Banned: Comic book artist and movie screenwriter Frank Miller
Genocide is coming: Frank Miller, well known comic book artist and the screenwriter of several major Hollywood movies, was banned from a British comic convention recently because fifteen years earlier — only a few years after the destruction of the World Trade Center and during the American effort to defeat the Islamic terrorist organization al-Qaeda — Miller had penned a comic book whose main character fought those terrorists.
And what prompted Miller’s banning by the convention, dubbed the Thought Bubble festival? Apparently, it received a single complaint from one very unknown Islamic cartoonist.
Miller was dropped after Zainab Akhtar, whom The Mix describes as an “award-winning cartoonist and small press publisher ShortBox founder,” said that she would “no longer be attending Thought Bubble festival this November” because Miller was set to be there. Akhtar explained: “As a proud Muslim woman, I cannot in good conscience attend a festival that deems it appropriate to invite and platform Frank Miller, a person who is responsible for the propagation of abhorrent anti-Muslim hate, particularly via his work.”
Akhtar in her complaint never actually cites any specific examples of Miller’s anti-Muslim hate, thus forcing everyone to guess what Miller’s specific crime might be. The only possible example is that earlier work, which very specifically attacked a terrorist group, not all of Islam.
But then, for the oppressive left, which includes radical Islamists like Akhtar, any criticism of their allies or agenda must always be labeled as “racist.”
As usual, what makes this story most appalling is the obsequiousness of the convention management, which immediately bowed to Akhtar’s slanderous complaint, begging forgiveness in the most cowardly way.
Over the last fourteen years Thought Bubble has grown into an amazing community of comic creators and fans who we love, trust and respect. We have let you down, and in our commitment to maintaining Thought Bubble as a safe space for all, we have fallen short. We exist to share the art form and its worlds with people. If any individual, group or community feels uncomfortable or excluded from our show then we’ve failed. [emphasis mine]
What close-mindedness. It is impossible to support freedom of speech if you insist that everyone always be protected in a “safe space” and that no one can ever feel “uncomfortable.” To be creative you must allow artists to write what they think is important, even if you don’t like it.
Such freedom however is what Thought Bubble opposes, which of course means that true artistic creation is dead to them. All they will tolerate is the same old thing over and over again, always written with the goal of pleasing the small-minded among them, people such as Akhtar.
Though this festival is in Great Britain, it well represents the thinking of academia and the artistic community here in America. Freedom of thought must be squelched, especially if it offends one of the sainted minorities the left genuflects to.
Darkness continues to fall across western civilization. What will replace it will be ugly and evil and oppressive beyond imagining.