Discussing The Movie, Joker Episode 155, October 31, 2019
Andy Grant and Anthony Simeone talk about what the film, Joker, means for men in society, the controversy with media trying to attach it to incels, what it says about mental health, and more. This episode was originally a bonus, Facebook Live on October 28th.
** Warning – spoilers galore for the film. Don’t listen if you haven’t seen it yet and intend to.
“Anyone looking to comic book movies for an accurate portrayal of anything needs to get out more. ~ Andy Grant
The new Joker movie has triggered a discussion around the portrayal of mental illness. Does Joker show mental illness with fairness or does it feed into stereotypes and add to the stigma around mental illness. While much of the earlier controversy was brought up by people who hadn’t seen the movie, this discussion doesn’t play that game.
Then there was the overblown fear of violence in theaters on the opening weekend based, it seems, on false rumors surrounding the mass shooting in Aurora Colorado in 2012. The shooter was not dressed as the Joker and was only looking for the biggest crowd at the movies. It just happened to be The Dark Knight Rises.
False rumors around the Aurora Colorado 2012 shooting
Anthony’s article — The Joker Has Bad Beliefs, Not Mental Illness
Batman Villains Psychoanalyzed By Mental Health Experts
“As a mental health professional, Batman comes across as insensitive,” Pozios told HuffPost Weird News. “He could definitely use more training in that area.”
Just because a behavior is aberrant or considered ‘crazy,’ it does not mean that the behavior is the result of mental illness.”
‘Joker’ becomes the highest-grossing R-rated film ever
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