December 06, 2011

Oh golly -- there's some comics about the Occupy movement

The "big" news is that comics legend Alan Moore has now contributed to the cause -- Moore being best known for Watchmen and V for Vendetta. Now, Moore may be a literary genius, but he's plain stupid when it comes to politics and basic reality:

The famously left-wing Moore recently responded to Frank Miller’s scathing criticism of the Occupy movement, saying, “As far as I can see, the Occupy movement is just ordinary people reclaiming rights which should always have been theirs. 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; they’ve certainly not been punished in any way because they’re too big to fail. I think that the Occupy movement is, in one sense, the public saying that they should be the ones to decide who’s too big to fail. 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. 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 favour of it. We would definitely have to agree to differ on that one.”

Nice cheap shot there at Frank Miller. At least Miller's grounded in reality. But let's take Moore's points one at a time:

1) Where have Americans seen a "gross reduction" in their living standards, aside from the current economic downturn? There hasn't been one. And we certainly cannot see into the future so to say that "possibly for generations" is just that -- a possibility. But there certainly will be other factors involved in such besides what the Occupiers view as culpable.

2) Once again, we see an Occupy sympathizer completely clueless as to who's really at fault for the current economic woes. It is GOVERNMENT, idiot!! Who said everything was honkey-dorey with the housing and mortgage situation? Government. Who provided insufficient oversight into the banking industry? Government. Who deemed these various industries as too big to fail? Government. Crony Capitalism is all about government ... being in bed with various industries. Industries/Corporations exist to make money. Period. It is government's job to provide oversight and regulation with regards to them ... so that the quest for the buck doesn't screw Joe Six-Pack over. It failed.

3) The Occupy movement "seems to be handled in a very intelligent, non-violent way?" If anything proves Moore is way out in left field, this does. That, or he doesn't keep up on the news whatsoever.

4) What's more, Moore is a member of the 1%, so who gives a f*** about his elitist opinion anyway? The guy's got such hard-on for himself that he refused to attach his name to the Watchmen and V for Vendetta films -- he believes his work will be "bastardized" or something. He also detests Hollywood, among other things. (Though one has to give him credit for consistency and principle, I'll grant, since he has refused royalties from the films.)

At any rate, at least the silly Occupy Comics idiocy has someone like Moore to say "Hey look! We got a 'someone' with us!" because the rest of the list is just a bunch of nobodies and wannbes.

Posted by Hube at December 6, 2011 05:04 PM | TrackBack

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The problem is, as regards #2, when you phrase it "the government" should have phrased it..."the already bought-off government."

Posted by: amspirnational at December 6, 2011 05:23 PM

Makes little difference to the thesis. Government is STILL failing to act/do its job as it should. Therefore, the idiot Occupiers are targeting the wrong things. Every single city's Occupy group should go to D.C. and stay there.

Posted by: Hube at December 6, 2011 05:25 PM


I hate to disagree with you in front of the kids but....I gotta.

1) I would argue that the crashes of 1792, 1796 and 1929 (and subsequent Great Depression) would be other examples. YMMV.

in re: #2 he's right but not for the reason he thinks. Those responsible DID get rewarded. Franklin Raines walked away with a hundred million bucks. The banks that risked it all on CDO's and loan extensions were bailed out. I haven't seen anyone who's paid the price for creating this debacle.

3) MSM has whitewashed any incidents of violence so as to avoid damaging the movement or its message.

4) "He also detests Hollywood, among other things." Even broken clocks are right twice a day. I read his reasoning on why he didn't want Watchmen to be adapted and I agreed with him. He envisioned it as a comic that could show why comics can do things that films cannot. He wanted it to stand on its own. No different than an author who doesn't want his book turned into a TV show or movie. I also agree with him that V for Vendetta didn't really do the comic book justice. I happen to like both films but they're not my property so i'd prob. feel differently if it were.

Posted by: Duffy at December 7, 2011 12:44 PM

1) I actually meant, there has been a steady increase in the American standard of living since WW II. No ancient history involved. (And what's YMMV?)

2) But WHO rewarded them? Who ALLOWED them to get rewarded? GOVERNMENT!!

3) Yep.

4) Does a Hollywood adaptation ever do a literary work justice? If anything, the Hollywood exposure would open up Moore's comic work to a whole new audience who might not've ever been aware of it, and he should appreciate that alone.

Posted by: Hube at December 7, 2011 12:58 PM

1. Yes. A "rich" family in the 1970's did not have all the amenities that a middle class one now enjoys. (YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary)

2. Precisely. I agree government is to blame (largely) but the only people paying the price are plebians like you and me.

4. Probably. Some stand on their own quite well. It's impossible to to a page by page shoot. The Godfather is a good example. Very faithful to the original source but not exhaustively so. Also the recent version of True Grit.

Posted by: Duffy at December 8, 2011 09:46 AM