Over the weekend, the internet was rocked by controversy when rogue blogger Janelle Asselin published an article on Comic Book Resources criticizing artist Kenneth Rocafort's cover for Teen Titans #1 for, among other things, the sexual objectification of teen heroine Wonder Girl. Despite having ostensibly nothing to do with it, unremarkable DC stock artist Brett Booth chimed in in defense of Rocafort, leading to a massive Twitter argument with Asselin that eventually culminated in his supporters sending rape threats through a survey about sexual harassment. The behavior of Booth and his followers has been widely criticized as unprofessional, embarrassing for the industry and fandom, and varying degrees of sexist and misogynist... but IS IT?!
Not everyone agrees that Booth is in the wrong! Maybe he's just defending the inaliable rights of dudes from overbearing puritan feminists! We spoke to two brave supporters of Booth and his fans for their thoughts on the objectification of women in comics: 1990s teen icons Beavis and Butt-head.
The Outhouse: Thanks for coming on our site, guys.
Butt-head: Huh huh. You said coming.
Beavis: Heh heh. Heh heh.
Outhouse (showing the guys the Teen Titans cover): What do you guys think of this?
Butt-head: That's cool!
Outhouse: You like the way Wonder Girl is depicted here?
Butt-head: Who's Wonder Girl?
Outhouse: The girl in the red, right in the middle.
Butt-head: She's hot.
Beavis: Yeah, she's got big boobs!
Butt-head: Shut up, Beavis. Your mom has big boobs.
Beavis: Oh yeah.
Outhouse: So you like it?
Beavis: Yeah! Yeah! Heh heh!
Butt-head: I'll bet that chick wants to score.
Beavis (excited): Yeah! She wants to score! We're gonna score!
Butt-head (slapping Beavis): Settle down, Beavis!
Beavis: Heh. Heh heh.
Outhouse: Okay. So, just to be clear, you don't think that this cover represents an institutional problem in the comics industry that creates a hostile attitude toward woman by treating all female characters as little more than representations of adolescent male sexual fantasies?
Beavis: Hey Butt-head, this sucks. Let's go break stuff.
Butt-head: Good idea, Beavis. This Jude Terror guy is a real fart knocker.
Beavis: Heh heh! He's a butt munch.
Butt-head: Dill weed.
Beavis: Monkey spank.
Butt-head: Huh huh. Huh huh.
Well, there you have it. The Outhouse wanted to make sure that the pro-objectification-of-women-in-comics side had equal time to share their argument. As we suspected based on the commentary we've seen on various message boards, comment sections, and social media, they actually have a very thoughtful and nuanced argument for why every female character in comic books need to be depicted as a hyper-sexualized fuck doll. We guess this matter is far from settled.
Stay tuned to The Outhouse for more fair and balanced reporting like this. Can you believe we didn't get an Eisner nomination?!