Twitter Roasts ‘Joker’ Director For Claiming Comedy Is Dead Because Of ‘Woke Culture’

The film Joker has barely been out for ten seconds, but it’s already become a lightning rod for controversy. When the trailer first came out, it seemed like an incel manifesto put on the screen—a miserable man with untreated mental health issues is bullied by ruffians, so he decides to become a danger to society. Older versions of the Joker aren’t as focused on how he was “forced” to do a murder. He’s more of a big weirdo the Batman has to deal with. Here he’s the hero.

An unexpected angle of discussion has also popped up around Joker. It’s director, Todd Phillips, was the same guy who directed Old School and The Hangover series. Both were very popular in their time, but probably neither of them would fly now. There’s a lot of sexist, racist, transphobic, and horrible stuff in both of them, even if there are also some laughs! Sorry, it’s true.

Anyway, Philips still seems to be getting work, but he’s pissed he can’t do his old shock-bro humor. In an interview with Vanity Fair, he dragged “woke” culture online in a damning paragraph:

“Go try to be funny nowadays with this woke culture,” he says. “There were articles written about why comedies don’t work anymore—I’ll tell you why, because all the f*cking funny guys are like, ‘F*ck this sh*t, because I don’t want to offend you.’ It’s hard to argue with 30 million people on Twitter. You just can’t do it, right? So you just go, ‘I’m out.’”

“I’m out, and you know what? With all my comedies—I think that what comedies in general all have in common—is they’re irreverent. So I go, ‘How do I do something irreverent, but f*ck comedy? Oh I know, let’s take the comic book movie universe and turn it on its head with this.’ And so that’s really where that came from.”

The man likes to say “f*ck.” It’s very telling that he’s worried about all the “f*cking funny guys.” Maybe Philips hasn’t been to a comedy show in awhile. Things have changed in a few ways, my dude.

He is right about one thing—30 million people on Twitter are arguing with him, and they’re being pretty convincing:

Some think it’s much clearer now that Joker is actually about Todd Philips:

There are enough people out there who want more grim retellings from the DC Universe to make Joker a smash hit, so Philips is doing fine. So is comedy.