EDITORIAL: Why THE KILLING JOKE Must Be Erased From Existence

Did you find Alan Moore's depiction of true events in his seminal graphic novel The Killing Joke entertaining in any way? If so, you're clearly fine with the rape and torture of innocent women! Click to find out how you can stop being such a bastard..

Have any of us really ever gotten over the events of 1988? That year marked the heinous, disgraceful, downright reprehensible crippling (and possible...well hey, let's make it probable) sexual assault of Barbara Gordon (AKA Batgirl, AKA Oracle, AKA the catalyst for Batman's righteous male revenge and that's all she'll ever be known for) at the hands of Gotham's most infamous bad guy, The Joker.



The city was shaken, shocked to its very core - and even though Barbara went on to miraculously regain the use of her legs many years later, no citizen of Gotham will ever forget that shocking assault, which served absolutely no purpose and had no repercussions for anyone involved. Sure, our Dark Knight beat the crap out of the Joker and sent him to Arkham but how long would that last? NOT REALLY THAT LONG...PROBABLY! In no time at all the Clown Prince of Crime was back on the streets terrorising multiple women (and men, and children... but that's besides the point) and forcing the Caped Crusader into battle to save the innocent souls of Gotham.

As if the horrific memories of that awful time weren't enough, we then had to deal with notoriously evil, misogynistic, and hirsute writer Alan Moore documenting, and glamorising this horrendous crime in a graphic novel he had the gall to title "The Killing Joke"! That comic book was written a long time ago, but now we're going to have to contend with a whole new reminder of that vomit-inducing tragedy - because they're making a f*cking cartoon about it!!

This can not be allowed to happen. The events of that terrible day in Gotham must be erased from existence along with the following examples of real-life victimization of/violence against/mild discomfort suffered by women detailed in various forms of fiction without any artistic merit whatsoever:

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Night Of The Hunter
Sandman
Preacher
Boys Don't Cry
Halloween
The Exorcist
No Country For Old Men
The Bible
V For Vendetta
Watchmen
The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (let's just say everything woman hating slime Alan Moore has ever written)
Irreversible (well, okay, maybe..)
Ulysses
Madame Bovary 
The Scarlet Letter
Slaughterhouse 5
A Clockwork Orange
Dracula


The list goes on. We've all lived through the events detailed in the wretched titles listed above, do we need to be reminded of them on screen and in print every day? After all, it's common knowledge that armed men are now breaking into people's homes, tying them to chairs and forcing them to look at this stuff at gunpoint. If we strive to wipe this... this filth from the face of the Earth, in a few years rape, murder, mutilation, casual sexism and all nasty thoughts in general will also fade away. Do your part CBMers: If a woman is harmed in any book, movie, comic, scripture, painting, tablet, carving, or sculpture you own - burn it! You'll be making the world a better place.


Image via HitFix.
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