Friday, September 13, 2013

WTFriday: Comics controversy

Someone at DC thought it would be awesome to recruit potential artists by having them draw Harley Quinn naked and on the verge of suicide.

It seems I'm behind the times in just now reading about this, but if you're in the same boat, we can pick our collective jaws off the floor together.

I don't know what's more telling: that someone found this tasteful, or that when the tastelessness was called out, the official response was, "Oops, sorry we forgot to explain why you're not supposed to be offended."

Read more about DC's PR goofs at The Outhouse.

It's kind of like the "satire" defense of the "Blurred Lines" video. It's hard to claim when the supposed parody is indistinguishable from the trends it supposedly lampoons.

On a tangentially related topic (Metal Gear Solid 5), I love how this person picks apart arguments commonly used to defend overly eroticized portrayals of women in video games (much of the same could probably be said for comics). I particularly applaud her response to the "sex sells" argument:

  1. Only to a particular demographic, which is not the only group gaming nowadays, and 
  2. Have you played Skyrim, Call of Duty, or anything featuring a chubby plumber?


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