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Joker Isn't An Endorsement Of Incel Violence So Stop Worrying

But definitely keep the kids away from this one.

A heap of people have seen Joaquin Phoenix go full crazy in Joker and word on the street is that the movie is pretty damn good, so much so that the lack of Batman is a positive.

Having said that, many have noted how violent this Clown Prince of Crime origin story is and some folk are worried about Joker potentially inspiring white dudes of the incel kind to commit similar acts of violence in real-life due to the film’s sympathetic treatment towards the protagonist (antagonist?).

This led to some friends and family members of the 2012 Aurora theatre massacre – where Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises was playing – to write an open letter to Warner Bros. expressing their concern over Joker and asking the studio to support gun reform.

Oh.

In response to the aforementioned open letter and the buzz surrounding the film, Warner Bros. has issued out an official response stating it will join “other business leaders to call on policymakers to enact bi-partisan legislation to address [gun violence].”

And just to make sure people don’t get the wrong idea, the studio also made sure to explicitly state that Joker isn’t an endorsement of violence or incel behaviour of any kind.

“Make no mistake: neither the fictional character Joker, nor the film, is an endorsement of real-world violence of any kind. It is not the intention of the film, the filmmakers or the studio to hold this character up as a hero.”

Not a hero.

It’s pretty rare that a studio has to come out and tell people “hey this isn’t what you think it is and we’re not endorsing anything by it” so credit to them for standing by the filmmakers on Joker, even if Joaquin Phoenix wasn’t too particularly pleased when someone asked him about the film’s violence.

So there you go. A movie is a movie and just because Joker is violent doesn’t mean it’s an endorsement of violence or incel behaviour, so please stop worrying. But maybe keep this one away from the kids.

Ashton Kutcher, Buddy, You Really Didn't Need To Post That Nasty Tweet

It's not that hard to not tweet anything.

Demi Moore has been going around Hollywood plugging her new, all-revealing memoir, Inside Out, and a few of the more scandalous claims revolved around her ex-husband Ashton Kutcher.

He allegedly tried to convince her to participate in “threesomes” as a way to justify cheating on her and she apparently found out about said cheating through Google Alert, which is somehow even worse than breaking up via text.

After staying silent through all of Demi’s claims, Ashton has hit back and it’s definitely… something.

It seems like the “threesome” and Google Alert cheating notifications finally got through to the actor as he sent out a snarky response on Twitter that’s so passive-aggressive it would put every teenager with an attitude to shame.

Damn.

Look, Ashton may be a super smart dude who doing some great work with that big brain of his but he should’ve kept his finger off the ‘send’ button this time because his tweet was just nasty.

While Demi is going around pouring her heart out over being allegedly cheated on and suffering through a miscarriage before subsequently developing a drinking and drug problem as a coping mechanism, Ashton is basically boasting how good his post-Demi Moore life is now that he’s got a “son, daughter and wife.”

Sending out a snarky tweet while claiming you deleted a snarky tweet because your family stopped you isn’t a defence, it just makes you a bit of a jerk.

Let’s look at it another way, Demi is going around plugging her new book so of course she’s going to bring out all the Ashton Kutcher tea she’s been hoarding because that’s just business.

There was simply no reason for Ashton to say anything in response to all of Demi’s claims and his shady tweet basically just gave those allegations from his ex-wife more credibility.

Sometimes silence is the best answer.

Chris Pratt Somehow Fell Further Down The Best Chris List, Good On Him

Do yourself a favour and just stop talking, Chris (Pratt).

We here at GOAT don’t agree on too much but we’re all in agreement on one particular thing from now until the end of time: Chris Pratt occupies the bottom of the “Best Chris” list and will remain there indefinitely.

Sure he may have won hearts as Peter “Star-Lord” Quill in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies and… whoever he plays in those god awful Jurassic World films, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that he attends a Hillsong-eqsue church that’s not particularly accepting of LGBTQI+ folks.

Throw in his love of preaching like a second-rate youth pastor on late night talk shows and his tone-deaf response after being called out for his involvement in the aforementioned church, it’s not hard to see why Pratt is a bit of a, well, prat.

Clearly.

Well folks, just when you think Chris Pratt couldn’t sink any lower on the “Best Chris” list, he’s somehow figured out a way.

The former “Best Chris” ranking topper posted a poem he “found” onto Instagram that’s pretty questionable in its content because it’s all about “ding-dongs” on the left and right and how everyone should stay united under the veil of “God.”

Plus the poem is pretty crappy – Chernobyl is used as some metaphor for anger in politics for Pete’s sake – so Pratt’s taste in poetry also deserves scrutiny.

Perhaps Pratt is just trying to preach a message of unity and world peace but this poem probably isn’t the best way to do it.

The poem just shows how ignorant Pratt is of what’s going on in the world and how he doesn’t seem to understand how detrimental it is to give one side the benefit of the doubt when its clear they’re wrong.

If there’s one thing we don’t need in 2019, it’s someone like Pratt with a worrying amount of cultural clout sprouting more of this “both sides” bullcrap while preaching how God will save us all.

Since Chris Pratt has officially bottomed out even further on the “Best Chris” list, the only appropriate action to take is to distance him further from the top.

From henceforth, we hereby include Chris O’Dowd and Chris Lowell on the “Best Chris” list, and regulate Pratt from his previous ranking of fifth to rock bottom at seventh.

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