March 18, 2015

NEWS: DC Comics pull Joker Batgirl cover after angry feminists complain

Rebel Staff

You may expect this kind of censorship from Marvel, but DC Comics just bowed to the demands of feminists.

A variant cover of Batgirl 41 featuring the Joker dressed in his famed 'Killing Joke' attire drawing a a blood-red smile on the face of a teary-eyed Batgirl was too much for some to bare.

Alan Moore's 'The Killing Joke' is highly regarded as one of the best comics of all time. It is famous for serving as both an origin story for The Joker as well as a scene where Batgirl/Barbara Gordon is left paralyzed. This resulted in her eventually becoming the character Oracle.

Teresa Justino wrote on her female-focused comics website, “It’s disturbing. And while it’s certainly drawn well, and it references a classic story from The Joker’s history, the fact is, it’s not what many of Batgirl readers of any gender want to see for one of DC’s few female heroes currently with her own title.”

The cover was drawn by Rafael Albuquerque who requested DC Comics pull it after the hashtag #ChangeTheCover was started by feminists.

DC Comics released the following statement:

“We publish comic books about the greatest heroes in the world, and the most evil villains imaginable. The Joker variant covers for June are in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Joker. Regardless if fans like Rafael Albuquerque’s homage to Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke graphic novel from 25 years ago, or find it inconsistent with the current tonality of the Batgirl books - threats of violence and harassment are wrong and have no place in comics or society. We stand by our creative talent, and per Rafael’s request, DC Comics will not publish the Batgirl variant.”

There was no reference to a counter-movement to #SaveTheCover which included fans such as actor Adam Baldwin who called the change censorship.

Photo Credit: DC Comics

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commented 2015-04-08 19:48:56 -0400
@maurice P. says "One thing I’ve always believed: “The man or woman who disagrees with me is not my enemy, but the man or woman who would silence me, marginalize me, exclude me from public discourse, or worse yet attempt to have my opinion declared to be criminal, simply BECAUSE they disagree with me, your damn straight they are my enemy! And I will use all legal means at my disposal to kick their ass!!!”

I agree, Mr. P. and I rest my case…you have just made a case for feminism. Women still find themselves in the same situation you describe above and so they are just BEING LIKE YOU when they use all legal means to “kick their ass”……so you see feminism is learned from men like you! :)
commented 2015-03-19 19:04:39 -0400
There would be no uproar at all if it was a woman holding a gun to a man’s head. The media is so biased it is ridiculous. One episode of 2 1/2 MEN Charlie Harper opens the front door and Alan’s girlfriend kicks Charlie right between the legs. I wonder if the roles were reversed this would be acceptable? Charlie kicks her between the legs? Not so funny now is it. Debra on Everybody loves Raymond also kicks her husband in the groin. Change the roles? Hmmm. Not sure if that would go over too well. Most commercials on tv belittle men as a dumb oaf and the woman has to save the day by pointing out what an idiot he is. Rolling her eyes in a look of disdain. Remember when John Bobbit got his dick cut off. Everyone thought it was hilarious. Saying he deserved it for fooling around on his wife. If a man mutilated a woman’s genitals for having an affair he would be called a monster and the talking heads would say terms like “no one deserves that”. The feminists seem to think violence against men is acceptable but don’t dare even raise your voice to a woman or you are verbally abusing her.
Maybe we should talk about solving violence against each other instead of only one gender.
commented 2015-03-19 14:19:34 -0400
Feminism is stupid. It’s a freakin’ story with a storyline. Are they mad that Batgirl becomes paralized? Oh my gosh that’s a crime against women. I see absolutely nothing wrong with this. As most people should know by now, Batman is actually quite a dark comic book and is not really for little tykes (and obviously not for the ‘femisit’). I am a woman, and I agree with Eileen McRae in the comment below – that these feminists are going too far and they definitely do not speak for all women. I hate how everyone sees it as that.
commented 2015-03-19 11:42:32 -0400
What women do in the name of “women’s rights” angers me, frustrates me, and sickens me, and I AM A WOMAN! THEY DO NOT SPEAK FOR ME1 I have far more spine than that! Perhaps the cartoonist should have drawn Batgirl wearing a burka! That might have pleased the feminist cause to no end!
commented 2015-03-18 23:06:05 -0400

Don’t blame the whiny feminists.

Blame DC for bending over.

Disgusting lack of spine!
commented 2015-03-18 19:30:21 -0400
they got a pussy whipping and couldn’t take it….where is my, “I am charlie” sign.
commented 2015-03-18 19:28:01 -0400
Angry feminists – what a totally useless cause. Get used to the loneliness as you get older ladies.
commented 2015-03-18 17:50:59 -0400
Sharia law, female genital mutilation and human rights violations in say Saudi Arabia are just fine with this crowd, but a comic book cover is way to much to deal with for these pseudo and politically correct left leaning feminists. When you can’t deal with real problems create something you can control and go for the media attention. The NDP does this all the time!
commented 2015-03-18 17:46:25 -0400
I’m really sick and tired of the “I’m offended, therefore I am” crowd, but I’m even more sick and tired of the lily-livered wimps who constantly knuckle under to them, and those who give them print space and air time. Your offended… so bloody what??? I hear and see things that I find offensive at least ten times a day. But, guess what?… I’m a big boy… I can handle it!!! Your offended!… Deal with it!!!! One thing I’ve always believed: “The man or woman who disagrees with me is not my enemy, but the man or woman who would silence me, marginalize me, exclude me from public discourse, or worse yet attempt to have my opinion declared to be criminal, simply BECAUSE they disagree with me, your damn straight they are my enemy! And I will use all legal means at my disposal to kick their ass!!!”
commented 2015-03-18 17:41:02 -0400
Teresa Justino needs a spanking.
commented 2015-03-18 16:50:43 -0400
Why do those perverted psychos (feminists) think they can run the entire world? Cartoonists everywhere should receive permission from the loons of society first before try to terrorize the world. What a sick joke.
commented 2015-03-18 16:45:17 -0400
I ended up involved in a five year class action against Status of Women Canada and a group of feminists who had been commissioned to do a study on boy’s education issues. They recommended to parliament that Section 319 of the Criminal Code be revised so that participants in a website dedicated to men’s issues and family law reform could be charged with hate crime . What offended them? CARTOONS!!!!

Famous cartoonist Art Speilman…the creator of MAUS…said it best when he said that if you want to draw blood with a pen draw a cartoon.
commented 2015-03-18 15:45:59 -0400
There are two words in the English language that are the perfect answer for this political correctness. Guess what they are.I am sorry, but these people are constantly undermining our God given right to say what we want when we want to say it. It really is time to fight back this constant harangue from feminists , the GLBT and enviro crowd.
commented 2015-03-18 15:29:25 -0400
It seems we have become a society of mewling babies.
commented 2015-03-18 14:38:21 -0400
It’s a picture.. a comic telling a story. No different than Charlie Hebdo. Free speech Covers the whole spectrum whether I like it or not.