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November 16, 2011


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Got a couple of fun news articles this past week. First up is PETA.

Shortly after Super Mario 3D Land debuted on the 3DS, PETA started posting about how "evil" the game is because Mario wears a Tanookie suit. Apparently despite the fact it's set in a magical kingdom full of fantasy and whimsy, the fan's long awaited revival of the Tanookie suit is encouraging the wearing of real life skinned animal furs.

My first reaction to this was annoyance, followed by laughter. It is rather silly to be going after Mario for something like this... especially when there are far better candidates in the video game world for animal cruelty... like say... Cabelas?

Remember a while back when they went after "Cooking Mama" because you cooked meat in the game? Or when they tried to make a knock off of Super Meat Boy? If you're going to protest animal abuse/murder/testing/etc... wouldn't it be better to go after real life stuff instead of fantasy cartoon video games? I support animal rights too, but going after Super Mario is pretty damn depraved in my books and not helpful in making me want to join your group, PETA. If you have to resort to shock tactics like this to get attention for your cause, you're doing something wrong.

Next up... Frank Miller.

As many of you know Frank Miller is considered a "god" among comic fans. He's responsible for The Dark Knight, Sin City, and 300 for starters...

Recently he posted a blog… about how much he thinks the Occupy Wallstreet protests are nothing but a bunch of homeless lazy hipsters who refuse to get a job or join the army.

It's a very frank (ha ha get it?) blog post and unmistakably nasty in it's tone. A lot of people are freaking out over it and there have been rumors about boycotting anything else he produces from now on. My question is... have any of these people upset at his blog post actually READ his books? 
I don't claim to be intimate with Frank's psyche, but if you've read his books then his response really shouldn't be all that surprising at all. The man has always been steadfast and blunt in giving his opinion and especially so in his comics.

I guess it just surprises me that so many people are surprised at his viewpoint on the subject. As of right now his blog has gotten 7,351 comments and the torrent of flame doesn't seem to be showing signs of burning out anytime soon.

Now I don't want any discussion about the Occupy Wallstreet movement itself here in this journal, because that's not really the issue. The issue is Frank's position and the reaction of the fans. I really don't care how you feel about the protest or what your thoughts on the protests's success/failure is. I already did a journal about that a while ago and I want to keep the comments here centered on Mr. Miller.

What do you think? Do you think his fans, who should know his political and personal beliefs all too well, are justified in their reaction to his post? Do you think they should calm down and just ignore it?

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DTJB Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know how PETA are the biggest hypocrites ever?
DeepC Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You have got to be kidding on Mario...
bobkitty1123 Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
He is entitled to his opinion, and I won't fault him for it. Albiet, it's a hateful opinion and so I can't get behind it, but I won't boycot him or anyone, for that matter, over something so trivial when it comes down to it. For example, there is this musician (i can't remember his name) who happens to be a satanist. He doesn't sing or write about it in his songs, and, in fact, his songs are really clean and loving but everyone at my school hates all his music because of one simple aspect of his personal life. I think it shouldn't matter unless it's an integral part of that person's work.
Tranen-Hexe Nov 23, 2011  Student General Artist
I find it funny how they say people who flame them for doing this protest are wrong for doing so, yet they do the same when someone does the same thing...
Tranen-Hexe Nov 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Just reread that, could I have said same anymore?
LoudSkies Nov 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I don't mind Miller's post that much, really. It's expressing his opinion - yes, quite bluntly, as you mentioned - but so are the people who support Occupy Wall Street. It's just another facet of having freedom of speech. I don't really understand why he's been accused of being ignorant or stupid, among other things, because of the post. It's wasn't something I'd consider to be a vile and inhumane point of view, that's a tad silly.
As for PETA, it's laughable. While I support animal rights, their actions just seem futile, at times. It might have something to do with having a classmate who accused everybody who ate meat a murderer that should burn in hell, pretty much. Heck, I support her point of view, but after the way she presents it, I don't WANT to any longer!
It reminds me of the whole Dixie Chicks drama way back when...
Pemphredo Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
holy fuck, this is so incredibly redicioulus -___- i cannot standb peta anyways, theyre just a bunch of hypocritical, overreactinf fucks.
plaidfluff Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The only thing they're going after is cheap publicity.
You should take Peta seriously. Imagine how many Cosplayers will go hunting wild Tanookies to make their Tannokie Suit Mario Cosplay ready complete.
I can see it now, people in Sepiroth-Cosplays slaugthering many Tanookies with the weapons no convention allowed them to keep.

Damn, Mario, you're scary
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