Joker was an irresponsible film. After watching Joker, I can finally understand what all the fuss was about. The movie centers on a mentally ill man who just can't catch a break. When he finally snaps, he defends his actions by saying that he's only "giving people what they deserve." And underlying his message of revenge is another message of violence against the rich, which was thrown in there for no apparent reason.

Movies like this are irresponsible. They glorify mental illness without educating their audience on how they can seek help for themselves or for others suffering from those illnesses. They plant ideas about vengeance rather than perseverance, and they make violence appear heroic. It's a dangerous message, and Hollywood can't pretend that showing a movie like this won't have an impact on young, impressionable audiences.

If I had a turn at lawmaking, I'd say that movies about mental illnesses should be mandated to show a brief clip before or after that helps audiences understand more about those illnesses and provides them with resources to seek help.
4d ago
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itsMike
With a pen in motion
@EraAvery That’s a good point. Having some kind of brief educational video beforehand would be very beneficial in spreading awareness.
30d ago

Jordan
Free Spirit
@EraAvery I agree completely. The concept of telling the Joker’s backstory was interesting enough to get my attention. However, the concentration on people’s lack of compassion and understanding is disturbing. Further the lack of assistance for individuals with issues was wrong! Everyone has something they’re suffering with. Let’s help one another and bring awareness to light, not ignorance.
30d ago

jenni0220
I'm new here
@Jordan I agree with what you’re saying, that those things are wrong. People should be more compassionate, and help should be more available to those who need it and not as stigmatized. However, I don’t think the film was wrong for portraying these issues because they’re very real. I think it garnered them some much-needed attention.
4d ago

jenni0220
I'm new here
@EraAvery I agree with some of your point. People who aren’t in a stable frame of mind themselves watching this movie could easily get the wrong idea. But I don’t think I’d place blame on the movie for inspiring these individuals; I’d place it on their interpretation/the issues they have that cause this interpretation.
Joker is a violent movie because it’s showcasing a violent world. Whether the issues it depicts are pretty to look at or not, they’re very real. And I think it’s a great film, for that reason as well as how beautifully and artistically it was composed. Anyone who watches the film and condones the character’s actions is completely missing the point, and that view is very harmful to our society. But I think you can understand why he became the way he became without agreeing with his actions or his motives.
And to respond to your other point about how there should be a clip before/after the film addressing mental health issues: I 100% agree with that, that’s a good idea.
4d ago

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