As the controversy surrounding ‘Joker‘ rages as it closes in on being released director Todd Phillips is adding fuel to the fire. The director is known for working in comedy on films such as ‘Road Trip, ‘Old School,’ and ‘The Hangover’ franchise. Now, he is claiming he has put comedy behind him because of “woke culture,” which he feels has ruined the industry.
While Phillips claims that ‘Joker’ wasn’t made “to push buttons” it feels like that is exactly what he is doing:
“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***ing funny guys are like, ‘F*** this s***, 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*** 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.”
With all of that in mind, Phillips ended making a movie about a comedian who doesn’t appear like he could make a living at what he felt was his calling and setting it in a gritty comic book world.
What do you think about Todd Phillips’ views on why comedy has changed these days? Do you believe that his “woke culture” comment will cause any further backlash for the film? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
‘Joker’ will be laughing into your local theater on October 4th, 2019!
Source: Heroic Hollywood