I recently did something I rarely do. I watched a movie I’d recently seen a second time. I’m not a professional critic (thank god), and my time is rather limited. But I had to make an exception for Joker.
There was yet another round of screams and hair pulling from the Woketards when Joker got eleven Oscar nominations. Not only had their cries and lamentations failed to drive this film to box office oblivion. Now the Academy wanted shower awards all over it and the Academy is about as Converged as you can get.
Why so serious?
This isn’t their usual posturing. This isn’t about anything on the screen being racist, sexist or any other -ist. This isn’t about the kind of faux rage where you are desperately hoping someone will like your angry virtue signaling enough to give you a moment of validation and gift you a click. This isn’t about hating what the Hivemind told you hate this week. The tone is that of the snapping and snarling of a toy dog lost in the woods and is trying to scare off a cougar that knows it’s just found an easy snack.
This is fear.
So what are the Woketards afraid of?
I’m on the record as having been against giving Joker an origin story. I was certain that the character would suffer from having a point in his life where he was once a just man. But Todd Phillips delivered something that was close to an anti-origin story.
Usually a superhero film is about a hero finding his identity. But throughout the course of Joker the protagonist is repeatedly stripped of his identity. First of his fantasy identity of being Murray Franklin’s son, when Murray humiliates him on national television. Then of his self-actualized identity of being Thomas Wayne’s son, when Wayne tells him that that was just his crazy mother’s fantasy. Then punches him the face to drive the message home. Finally, he is even stripped of his identity of being Arthur Fleck, when reads his adoption records and discovers that she created all of his problems by severely abusing him as a child. By the time he goes on Murray’s show, the only identity that has been left for the man is the Joker.
Joker really was a man who came from nowhere and shook the system to it’s roots.
But why does he scare the Woketards so much?
Because they are the system at this point.
And because he is of a trope that terrifies them and has been doing so for a while. I call them the Rorschach heroes. Not for Alan Moore’s character from Watchmen, (although, he was certainly one of them) but because of the image they leave on peoples minds when they see them on screen.
SJWs know there is something on that screen that they don’t want to see. That they will look upon the face of something that they will have to interpret themselves. And in the act of delineation, they find something that horrifies them.
5. Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver)
“Listen you fuckers, you screwheads. Here’s a man who would not take it anymore. A man stood up against the scum, the cunts, the dogs, the filth, the shit, here is someone who STOOD UP.“
Taxi Driver shook a lot of people up. And these were the same people that were quietly cheering when Hinkley shot President Reagan. I think he was the first of the Rorschach Heroes. He was genesis.
4. D-Fens (Falling Down)
“Why am I calling you by your first names? I don’t even know you. I still call my boss “Mister”, and I’ve been working for him for seven years, but all of a sudden I walk in here and I’m calling you Rick and Sheila like we’re in some kind of AA meeting. . .I don’t want to be your buddy, Rick. I just want some breakfast.”
The next one is from Falling Down. A button down nerd with a pocket protector (pictured above) who goes on a rampage. D-Fens finally goes down in a shoot out with a lawman who has joined him in spirit at the end of the hunt.
3. Light Yagami (Deathnote)
“This world is rotten and those who are making it rot deserve to die. Someone has to do it, so why not me? Even if it means sacrificing my own mind and soul, it’s worth it. Because the world… can’t go on like this. I wonder… what if someone else had picked up this notebook? Is there anyone out there other than me who’d be willing to eliminate the vermin from the world? If I don’t do it, then who will?”
Something for the kids. Light, is the thinking man’s Rorschach. Accomplished at a young age. Highly intelligent. And knows the system wants him to be a part of it. He is happy to put on the face they want to see. Because it doesn’t matter to a man who controls the Deathnote.
Joker (Dark Knight)
“Their morals, their code; it’s a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. You’ll see- I’ll show you. When the chips are down these, uh, civilized people? They’ll eat each other. See I’m not a monster, I’m just ahead of the curve.”
Joker wouldn’t have been made if it wasn’t for Dark Knight’s Joker. Easily the best villain of his decade. His goal was to show the world that all it takes is one bad day to turn anyone into him.
Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I have seen it’s true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout “Save us!”…
…and I’ll look down, and whisper “no.”