Linking the Occupy movement to the current global war on Islamist terror, Miller writes “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.”

While Miller agreed that his latest novel may indeed qualify as propaganda, he also noted that the comics of the 1940s also went to war. It was Superman who got a chance to punch out Adolf Hitler. His current critics see Holy Terror as a crude cartoon, if you will, that lumps together Islamist terrorists with innocent faithful Muslims.

Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.


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