Comic Book Legends Alan Moore and Frank Miller Feud Over Occupy Movement
The creator of “Watchmen” and “V for Vendetta” says he and the “300” and “Dark Knight Returns” creator have “diametrically opposing views,” especially on Occupy Wall Street protestors.
It’s a battle of epic comic book proportions.
Last month Frank Miller, creator of the acclaimed Sin City, Dark Knight Returns and 300 graphic novels, trashed the occupy movement on his website. Now, in a new interview with Honest Publishing, fellow comic book legend Alan Moore shares his own opinion. Spoiler alert: he’s not on Frank Miller’s team.
Moore, the creator of Watchmen and V for Vendetta, first admits that he has never thought highly of Miller. “Frank Miller is someone whose work I’ve barely looked at for the past twenty years,” he says. “I thought the Sin City stuff was unreconstructed misogyny, 300 appeared to be wildly ahistoric, homophobic and just completely misguided.
When asked about Miller’s comments, Moore said, “It’s about what I’d expect from him… I think it would be fair to say that me and Frank Miller have diametrically opposing views upon all sorts of things, but certainly upon the Occupy movement.”
Miller, 54, had written on his website November 7, “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 protests, which began in New York in mid-September, aim to bring awareness to corporate greed and corruption.
“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,” added Miller. He goes on to call the protesters “a bunch of iPhone, iPad wielding spoiled brats who should stop getting in the way of working people and find jobs for themselves.”
Well Moore just wasn’t having it.
“As far as I can see, the Occupy movement is just ordinary people reclaiming rights which should always have been theirs,” he said. “I can’t think of any reason why as a population we should be expected to stand by and see a gross reduction in the living standards of ourselves and our kids, possibly for generations, when the people who have got us into this have been rewarded for it.”
“It’s a completely justified howl of moral outrage and it seems to be handled in a very intelligent, non-violent way, which is probably another reason why Frank Miller would be less than pleased with it,” Moore went on to say. “I’m sure if it had been a bunch of young, sociopathic vigilantes with Batman make-up on their faces, he’d be more in favor of it. We would definitely have to agree to differ on that one.”