It is often said that easy times breed weak men. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the collapse of the evil empire in the East, it is fair to say that things have been pretty good in the West. Sure, we have had our bumps in the road like the 2008 worldwide financial crisis or shocks like the 9/11 attacks. But, by-and-large, this has been an incredible time to be alive in the West.
The world got smaller as long-distance travel became affordable for many more in the West, allowing unprecedented access to new cultures and experiences. The world also became connected at the speed of thought via the internet.
Diseases were controlled or eradicated completely as new medicines were created. Infant mortality plummeted. More people were lifted out of poverty globally than at any other time in human history.
In short, easy times. Which explains the abundance of weak people. The problem is that these weak people now have control of the narrative and have unleashed the “Woke” upon us.
A self-flagellating, competitive, virtue-signalling, where the mob – cyber or real, can deplatform, cancel and disappear a dissident at a speed that would make the Soviet secret police forces positively organismic! And they don’t even realise that they are the racists, the oppressors, and the fascists now.
As the world in which they live is so easy, so gentle, so insulated, they have literally had to adopt every single cause they can find. If one cannot be found, one has to be created to rally to.
Nowhere is this force more active and feared than in Hollywood. So it is clearly with some bravery that the director of Joker steps forward to call out the new puritans.
Prior to working on Joker, Phillips was very active in the world of movie comedy. Road Trip, Old Skool, and The Hangover are among the best examples of his work.
As part of a Vanity Fair piece on Joaquin Phoenix, Phillips revealed that he began to find it hard to make comedies anymore. The cause of his pain? The “Woke”:
“Go try to be funny nowadays with this woke culture. There were articles written about why comedies don’t work anymore – I’ll tell you why, because all the f–king funny guys are like, ‘F–k this shit, 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–k 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 film received very positive reviews at its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Since then, reactions have become mixed. Some parties are expressing concern over the movie’s messaging and fear of copycat violence.
Is this yet another sign of how wet, pathetic and generally fearful we have become as a culture? We can’t even stomach a movie anymore?
Joker opens this Friday. Western civilisation will fall sometime after this.