After Aaron has some melodramatic fun with sound editing, Jenn and Aaron discuss the newly-released (and apparently controversial) movie “Joker.” They discuss the statements released before the film indicting it for potentially stirring up dangerous imitators by its portrayal of the joker, the claim that the movie is “pro-incel.” Jenn gives her views on why, despite not liking the movie, she found parts of it interesting, while Aaron applies its message and themes to the modern political sphere, especially regarding hero-worship, populism, and the societal need for “othering” villains and oversimplifying morality.
A.O. Scott’s Review of Joker for the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/03/movies/joker-review.html
Jeff Yang’s Review for CNN: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/06/opinions/joker-political-parable-donald-trump-presidency-yang/index.html
An article from The Atlantic summarizing Todd Phillips’ and Joaquin Phoenix’s responses to the “controversy”: https://amp.theatlantic.com/amp/article/599326/
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