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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Why I Didn’t Watch the Movie Joker?

In Agatha Christie’s novel A Murder Is Announced, a character says, "I didn't want to kill her. I didn't want to kill anybody — I had to…” (The character, to be fair, is not expressing Christie’s political viewpoints, but attempting to defend herself.) After the 1960s, the neoliberal left has developed the ideological position that most criminals are a victim of the injustices which are intrinsic to capitalist society; they assert that capitalism is so unfair that it breeds alienation and resentment and forces people to become monstrous killers. Like Christie’s character, the liberals say, “They didn’t want to kill anybody—they had to…” and they preach sympathy for the psychology of those who go on a killing spree. Recently, I saw, or tried to see, the movie Joker—I could not watch it after the first 10 minutes; I found it boring. The movie, it seems (I can’t be sure, having seen only a slice of it), is a defense of the psychopath Arthur Fleck (the Joker)—it portrays Fleck as a sort of anti-hero, who is forced to become a psychopathic killer after being bullied and harassed for his financial, health-related, and psychological problems. The Joker is a sick movie which seeks to justify Arthur Fleck’s antisocial character and brutal crimes.

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