It’s early days, but the Joker Movie, which has been a source of recent politico-cultural controversy, already ranks ninth on IMDb’s highest rated movies of all times.
Sandwiched between Pulp Fiction and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly; Joker has enjoyed monstrous success scoring a record $13.3M on Thursday night.
The R-rated “Joker” is directed by Todd Phillips from a screenplay he wrote with Scott Silver about a failed stand-up comedian who becomes a psychopathic criminal. Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp and Marc Maron also star. Concerns have been raised about the violence-laden film glamorizing a mass killer. New York and Los Angeles police are deploying officers to theaters screening the film this weekend.
Joker is expected to surpass previous Box Office records on Opening Weekend.
The theme of the movie, culturally linked to hard right sh*tposters on social media, and, what has been described by the press as the ‘Incel Ideology’; much concern by pundits and the media has been expressed about mass shootings at movie theaters.
Twitter rules because in the space of two weeks Joker has gone from “Oscar bait masterpiece” to “incel trash for man babies” and it’s all because of our hard work doing posts
— Fred Delicious (@Fred_Delicious) October 1, 2019
NYPD covering ‘Joker’ screenings over fears of incel violence https://t.co/DTlOXsmhUc pic.twitter.com/miEHozj9MX
— New York Post (@nypost) September 30, 2019
The media has even suggested a political alternative movie to the Joker–CUCK.
“watch CUCK this weekend instead”
lol no thanks, Guardian pic.twitter.com/8m2uYK48N7
— Ethan Ralph (@TheRalphRetort) October 5, 2019
Several unverified photos have gone viral on social media displaying notices from movie theaters restricting access to single men–referring to the panic induced by incel-related fear stoked up by the media.
Of course, some of the unverified photos have been humorously doctored into memes interrogating the state of contemporary society and the media’s knee jerk responses to movies which contain themes outside the acceptable progressive monopoly on truth.
“one ticket for the joker movie please” pic.twitter.com/iWKxaj1Jcf
— 🎃HowlsomeAnimeDad🎃 (@WholesomeAniDad) August 31, 2019
Perhaps the memefication of the Joker movie contributes to its success–in addition to its full devotion to prevailing norms, the meme-worthy character of the Joker, and free publication in the form of negative press by the media.
Joker director, Todd Phillips, also blamed ‘woke’ culture for significantly damaging comedy.