Todd Phillips Is The Real Joker In Blaming ‘Woke Culture’ For The Downfall Of Comedy

Quite the cop out, Todd.

Much has been said about Joker and how it glories incel behaviour (it doesn’t) ever since people laid eyes on the film. While some of the buzz is overblown, director Todd Phillips hasn’t done himself any favours by continually digging himself into an ever-growing hole in his attempts to defend the film.

Following his poor attempt at defending the violence in Joker by trying to play the double standards card with John Wick, Phillips has now turned his attention to “woke culture.”

Chatting to Vanity Fair, Phillips complained how he was basically forced into making edgy fare like Joker because “woke culture” meant that comedy, particularly his brand of cutting-edge comedic work such as *checks notes* um, The Hangover trilogy, Road Trip, Starsky & Hutch and Old School has been rendered unwelcome.

“Go try to be funny nowadays with this woke culture. There were articles written about why comedies don’t work anymore—I’ll tell you why, because all the f*****g funny guys are like, ‘F*** this s***, because I don’t want to offend you.’

It’s hard to argue with 30 million people on Twitter. You just can’t do it, right? So you just go, ‘I’m out.’ I’m out, and you know what? With all my comedies—I think that what comedies in general all have in common—is they’re irreverent.” 

Funny indeed.

Interesting viewpoint there from Mr. comedy auteur Todd Phillips, but let’s counter that argument with a few things, shall we?

Firstly Todd, saying offensive things without facing any consequences under the guise of “comedy” isn’t comedy. That’s just being an arsehole who is having a whinge after being rightfully called out on it and that’s kind of what you’re doing right now.

If “woke culture” is ruining “edgy” comedy, then please explain how Taika Waititi is able to literally play Hitler in a comedy movie and not generate any controversy?

Maybe it’s best to let fellow comedy genius George Carlin to explain it to you, Todd.

But more importantly, comedy is subjective. Go ahead and keep making your brand of “white men eschewing responsibility to be frat boys” comedy, Todd, but if people don’t like it, that’s again not because of “woke culture” or you being “canceled.”

It means times have changed and people and comedy have moved on from what you perceived to be funny, Todd. Perhaps it’s time to accept the fact that you haven’t moved along with the times and you’re just to lazy to update improve your brand of comedy to fit in with what people want these days.

And if shows like Fleabag, The Good Place, Big Mouth, Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Broad City (just to name a few) are anything to go by, comedy seems to be faring just fine without you, Todd, despite all this “woke culture.”

Maybe do everyone and Joker a favour and stop blaming “woke culture” for forcing you to abandon your brand of comedy, Todd. You made a pretty good movie that’s uncomfortable to watch by design but it’s becoming increasingly clear you don’t seem to understand what’s going on, what you made and how stubbornly stuck in the past you are.

Margot Robbie And Co's Real Enemy In Birds Of Prey Is Toxic Men

The power of women in this film is *kisses fingers*.

The first trailer for the Margot Robbie-starring DC flick, Birds of Prey, has dropped and it’s… actually pretty damn good. Far better than those so-bad-its-good posters they released earlier.

In just two minutes, we get an explanation as to where Jared Leto’s Joker is (he and Harley Quinn broke up), badarse introductions to the rest of the Birds of Prey (Huntress, Black Canary, Renee Montoya and Cassandra Cain), Ewan McGregor hamming it up as Black Mask (who doesn’t wear a black mask) and several fist-pumping moments (“I’m Harley-frigging-Quinn!”).

It’s a goddamn riot and those 120 seconds are already an immense improvement over the dumpster fire that was Suicide Squad.

But perhaps the most interesting revelation in the new Birds of Prey trailer is the film’s actual big bad, which also seemingly forms the thematic foundation for the movie: toxic men.

Right off the bat we see Harley celebrating her freedom after getting out of the horrendously toxic relationship with Joker and is seeking to help other women who are in a similar position as she was to find their own emancipation from the toxic men in their lives.

Edith Piaf’s ‘Hyme à l’amour’ (which translates to ‘The Hymn to Love’) plays throughout the trailer and if you look at the English translation of the lyrics – it’s basically a love song where Edith expresses how she’ll do anything for love, including that – it’s pretty clear that the song is being used ironically to drive home the toxic men theme in Birds of Prey.

All this is about as subtle as a smack in the face with Harley Quinn’s baseball bat but it all works to showcase how Birds of Prey is going to be quite different to the rest of the DC films that have been released.

When Birds of Prey drops on February 7, 2020, you can be damn sure we’re going for Margot Robbie, Huntress, Black Canary, Renee Montoya, Cassandra Cain and Ewan McGregor but staying for the expected epic takedown on the toxic men of the world.

On The Celeb Scale Of Relatable, Reese Witherspoon Is Queen

You just know she would be your bestie.

We all know Reese Witherspoon is a goddamn delight but she’s officially moved up from “she’s pretty cool I guess” to “BFF material” on the Hollywood celebrity scale of relatable after her first foray into the TikTok world.

The actress posted her first-ever TikTok video, which is hilarious and wholesome in equal measure. However, she managed to top herself straight away by sharing a behind-the-scenes video on Instagram of the making of said TikTok video.

From embarrassing her son Deacon Phillippe to busting out some surprisingly-good dance moves before throwing out suggestions for her TikTok account name (which were all shot down by Deacon), Reese Witherspoon embraced her inner daggy mum and we’re loving every second of it.

While Reese is currently queen of the “relatable Hollywood celeb who you’d love to get a drink with” schtick, she has some fierce competition from other famous folk who could legitimately be your BFF.

Jennifer Garner

If the word “wholesome” were personified, it would take the form of Jennifer Garner because her Instagram profile is filled with heartwarming stuff that’ll brighten up anyone’s day.

Sam Neill

Going off Sam Neill’s Instagram, he couldn’t give less of a toss over what he does for a living and would rather do things like play with the pigs and ducks on his farm.

Plus his hilariously wholesome captions read (and are spelled) like an old man who discovered social media for the first time. That’s how you know he’s legit.


She may be one of the biggest singers in the world but Adele just radiates “DGAF” energy. You really get the sense you could run into her in a pub on a Saturday night and you’ll both end up bonding over a drunken D&M sesh or some karaoke.

Emilia Clarke

Sure she’s charismatic and a huge Hollywood star, but Emilia Clarke has that “thing” that makes you feel like you both can be besties.

Maybe it has something to do with how she has no qualms taking the piss out of herself for everything, most notably her height.

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