By Teerack 25 Comments
The fact this cover was canceled because idiots thought it promoted violence towards women is a shame. Let me be clear; not feminist, but idiots who think they are helping women by turning them into victims every chance they get.
The Joker is a horrible monster of a person a cover with him on it SHOULD be unpleasant that is the entire point. The cover is dark just from the simple image you can understand that what Joker is doing is bad, so how is showing something bad promoting it? I guess “out of sight out of mind” is the logic these people use for their decision making. They would have had to present this in a positive light for them to be promoting it. If anyone is raped or killed in fiction is that promoting rape and killing? No of course not it takes a huge failure of logic to make that leap.
This cover paid homage to one of the best and most renowned stories ever “The Killing Joke” which was a HUGE part of Barbra’s history and was crucial to her character and to her becoming a better hero and moving past the role of side kick. It’s a shame people who are claiming “this is suppose to be a book for new readers” want to rob new readers of one of the MOST quintessential Batgirl stories there is by just pretending it doesn’t exist.
Some times you need to show the horror to teach people empathy because some things are too evil for some people to really imagine. If you can’t handle that then just don’t read it and do the world a favor by shutting up until you’re mature enough to handle uncomfortable subjects. Pretending sexual assault doesn’t exist actually just goes to future victimize and isolate sexual assault victims. Learn to look past your own self righteous ignorance people.
It’s also really unfair to the artist, writer of “The Killing Joke”, and even DC Comics as a whole trying to twist something that really showed the evil and vileness of sexual assault and created a personal conviction against it for 1000s of fans of Barbra who loved the character, into something that allegedly promotes violence towards woman. As if referencing/showing something awful is endorsing it.
There is no actual argument here that proves the people who got this covered pulled right. Violence towards women/domestic/sexual abuse is a real issue in the world, so you are suggesting we pretend it doesn't happen ever and just make sure no one is aware of anything bad happening? Great way to deal with a problem just pretend it doesn't exist and protest anything that reminds you of it.
This cover is referencing the story The Killing Joke which was is honestly without contest the most important story for Barbra's character. What did It lead to? Her becoming a better hero and it helped her evolve past the role of side kick and become her own hero. What did the people who actually read the story walk away with? Long time fans who actually had real feelings for the character felt real empathy for Barbra and a sincere disgust/conviction against sexual crimes more so then a person would feel by default. Comic books make more political/social stances then all the movies and tv shows combined each year, so great job taking something that dealt with a subject most would rather just ignore or pretend didn't exist, and instead tackled it head on and really put it out there for people to see and raised awareness of something truly awful and twisting it into the exact opposite trying to claim it promotes violence towards women.