Sin City, 300 Creator Blasts Occupy Wall Street; Is Hollywood Actually Conservative?
Influential graphic novelist and artist Frank Miller recently released a tirade condemning the protestors of Occupy Wall Street:
“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.
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Miller confused many by bringing Al-Qaeda and Islamicism into his argument against OWS. Presumably, he was using the old argument that any criticism of the US “gives comfort” to the enemy.
Miller became a major force in the comic book world as the creator of Sin City, 300, and several installments of the Daredevil and Batman franchises. He directed The Spirit, was executive producer for 300, and wrote several RoboCop movies.
Miller was living in Midtown Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001. He later described that day as a political awakening, when he came to see patriotism as “self-preservation.” Last September, Miller released a graphic novel called Holy Terror, that was roundly routed by critics as uninformed anti-Muslim propaganda.
Many would think that Miller pushes against the “liberal domination” of Hollywood; but in UK newspaper The Guardian, writer Rick Moody makes a compelling case that Hollywood itself is one of the biggest factories of conservative propaganda.
Moody describes Miller’s own film 300 as an illustration of hawkish, neo-con politics: the Middle Eastern enemies are anonymous evildoers (in the film, all of the Persian soldiers wear masks); right is asserted through physical violence and martyrdom. Moody rightfully highlights that this black-and-white thinking bears little resemblance to the realities of global politics.
I think Moody makes a valid point, as long as one keeps in mind that this Conservative Hollywood message really only applies to the action genre. Famous actors and directors like Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Barbara Streisand, and Stephen Spielberg are well-known supporters of liberal causes, and Hollywood is often somewhat more progressive on social issues.
However, a different tone prevails among men who shoot things and blow them up (at least in the movies). Well-known Hollywood conservatives include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis- pretty much anyone in The Expendables 2. To this end, their movies are rarely about increasing tolerance and equality- or only if this is achieved by killing someone who is homicidally and sociopathically opposed to peace.
What do you think? Does Hollywood reflect Miller’s statement?