If you enjoyed movies like The Hangover or the raunchy Road Trip, then you have Director Todd Phillips to thank for that. Phillips was responsible for more comedy movies in the past than you’d think, especially given his recent outing as director of the brooding controversial hit, Joker with Joaquin Phoenix.
Phillips won’t touch comedy anymore, however, and it’s not because he’s necessarily moved on from the genre to take on more serious projects. It’s because making comedy movies has become too dangerous thanks to social justice warriors and their “woke culture” that have essentially made telling a joke a dangerous affair.
Phillips made that very clear in the November issue of Vanity Fair:
Phillips had found it increasingly difficult, he says, to make comedies in the new “woke” Hollywood, and his brand of irreverent bro humor has lost favor.
“Go try to be funny nowadays with this woke culture,” he says. “There were articles written about why comedies don’t work anymore—I’ll tell you why, because all the f***ing funny guys are like, ‘F**k this shit, 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. So I go, ‘How do I do something irreverent, but f**k comedy? Oh I know, let’s take the comic book movie universe and turn it on its head with this.’ And so that’s really where that came from.”
This denunciation of “woke” culture has already angered the social justice crowd. Journalist Rob Tennenbaum has already called Phillips a “jackass,” and became upset over his use of the word “guys.”
Sad to learn that Todd Phillips is a jackass who thinks SJWs are trying to ruin comedy. Also note use of the word “guys.” pic.twitter.com/yM11wnoNqm
— Rob Tannenbaum (@tannenbaumr) October 1, 2019
Phillips isn’t the only one who has taken issue with SJWs and their “woke” culture. Jerry Seinfeld himself has voiced similar opinions, and Dave Chappell’s recent comedy special more or less proved it. Comedy is dangerous nowadays.
We’ve gotten obsessed with creating sacred cows and making light of the wrong subject can end your career thanks to the outrage mobs. With Chappell’s success, there’s hope that this reign of tyranny is coming to an end. Bill Burr’s comedy special, which practically asks SJWs to be outraged, is evidence toward this.
Joker definitely isn’t a comedy, but it’s had its fair share of SJW outrage regardless. The hard-left has penned pieces about its fear that the movie will inspire “incel violence,” or violence from involuntarily celibate men. Some theaters have even amped up police presence just in case.
No matter what, you can’t escape an SJW’s tantrums. We might as well do what we do with all children when they throw tantrums and ignore them.