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If you haven't heard, a comic book artist by the name of Artist Rafael Albuquerque drew a cover of "Batgirl" that has been deemed offensive by some people. After emails, tweets, and even threats, artist Rafael Albuquerque sided with the fans and had the variant cover pulled. Normally, I do my best to stay away from topics that every writer from Fox news to your every day blogger is discussing, but this particular subject angered me.
First off, let me just say that I will never tell someone they don't have the right to be offended by something. It is not my place to say that and I don't know what someone has been through and even if I did, I wasn't in their body when it happened. What I will say is that calling for someone's work of art to be removed because you are offended is a bit selfish. Just because you are disgusted or appalled by an image doesn't necessarily mean it should be removed. There have been plenty of paintings, sculptures, and other works of art that have been seen as vulgar, overly sexual, and down right offensive, but that always depended on the viewer. When I saw the picture, I had to really sit and look for a while to figure out exactly what was so offensive.
Rafael Albuquerque released a statement saying:
"My Batgirl variant cover artwork was designed to pay homage to a comic that I really admire, and I know is a favorite of many readers. 'The Killing Joke' is part of Batgirl’s canon and artistically, I couldn't avoid portraying the traumatic relationship between Barbara Gordon and the Joker.
For me, it was just a creepy cover that brought up something from the character’s past that I was able to interpret artistically. But it has become clear, that for others, it touched a very important nerve. I respect these opinions and, despite whether the discussion is right or wrong, no opinion should be discredited.
My intention was never to hurt or upset anyone through my art. For that reason, I have recommended to DC that the variant cover be pulled. I'm incredibly pleased that DC Comics is listening to my concerns and will not be publishing the cover art in June as previously announced."
I can admire the man for apologizing for hurting someone even if those were not his intentions. It takes a big person to apologize for anything. Especially to a large group of angry people. I find it comical that people have received death threats over their opinion on whether or not the cover is offensive or not. It is disgusting, but a bit hilarious. More than anything, I feel like this is a slippery slope towards people being able to say that they don't like something and can have it pulled down because they didn't like it. Meanwhile, "Gotham Central #10: Half and Half" has a very similar image without the same uproar on any level.
June is Joker month and could Rafael Albuquerque have used a different kind of image to portray his love of "The Killing Joke"? Of course he could have, but for him that was the image that his heart told him to draw. Regardless of how you feel about the cover art, it is still art and this isn't a guy drawing a picture to put women down. And if you don't like it, you could always just just ignore it and move on.