Frank Miller’s anti-Occupy rant bewildered me. I knew (or had heard) that he was a conservative. I guess the work kind of bears that out. I didn’t know (or hadn’t heard) that he was bitter and frothy about it. Ah well. I haven’t really enjoyed anything he’s done since the 80s. The last thing I looked at by him was incomprehensibly bad — so bad that the only defense of it I’ve seen that made any sense to me was that it was meant as a parody. I believed that defense, actually, up until the day that I read the anti-Occupy rant (which somebody else half-heartedly tried to defend, by the way, as a parody, on a Facebook thread that I can’t link to from here). It’s the same voice, the same tone, the same everything. This guy — this crank — really is the goddam Frank Miller.
None of which means much. The Occupy movement won’t be affected one way or another. It’ll just go on and take its course.
Miller’s career might be damaged, though. Several of my Facebook friends said they’d “never give him a single dime” after reading his rant. Liberal creator Mark Millar has seen stuff like that on the Internet, too, and decries the “cyber-mob mentality” that makes people want to punish creators for their politics.
As a gay man, I have to keep track of numerous ongoing boycotts. For example, I don’t eat at Chick-Fil-A because they actively oppose my right to live my life, and they do so with the money they would be making from my purchases, if I were to purchase things from them. But that’s just a fast food sandwich. Most people have a company or two that they refuse to deal with for various reasons.
More controversially, I refuse to buy anything that will cause money to collect into the pocket of Orson Scott Card because of shit like this and shit like that. As a board-member of the so-called “National Organization for Marriage,” card, like Chick-Fil-A, is actively working against my interests in a meaningful and impactful way.
Frank Miller, not so much. The only reason I’m not buying his work is that I’m not interested in it.
I’m not saying my friends are wrong to boycott Miller just because they disagree with him. The right to choose how we spend our entertainment dollars is surely one individual liberty that we all have left to us — and we get to use whatever criteria we want to use.
I mostly don’t care about the politics of the people whose products I buy, though, until I discover that they are actively, and effectively, using my money to harm me and my kind. Then I do my best to avoid funneling any money in that direction.
What about you, though? Do you care about the politics of creators and authors?