DC Comics is holding a contest to find an undiscovered talent, but what they’re asking aspiring artists to draw is shocking some.
Here’s what they want drawn:
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.
It’s just not the idea of drawing someone committing suicide just before the start of National Suicide Prevention Week, but that by depicting the Harley Quinn character naked takes the whole panel in a sexual direction.
Harley Quinn is one of the most popular-and arguably one of the most sexualized-female characters in DC’s deck. A member of a covert group of villains called Suicide Squad, she currently works for the U.S. government. The four panels DC wants fledgling artists to draw all depict Harley courting death. Panel 2 shows her hanging out in a crocodile pond, Panel 3, sitting happily in the mouth of a whale. But the final panel is both grim and blatantly sexual:
The whole story seemed too bizarre to me, but it’s true. See the contest details for yourself.