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Joker Isn't Causing Violence, But It Is Making People Super Horny

Hey, whatever rocks your boat.

Todd Phillips has caused quite a bit of a stir with Joker, partly due to his tone-deaf comments and partly due to the Joaquin Phoenix-starring film‘s violence. While the movie hasn’t triggered any rise in incel violence, it has caused something else to unexpectedly rise: Pornhub searches.

According to Pornhub Insights, the release of Joker has caused searches for the film and “Jocker” (that’s not a typo) dramatically spike. In the film’s first four days of release, the site saw over 741k searches with a peak of 291k on October 6 alone.

That’s… a lot of clowning around.

Good stuff all you horny folk out there!

Interestingly, this is the first time the Joker has lit up Pornhub’s search list like a blue light shining on a porn set. He did make a minuscule appearance when Suicide Squad was released in 2016 but folks were far more interested Harley Quinn than whatever Jared Leto brought to the table.

Folks who were searching for a clown looking to get down weren’t just limiting themselves to Pornhub though. Fellow adult video site xHamster reported (via LADbible) an eye-opening 1,309% rise in Joker-related searches, which in the words of xHamster VP Alex Hawkins is “weird” yet also “astounding.”

Those numbers are just, well:

We shouldn’t be too surprised that horny folks are searching up Joker stuff on Pornhub or wherever as it’s simply Rule 34 (“if it exists, there’s porn of it”) at work.

Hell, the same thing happened when those Area 51 raids were the talk of the town so people getting turned on by Joker or Joaquin Phoenix in clown make-up is far from the weirdest thing that’s been searched.

There may be various problems with Todd Phillips’ film but if any potential instances of violence is nullified due to people wanting to (virtually) bone the Clown Prince of Crime, that’s a win-win for everyone.

Robert Downey Jr. Brushes Off Martin Scorsese's Marvel Remarks Before Weirdly Agreeing With Them

Interesting take, RDJ.

Martin Scorsese caused a bit of a ripple in the movie and comic book worlds when he said something to the effect of “Marvel films ain’t cinema!” which prompted much discussion over whether he is right or wrong. Now the godfather of the Marvel Cinematic Universe himself, Robert Downey Jr., has weighed in on Scorsese’s remarks and his response was… a little confusing to be honest.

Appearing on The Howard Stern Show to chat about whatever Howard Stern wants to chat about, Robert Downey Jr. was asked about Martin Scorsese’s Marvel comments and he was quite diplomatic about the legendary filmmaker’s position on the issue and didn’t take any offence.

“I appreciate [Scorsese’s] opinion. I think it’s like anything where we need all of the different perspectives so we can come to center and move on.

“It’d be like saying Howard Stern isn’t radio. It makes no sense to say it.”

But then the waters got a little muddied when Downey Jr. sort of started agreeing with Scorsese on the whole “cinema is art” angle while also acknowledging the insane success Marvel has experienced and how the MCU has become a “multi-headed Hydra.”

“There is a lot to be said for how these genre movies — and I was happy to be part of the ‘problem,’ if there is one — but how they have denigrated the era, the art form of cinema.

“When you come in like a stomping beast and you eliminate the competition in such a demonstrative way, it’s phenomenal.”

So on one hand we’re hearing him defend Marvel while respectfully saying that Martin Scorsese is free to his opinion and we should respect it. Yet on the other hand, it also sounds like he’s saying “yeah, there’s something to be said about Marvel films being ‘art’ and they’ve really taken monopoly of the cinema experience haven’t they? But it’s not really that bad!”

Huh. Getting mixed messages there, Robert Downey Jr.

But all in all, this whole topic over what constitutes as “cinema” is a bit ridiculous because we’re dealing with a completely subjective medium. People like different things and what one person may consider to be art might not be what another thinks.

And let’s be honest, if you’re in the big-budget, blockbuster movie business, there’s always going to be a big capitalist element to every project and no amount of parroting “I’m doing it for the art!” from Marty is going to convince people otherwise.

So let’s just channel our inner Robert Downey Jr. and accept the fact that Martin Scorsese doesn’t consider Marvel films to be “cinema” in his eyes while also acknowledging that the MCU is special in its own money-making way.

Tom Holland Shaved His Head And It's Honestly Not That Bad, Folks

RIP to Tom's Prince Charming-esque locks.

You don’t really realise something is missing until it is gone. In the context of this story, we’re talking about Spider-Man star Tom Holland and his hair, which is currently sitting in a bin somewhere.

After rocking some Prince Charming-esque locks for however many years and Spider-Man movies, Tom decided to shave it all off and rock a buzz cut look instead.

Seriously, take a gander:

Having become used to the Tom Holland curly-haired look over the last few years, it’s actually pretty jarring to see his luscious locks bite the dust (not unlike Spider-Man in Infinity War).

But in all honesty, Tom actually rocks the buzz cut look pretty damn well. That said, having a perfectly-proportioned head along with a face moulded out of clay by the gods certainly helps any hair cut, regardless how good or bad it is, go down easier.

Yet it appears we’re in the minority here because the internet had a field day grieving over Tom’s hair. Tears were shed, comparisons were made, tributes were held and many jokes were cracked.

To be honest, it was all pretty funny and Twitter was alight with some seriously creative responses:

As for why Tom Holland said bye bye to his hair, the reason isn’t as dramatic as what the internet might have you believe.

The buzz cut is all for a movie, Cherry, which tells the story of a former Army medic who comes back from Iraq with an extreme undiagnosed case of PTSD and he ultimately descends into a life of opioid addiction and crime.

For those who are still having panic attacks over Tom’s hair, I’ll say to you what I said when Joe Keery cut off his own stupendous locks: it’s just hair.

It’ll all grow back eventually and you’ll definitely see Tom rocking those curly locks once again when the new Spider-Man movie arrives.

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