DC Comics have had a PR debacle when they announced their latest tryout page for wannabe artists to work on the upcoming Harley Quinn #0. By this point, you're probably aware that one of the panels was supposed to have Harley Quinn naked in a bathtub surrounded by electronics. Specifically, the entry was supposed to show:
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.
Well, this naturally created a firestorm of controversy. The American Psychiatric Association, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Alliance on Mental Illness all released a joint statement which accused DC of making light of suicide. People on Twitter and Facebook publicly shamed the company. The kicker: The contest was announced during National Suicide Prevention Week.
Well, DC finally issued a statement about the whole situation, telling HuffPo:
The purpose of the talent search was to allow new artists an opportunity to draw a single page of a 20-page story. True to the nature of the character, the entire story is cartoony and over-the-top in tone, as Harley Quinn breaks the 4th Wall and satirizes the very scenes she appears in. DC Entertainment sincerely apologizes to anyone who may have found the page synopsis offensive and for not clearly providing the entire context of the scene within the full scope of the story.
Considering DC has had to deal with this, people getting upset over Batman being unable to marry her girlfriend, and as Batman, I'm assuming it's just a terrible week to in meetings at their offices.