Joker’s Punchline

What’s the difference between the shooter at Columbine and the shooter at Sandy Hook? What’s the difference between the shooter who stole the future from Gabby Giffords and the shooter who stole the future from John Lennon? What’s the difference between the shooter who puts on the uniform of an American Soldier and takes out a village in Afghanistan and a shooter who puts on the uniform of an Israeli Soldier and takes out a village in Palestine?

They’re all the same shooter.

They’re all the same clown.

What’s the difference between the propaganda at The Daily Stormer and the propaganda at Fox News? What’s the difference between the White Nationalist Insanity being whispered into the ear of the president by Steve Bannon and the White Nationalist Insanity being whispered into the ear of the president by Sean Hannity? What’s the difference between the Psychopath Barbie Dream House being peddled to deeply insecure white women by Ann “Hate Couture” Coulter and the Sash Of Perpetual White Privilege being paraded around by Kellyanne “The Con” Conway?

They’re all the same liar.

They’re all the same clown.

What’s the difference between the assholery of Asshole Assad and the assholery of Little Rocket Man? What’s the difference between the constitutional crisis being perpetuated by Leningrad Lindsey and constitutional crisis being perpetuated by Moscow Mitch? What’s the difference between the bottom bitch hustle of Shake Down Donny and the pimp daddy playbook of Pee-Pee Putin?

They’re all the same international war criminal.

They’re all the same clown.

It’s not my problem if you haven’t seen “Joker.” I gave you plenty of time to see the movie before I decided to break it all down and if you’re mad about spoilers – get over yourself – you’re just pretending you were going to see it so you could play your favorite game, Outrage! 

All the kiddies are playing it.

Listen.

There are 3 knots in the social safety net. The first knot is friendship and when friendship breaks down, you turn to social services. But when funding is cut, when you can’t afford your meds, when even someone you’re paying to listen stops listening, you turn to family. But what happens if you discover your family has been lying to you since the earliest memories of childhood? I’ll answer the question, I’ll tell you what happens, the safety net unravels.

You descend into madness.

Just before the 3rd act climax of “Joker,” Joaquin Phoenix asks Robert De Niro a question…

What do you get when you cross a mentally unstable loner with a society that abandons him and treats him like trash?

Then he points a gun at De Niro and shoots him in the face.

Bam!

You get what you deserve.

Have you ever heard the expression, “He killed it.” This is how comedians talk about a set filled with jokes that slay a room: “He killed it.”

At the end of the movie, having killed De Niro on late night television in front of the world, as he dances into the streets, the chaos inside the man finally matches the chaos of the world around him, and fully off his meds with no connections or attachments to anyone, he finds comedy in the terror he is immensely capable of inflicting on a world that abandoned him and treated him like trash.

We are living in Joker’s punchline.

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