Winston Churchill famously said, "If you are not a liberal at age 20, you don't have a heart. If you are not a conservative at age 40 you dont have a brain."
I think he overstates the case, but I think that as people grow older, they're less interested in change because they have less time to adapt and more at stake, and they're more likely to want to protect the status quo due to their own investment in it--especially someone who's making $400 K selling one piece of artwork. .
Frank Miller strikes me as someone who fears the way the world is going today (hey, it's hard to blame him for that) and wants to viciously strike back at anyone who threatens his status quo in any way, even tangentially. I'm betting he's one of the 1% and wants to thrash the people who are demonizing that fine group.
As noted, some of the words, especially "rapist," are simply name-calling at its worst, spewing venom because he can't even think about arguments against the Occupy Movement in a rational way. Arguing with him rationally would be useless, because rational arguments take two people.
What he says today won't impact the place of his best work in history, although certainly as that attitude infects his work today and in the future as it has, it becomes part of his legacy. It happened to Al Capp; most histories of him note how radically conservative he became in later years, because it showed up in his work.
If someone holds opinions that I think are hateful or irrational, it colors my enjoyment of their work, past, present or future. Since my goal is to be entertained, and that image would hurt the entertainment value, I wouldn't want to read it. Fortunately, there aren't many people whose public persona overrides their artistry for me.
I still enjoy Ditko's Spider-Man and Captain Atom, even though his Mr. A stuff is almost unreadable, and I don't know that I want to meet him. I don't think there's any actor whose opinions are so extreme that I don't watch him for that reason.
It's also true of many, many, many athletes. It's possible to admire what they do without liking who they are, but occasionally, those two are so inseparable that I can't isolate them.
Actually, Churchill may not have said that famous quote about liberals and conservatives at all.
I should have said "is famously quoted as saying." I knew the quote but was surprised when I googled it and found it was Churchill. It doesn't really sound like something he'd say.
Even so, the sentiment is probably accurate for many people. They rebel against the establishment until they become the establishment and don't see why these idiots are rebelling against it. That's why so many parents have a hard time being convincing when they tell their kids how bad it is to smoke pot...
Miller has proudly proclaimed "Holy Terror" as a work of propaganda, in the tradition of anti-Nazi and anti-Japanese propaganda during WWII.
The big difference there is that we were at war against the Nazis and the Japanese, and we're not at war against Muslims. Miller seems to live in a simplistic world these days, where anything he doesn't like or agree with is evil. He doesn't like the Occupy Movement or rapists, therefore the Occupiers are rapists.
And women are either kick-ass ninjas or hookers...some with hearts of gold.
I'll call a spade a spade. Miller has shown himself to be an arrogant, elitist, racist buffoon, and I will not in anyway be facilitating his livelihood with my purchases.