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*Note- My apologies and thanks to :iconcerebus873: for clarifying that it was the artist that pulled the Joker variant cover and not DC. Where I address DC for pulling the cover, I am wrong.

**Note- I'll respond to anyone I can, but please forgive me if I miss your response, or if our conversation continues to the point I find it too lengthy to continue. I do respect everyone's opinion, though.

Wow... this journal entry is longer than I intended for it to be.

About a week or two ago, when the Batgirl #41 Joker variant cover drama was going on, I read a few articles and comments on different social media websites and news outlets. I considered both sides of the controversy with their arguments- people who believed the cover was sexist, promoted rape (what? Batgirl wasn't even raped or touched sexually on the cover!), and should be pulled, as well as people who believed the cover captured the fictional but well documented nature of The Joker, who is a sociopath and criminal of extreme proportions. The cover was also a reminder of the past Joker and Batgirl shared from The Killing Joke, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's famous graphic novel where The Joker shoots Barbara Gordan (Batgirl) and paralyzes her. The Killing Joke is so popular that most people reference the book when they speak about The Joker.

Of course, anyone that's seen my DA page knows I'm a huge Joker fan. When the controversy about the cover broke, I was very confused as to why the cover was a big deal. The main reason I was confused was because, as an avid reader of comics featuring The Joker, The Joker has always done crazy things to men and women. He's never targeted one specific gender group for violent acts, and his violent acts have ranged from assault and murder to mass genocide. The Joker wasn't only responsible for shooting Batgirl and making her physically disabled. Joker also murdered the second Robin, Jason Todd, ruthlessly by beating him to death with a crowbar in Death in the Family, written by Jim Starlin, one of the greatest comic book writers of all time.


Holy Crap! This promotes violence and rape against men in costumes!

Now, I don't even think I was born at the time, but I've researched the decisions leading to Jason Todd's death (he was a pretty unpopular Robin at the time with many Batman fans) and I've never read about a huge protest surrounding the 2nd Robin's death. I never heard of people accusing DC of hating young, adolescent males (Robin was what, 15 or younger in Death in the Family?) or promoting violence and rape against men. On top of bludgeoning Robin to death, Joker has blown up a school building (Kevin Smith's Batman:Cacophony), killed a crowd of people as a guest on a talk show (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), kidnapped Robin at gunpoint and drove him around as a hostage bound and gagged in his car (Detective Comics 826 by Paul Dini).... I can go on and on.


Come, my fake-feminists. Let's attack DC for cruelly promoting rape with this scene of Joker kidnapping Robin! Fake-feminists, viral fiends, anyone? *crickets chirping*

The Joker is supposed to be messed up, crazy, creepy, and evil. He's a fictional character, created to be a criminal with an almost superhuman sense of insanity. Going back to the cover, I've heard (and I'm not sure because I'm not a New 52 fan) that the recent Batgirl comics have been marketed towards a younger, female audience and has also had a sense of female empowerment. If that is true, I can certainly understand the backlash against the cover. At the same time, I would think the solution would be to use the cover for something more suitable if the cover seems to contradict what that particular series is about. To remove and ban it from usage altogether not only overlooks the way The Joker has been portrayed for 75+ years, but also enforces censorship.

That rubs me the wrong way. As a writer, and an artist, who has dealt with dark themes and adult subject matter, I despise censorship. Absolutely abhor it. To bully and attack an artist or a company for being creative is despicable. What will come next? Do we completely whitewash the character of The Joker now? Is he too criminal, too insane, to be depicted as a commercially popular fictional character? Maybe the clown makeup is too much- should he just be some dude with regular hair and skin that sits in a corner, never blowing up a building or laughing maniacally? Should he be telling kids to not do drugs and become completely skirmish about guns? Perhaps he shouldn't kill anyone, let alone hold a gun to someone's head. He could catch butterflies and read Shakespeare in a comfortable cell in Arkham. No one would commit crimes, and we could watch Bruce Wayne file paperwork at Wayne Enterprises. None of the women in the book with have boobs or a butt, and they'll all look like ironing boards or beach balls with no sexuality or pronounced form at all. A comfortable, safe comic for everyone, where no one will be offended.



Commissioner Gordon stripped and tortured by The Joker and his midget henchmen.
This promotes rape and objectification of men! Right, my fellow fake-fem protestors?  ....right?

As a freethinker and also a person that hates discrimination, I champion real feminism along with racial and religious equality. Real feminism that preaches gender equality and respect is great to me. Fake feminism where videos and art goes viral, then a pack of wolves attack a creator for a drawing or something they wrote is sickening.

So, as I stated on Facebook earlier today, consider this-

Real feminist issues to address: Domestic abuse, workplace gender discrimination, oppression of women in religious societies/countries, genocide of female babies in China and India.

Fake feminist issues to address- Assaulting a doctor for wearing a T-Shirt designed by a female friend which happens to have half nude animated women on it, attacking and bullying artists for drawing comic book covers.

Just to be funny, can I quote Sinead O'Conner? Fight the real enemy.

This dude expresses his opinion better than I can:



I've also done a breakdown of Jack Nicholson's portrayal of The Joker (one of my favorites) a year or more back. I argued that Jack's Joker showed some interesting misogynistic traits in his character. Were people protesting in '89-'90?

aghorishaivite.blogspot.com/20…

And with that, I leave you with this awesome, unlettered cover by Rafael Albuquerque.

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fordacco Featured By Owner 4 hours ago
Thanks for the faves :happybounce: 
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Thanks bro... for watchingClap 
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Thanks Clap 
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BandMachArt Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks much for Watching!
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Shono Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Catty Clan Girls by Shono  

Just like what WarAngel said: Thanks for the faves!


If you enjoy my comic art then you should check out my latest comic Shadows of Oblivion #3.

If you’re interested you can find it here: shawnmccauleyart.storenvy.com

If not, that’s cool too, I really appreciate the faves and the support!

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Mr-Hypnotyk Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the latest favs, friend!
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Aghorishaivite Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Professional Writer
Welcome!
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Ptratux Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hello Bud! I really appreciate your kind gesture for including my piece in your favorites, Thank you and take care!
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Welcome!
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Young-Titan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  New member
ty for the collect!
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Welcome!
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Thank you for your favorite :)
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IanJMiller Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for all the faves!
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muirart Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much for the fave :)
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randomkeystone Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
Did you Upload and Read "The Wind Soldier"??? Or "Sea-bat"???
R.K.
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Aghorishaivite Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Professional Writer
Oh I thought they were pictures, didn't know they were stories
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randomkeystone Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
If you do have time to read them (they are fairly short); let me know what you think. You might like to bring some of these characters to life "visually".
If you like them, Please have some of your associates check them out too.
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brianb3x Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the fave !
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toriman-28 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Thanks for the fave and watch!! :D
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Welcome!
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RaelIAK Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
It's been long since the last time you favorited one of my arts.
I'm glad you're back to this realm
 
Thanks a lot of for the "bunch" of :+fav:
please,  if you have time, add a comment on your selections  

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Aghorishaivite Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Professional Writer
Welcome!  I love your art and it was great to see that you are still active.  My favorite artwork, hands down, is of Stink Bug gassing Panther Girl!
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