Watchmen creator Alan Moore has joined the notable ranks of Occupy Comics, an organization of writers and artists that are lending their support to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Moore recently spoke with Honest Publishing, voicing his support for the movement as well as condemning industry contemporary Frank Miller who recently spoke out against the movement calling the protesters, “louts, thieves, and rapists.” Ouch.
Moore retorted, attacking Miller’s work, calling Sin City “unreconstructed misogyny” and 300 “ahistoric, homophobic, and completely misguided.” His thoughts on the movement and a few more choice words concerning Miller’s attitude are as follows:
“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…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. ”
Preach on, Brother Moore. Honestly, I love the work of both these guys in spite of all their flaws. And while I think Miller is being rather harsh in his opinions of the protesters, I think Moore could have been a little more professional in his rebuttal. Attacking a fellow artist’s work is like pant-sing the new kid because your friends pressured you to, or subscribing to the fear-mongering of Glenn Beck; it’s scandalous and after you’ve done it, you know immediately that you did something wrong.