When I say "the Joker", what do you think about? Is it the wild card in a deck? Is it that terrible rapper that beefed with Hopsin and TECH N9NE? Or is the the homicidal, woman abusing, maniac clown Batman calls his greatest foe? Well my money's on the third. And if that is in fact the case, then it's would be fair to assume that you know what a movie about the Joker is going to be about. Violence, chaos, and some messed up stuff. In the same way we know what a John Wick movie is about, or a Marine movie is about, etc. You get my point. Yet, some critics who have had the privilege to see an early screening of the movie has claimed that "Joker" can potentially be seen as glorifying incels or insane radicalism. That it promotes the idea of what one messed up individual is capable of. And I say to that idea...WHAT!? Want to know what else does this? The News. People. Life. If anything it should be perceived as a commentary for how close we all are to the edge of anarchy.
Now I haven't seen the movie myself, but I'm betting it's about a man pushed too far. Beyond his breaking point, and without the proper coping mechanisms he goes a little batty (no pun intended...well maybe a little). But see that's the point of the character. A character who is quoted as having said: "madness is like gravity, all you need is a little push" or more notably this monologue from "The Killing Joke" (which, side note, contains the backstory some believe the movie is pulling from).
No one was up in arms when he shot Gordon's daughter, and stripped her naked, so that he could do this. Then DID THIS! And arguably more people have seen this that have seen the Joker movie yet. And more people have read this book than have seen this animated adaptation of it. So maybe, calm the f*ck down. Critics always talk about things as they come across their radar. However, I don't critique ballet performance, just because I went to a show my kid was in once. Why? Because I don't fully understand the art. So, I instead SHUT THE F*#K UP! I don't go around giving my two cents about Operas just because I love Phantom of the Opera. SO, instead...I...SHUT THE F*#K UP! If you don't understand the character, or what he's ALWAYS been. Maybe keep your critiques to what you do know. The script, the performance, the score, the cinematography, etc.
And I'm not saying the Joker isn't a bad fictional character and critics shouldn't opinion. But the idea that this movie is going to CAUSE mass shootings, or CAUSE Incels to "hate women more", is just plain stupid. These things are happening and will happen on their own. With or without this movie. However, the problem here lies with WHITE America and the fact that they never want to take blame for or place blame on the individual. It's never the shooter, it's always the games, or the movies, or the music. It's not the ease of which guns are available, but the ease of which one can watch a show, read a book, or play a game.
Movies have always had a theme. It's not the fault of the Fast and Furious movie franchise is that after seeing their movie, some people go out and speed race. It's not fault of the WWE if after watching their syndication, some people go to their backyard and brawl. Stop shifting blame from where it truly lies. With the individual. Do racist, misogynistic, trash men feel emboldened in Trump's America? Yes, ABSOLUTELY! Is it Trumps fault they do? No, it's not. Because these people already existed, just now they've come to light.
At the end of the day some critics are saying that incels and disturbed loners will relate differently to the movie's Joker than you and I would. Assuming you're not an incel or a disturbed loner. And I say if that's the case, then they already do. From comic book depictions to animated runs. The Joker has never been anything good, and if people are inspired by that stuff, then they already are and this movie isn't going to be the catalyst to drive them over the edge. Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, and Marc Maron. The film arrives in theaters, nationwide, Oct. 4.