Friday, September 13, 2013

Shame On You DC Comics—Suicide Is Not Funny!

This week DC comics made news for their appalling art competition where they asked artists to draw scenes of their Harley Quinn character attempting to commit suicide, and get this, naked.

Here’s how they described the final panel, with the previous 3 being very similar:
“Harley sitting naked in a bathtub with toasters, blow dryers, blenders, appliances all dangling above the bathtub and she has a cord that will release them all. We are watching the moment before the inevitable death. Her expression is one of “oh well, guess that’s it for me” and she has resigned herself to the moment that is going to happen.”
I almost have no words, reading about this contest, made me sick to my stomach. I can hardly believe that a company would be so insensitive and irresponsible.

If you haven’t heard, the rate of suicide is rising, the highest in 15 years. It occurs more commonly in males, which stands at 79% of all U.S. suicides. More than 90% of people who die by suicide have a treatable mental illness such as depression, bipolar illness, schizophrenia and/or alcohol and substance abuse. Yet only 38% of adults and 20% of children and teens receive treatment. There’s an average of 105 suicides a day, more than 300,000 in the past 10 years. Unfortunately, today many people died from suicide.

It’s completely irresponsible for a company who profits off of young and particularly male consumers to glorify suicide. It’s flat out dangerous because lives are at stake. Research has shown that teens are vulnerable to suicide contagion, where the suicide of one teen can affect the suicidal thoughts and behaviors of another teen. The last thing they need is their comic book heroes committing suicide!

It also goes without question that this contest is insensitive to those who have lost a loved one to suicide. And personally, having a child who has dealt with suicidal thoughts, I am disappointed!

Shame on you DC Comics!

I hope DC Comics will reconsider their contest and instead use this creative opportunity to bring awareness to suicide prevention.

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1 comment:

  1. That is appalling. You should write them a letter.