|I don't think my brain's equipped to handle 'men who kill and fuck all day long, that's okeh' but 'women who kill and fuck all day long, that's unfair, bad, and mysoginist' or someone who can't grasp that Marv's inability to grasp homosexuality is anything but Marv being Marv and having nothing to do with Frank Miller using a character for a mouthpiece.|
This sort of thing crops up on messageboards, or just in conversation, nearly any time there's discussion of Miller's work(s), but - okeh, yeah costume-wise maybe I can see some area of complaint, but otherise - if he writes a homosexual (relationship or individual) in a positive or noncritical light, it's ignored, and if he writes a critical or insulting portrayal or even a character's opinion which is disagreed with, things devolve directly to 'Frank Miller hates gays' or 'Miller's a paranoid homophobe.'
Somebody with more patience than I, may take it on themselves to grab some scratch paper or an etchasketch and diagram out a definition of 'fictional characters,' but I think I'll just remain confused and stupefied.
I just swore of this business of defending the name of celebs and artists who I don't know personally, over my flu-med-fueled Mickey Rourke defense, and now I'm doing it again. Shit. I typed this so quickly, I wrote 'paranoid homophone' up above. Still, am I missing the part of fiction where everything that's said, done, inferred is the writer's personal opinion, or is this sort of speculation as foundless as it seems?
(Foundless to me... I'd like to believe these are nominally sane and reasonable people who post this stuff, 'cause I agree with many of them on other things.)
Alright, before I shut off and promise myself I'll never do this sort of thing again, I have to ask:
Has anyone ever heard (or seen in print) Miller himself say anything directly attributable (or even kinda blatant though plausibly deniable) that is in any way homophobic?
Or is it all Marv being thick or the Joker's lipstick?
Are we to start looking at Miller's Batman as a possibly positive, possibly negative potrayal of a harsh but ever-giving billionaire leatherdaddy masochist? Who, after a headshave, has his (corrupted/trained) underage assistant procure academics with bad haircuts and tights for his manic, seething masterplans?