Reblogged from weenerd November 11, 2011
I disagree with this rant on a couple of points:
1. Harley is most definitely a masochist! I think most of us know that
2. She’s always been the kind of girl to strut around in daisy dukes…
3. Reputation… eh, I agree the line itself didn’t ‘sound’ like Harley and was therefore out-of-character, but I do think Harls thinks of herself as someone with a rep to maintain - she’s been ruthless and killed before and has named her associations with Joker & Poison Ivy as examples of her bad-assery
Annnd it’s a little ableist and I don’t really like the notion of taking random strangers’ photos off the internet to make fun of them BUT those quibbles aside, this rant is a good read!
… it’s also actually kinda funny how this person’s summary of Adam Glass’ approach to Harley Quinn actually kinda mirrors things he’s said in private correspondence I’ve been given the opportunity to read… like, especially the bit about “being with the Joker (ew) so must be desperate”… really uncanny!!!
I cried. Well.
I almost cried.
I am on the verge of tears right now.
JESUS MOTHER OF FUCK
WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA?
PLEASE TELL ME SO THAT I KNOW WHO TO REPEATEDLY BACKHAND
And then I will blow my nose on his shirt because that will be almost as gross as Harley’s characterization. Almost as gross.
I will bottle my tears, and I will dump them on his face.
LOOK WHAT YOU HAVE WROUGHT”
And it’s not just whining about change. Change— I can handle change. I like different characterizations of Barbara Gordon. I even like different characterizations of Batman. (From the Dark Knight Returns, to Batman Begins, to Brave and the Bold… All things I enjoyed, and I’m very picky with the Batmen I enjoy.)
This is about— for really no other reason that Harley Quinn is a popular—taking a character’s name, CHANGING EVERYTHING ABOUT HER, and then portraying her in the most gaudy and offensive way possible.
Harley in daisy dukes.
There is no subtlety. There is only CHEESECAKE.
Wait no, this isn’t attractive.
This is just kind of gross.
Also I’ve come to the conclusion that Adam Glass has written Harley to be some kind of mentally challenged sex-pot. I’m really not saying this as a “lol she’s returrded” way. I’m saying, she needs help from special services, she is not capable of functioning on her own in an adult society. She isn’t stupid, she just seems like she has some form of autism.
I mean look at her. She can’t even eat ice cream without getting it all over her face.
To me, it’s like Adam Glass understands Harley in this way:
“So there’s this chick right, and she’s kinda kooky. Like, kinda RANDOMLOL and- like— I guess she’s evil, yeah? Like no conscience? ‘Cause she was like, with the Joker so she must be TOTALLY EVIL oh and— since she was with the JOKER (ew) she must be like, super desperate, right? So like, I think she should totally try and fuck Deadshot because we need CONFLICT. Why do people think she’s hot? She’s wearing like a one-piece. And she doesn’t look anything like a clown.
Here, let’s fix that.
Here is your reference.
THIS GON’ BE AWESOME
I mean jesus
Harley has a degree in psychology
What made her interesting is that really, she was kind of a sweet person. She was bubbly and fun, an complement to Joker and a an appropriate juxtaposition against the grim backdrop of Gotham. She lacks scruples because she’s selfish. She lacks scruples because she has a compulsive, unhealthily obsessive love with the Joker.
Speaking of her love of Joker.
How did the idea come about to make Harley lose her panties for every good lookin’ booty out there?
I mean, I admit that’s a fine-ass booty, but—
She’s kind of a one-clown woman. That was kind of in her character.
Her obsessive love.
With the Joker.
One might even call it….a Mad Love.
And she might hook up with Ivy every once in a while when the Joker does something really horrible to her, but that’s because they have a nice, intimate relationship. They’re best friends as much as anything else.
And then we have this, which comes out of left field
And she likens her vagina to a clown car.
Yes. That happened. That happened.
“Welcome to my vagina: it’s like a clown car.
It might look small, but I can fit a lot of dicks in it.”
I am going to find you.
And when I do.
I am going to vomit all over you.
And I will make sure that I have eaten a lot of fish and garlic beforehand so that you NEVER forget the smell.
JOKER IS HER PUDDIN’
SHE’S NOT A MASOCHIST
SHE’S A VICTIM OF ABUSE
ARE YOU SERIOUSLY CONFUSING THOSE TWO THINGS
ARE YOU COMPLETELY DAFT
WHO ARE YOU?!
YOU CLEARLY AREN’T HARLEY QUINN
Harley doesn’t have a reputation to maintain!
HARLEY helped Robin evacuate a crowded building after a botched robbery!
I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO THIS GIRL IS
Color scheme aside, this character is nothing like Harley Quinn. Why didn’t they just make a new character if they wanted to write this….creature? Why did they have to stain the career of a lovely fan favorite?
Oh. Right. She’s a fan favorite. They wanted to draw in more readers, and they weren’t gonna take a chance on some no-name nobody.
I really hate you right now, DC.