AMBER LOVE 13-MAR-2015 As I’ve said many times, PTSD is real. It does not only apply to veterans of wars. It’s no longer called “shellshock” and now refers to any trauma. I’ve covered it extensively here and here and here and here (TW on those links). So when I started seeing tweets about the BATGIRL “Joker” variant, I didn’t want to jump into the fray. If I hear Batgirl and Joker in the same sentence, I have a feeling it’s about rape. Yet, DC rebooted everything and Barbara Gordon was taken out of the wheelchair and she’s not Oracle; she’s Batgirl. So they kind of pretend THE KILLING JOKE never happened. Only it did. It’s not some forgotten story. It’s iconic.
I’m not going to show the picture here. It’s out there in a million other places. I think DC Women Kicking Ass is the go-to blog on this. Sue does show the cover there – fair warning. While it doesn’t show a naked Batgirl, it shows Joker in the same purple fedora holding a gun like in TKJ. I don’t care nearly as much because this is a variant. I still think trigger warnings would have been the responsible thing to do. Trigger warnings are not censorship. When my local shop gets in certain sexually explicit comics, they go behind a counter or in white boxes the customers aren’t allowed in without permission. Why is rape constantly considered acceptable for the shelves when consensual sex imagery is not?
Will the team responsible for the cover own up like the creative team who put out that transphobic/trans-trope issue who came together and issued an apology?