Joker Is A Dangerous Film — & It’s Bringing Out The Worst In The Internet
The fact that critics — mostly women — are facing the wrath of
Joker fans who are already invoking the fanboy venom we’ve become accustom to (see:
Star Wars) doesn’t surprise me. Unfortunately for women who write things on the internet, threats come to with the gig, particularly when the thing you are writing about is comic book movies. In Hagi’s case, being called a “reverse racist” (a thing that does
not exist) is nothing new for critics of color, especially women critics of color. But it’s still infuriating. One reader didn’t understand why Hagi brought up race at all in her essay. Remember,
Joker‘s narrative focuses on a white dude’s pain. (Even though he gets a Black “love interest” in the enigmatic Zazie Beetz.) The argument that identity politics shouldn’t be discussed over a film that director Todd Phillips describes as a “character study” and is literally a two-hour exploration of one man’s identity is preposterous.