Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday compared herself to unhinged psychopath “Rorschach,” a famous character from writer Alan Moore’s graphic novel “Watchmen.”
“To quote Alan Moore: ‘None of you understand. I’m not locked up in here with YOU. You’re locked up in here with ME,’ ” the New York Democrat said in response to a Politico piece titled “Exasperated Democrats try to rein in @AOC.”
The story came to her attention via a tweet from civil rights lawyer Cristobal Alex of Latino Victory Fund.
“Let me try and save folks some time here. You cannot rein in Latinas. They rein you in,” he tweeted.
“Watchmen” is a deconstruction of the superhero genre written by Mr. Moore in the 1980s.
The famous comic book tale brought to life by artist Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins was adapted into a 2009 film by director Zack Snyder.
“We came up with the character Rorschach as a way of exploring what that Batman-type — driven, vengeance-fueled — would be like in the real world, and the short answer is: a nutcase,” Mr. Moore once told Comics Britanna.
The story, for instance, features Rorschach retelling the time he burned a suspected kidnapper alive.
“Looked at sky through smoke heavy with human fat and God was not there,” the character says. “The cold, suffocating dark goes on forever and we are alone. Live our lives, lacking anything better to do. Devise reason later. Born from children, hell-bound as ourselves go into oblivion. There is nothing else.”
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