Joker Director Todd Phillips Dismisses the Leftist Mob Coming After His Film, ‘Outrage is a Commodity’

The anti-free speech warriors on the left have been at it again, this time targeting the upcoming Joker movie and demanding that the studio speak out against gun violence.

We live in a society where many of the people who want to police and cancel this film haven’t seen it yet, but that doesn’t matter.

In 2012, a deranged shooter entered a showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, and killed 12 people. The actions of this one psychopath have lead to many insisting that the Joker film, based on a wildly popular character, should not have been made.

In an interview with The Wrap, the movie’s director Todd Phillips brushed off a question about the mob condemning his project.


“I think it’s because outrage is a commodity, I think it’s something that has been a commodity for a while,” Phillips said. “What’s outstanding to me in this discourse in this movie is how easily the far left can sound like the far right when it suits their agenda. It’s really been eye opening for me,” he continued.

Phillips told the interviewer that his goal was just to make a great film. Obviously his intention was not to “incite real world violence” or glorify psychopaths dressing up as clowns. Any rational person can see that this shouldn’t even have had to been said.

“We didn’t make the movie to push buttons,” Phillips told The Wrap. “I literally described to Joaquin at one point in those three months as like, ‘Look at this as a way to sneak a real movie in the studio system under the guise of a comic book film’. It wasn’t, ‘We want to glorify this behavior.’ It was literally like ‘Let’s make a real movie with a real budget and we’ll call it f–ing Joker’. That’s what it was.”

Still, the outrage mob got some of what they wanted and Warner Brothers has issued a statement speaking out against gun violence. Their statement reads as follows:

“Gun violence in our society is a critical issue, and we extend our deepest sympathy to all victims and families impacted by these tragedies. Our company has a long history of donating to victims of violence, including Aurora, and in recent weeks, our parent company joined other business leaders to call on policymakers to enact bi-partisan legislation to address this epidemic. At the same time, Warner Bros. believes that one of the functions of storytelling is to provoke difficult conversations around complex issues. Make no mistake: neither the fictional character Joker, nor the film, is an endorsement of real-world violence of any kind. It is not the intention of the film, the filmmakers or the studio to hold this character up as a hero.”

What a ridiculous world we live in.

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