"Are They Really Worried About Violence When They Do Drills In Schools?

On his personal Facebook page, American director Michael Moore launched a stark opinion about Joker. Here the best extracts.

The American documentary filmmaker Michael Moore wrote on Saturday October 5 a very personal opinion of "Joker", full of sarcasm and a deep criticism of the current society and the government of Donald Trump.

In the publication, the creator of "Bowling for Columbine" talks about the outrage that causes him to be branded as violent, with the problems that currently exist as school shooting drills.


Full translation of Michael Moore's opinion on Joker

On Wednesday night I went to the New York Film Festival and witnessed a cinematic masterpiece, the movie that last month won the grand prize for the best film at the Venice International Festival. It's called Joker, and all Americans have heard of this movie that we should fear and stay away from. We have been told that it is violent, sick and morally corrupt, an incitement and celebration of murder. We have been told that the police will be out of each function in case there are "problems". Our country is in a situation of despair, our Constitution is broken and a reckless maniac in Queens has access to nuclear codes, but for some reason, we should be afraid of this movie.

I would suggest the opposite: the greatest damage to society could occur if you are NOT going to watch this movie, because the story it tells and the problems it poses are so deep, so necessary, that if you take your eyes off this genius of an artistic piece, you will miss the gift of the reflex you are offering us. Yes, there is a disturbed clown in that mirror, but he is not alone, we are there too.

Joker is not a superhero, supervillain or comic film. It is located somewhere between the 70s and 80s in the city of Gotham, and the filmmakers do not try to disguise the city for anything other than what it is: New York City, the headquarters of everything bad, that of the rich who govern us, the corporations we serve, and the media that feed us with the shallow news that they believe we have to absorb.

This week, the week when the ruling president accused himself and – in the truest style of Joker – mocked Mueller's inability and the Democrats to stop him, giving them all the material they needed. But even then, ten days after boasting his guilt, he was still sitting in the oval office, with his nuclear codes stained by the fat of a KFC, so he gave the order to start the helicopter. The sound of the blades accelerating meant only an alert for journalists to run to the daily "press conference." Trump was leaving for the deafening cacophony of the aircraft and in a public and criminal manner, he asked the People's Republic of China to interfere in the 2020 elections by sending him dirty information about the Biden. He and the magic carpet he has for hair turned away and except for the citizen who claimed "Can you believe it?", Nothing else happened.

Joker's fear is a ruse

While Joker opens this weekend, (in the days he gets to work) Trump Jr. continues to sit in the oval office, dreaming about his new conquests and his corruption. But this movie is not about Trump, it's about the United States that gave us Trump, the country that doesn't feel the need to help the marginalized and the unprotected. The United States in which the immunologically rich become richer and unclean.

In this story there is a disconcerting question: What happens if one day the dispossessed decide to fight back? (And I don't mean to appear with a clipboard offering people to register to vote). People worry that this movie is too violent for them. Really? Considering everything we are going through in real life? You allow your school to carry out shooting drills with your children, permanently damaging them emotionally, showing the little ones that this is the life we ​​have created for them.

Joker makes it clear that we really don't want to get to the bottom of the matter or try to understand why there are innocent people who – when they can't take it anymore – becomes Jokers. No one wants to ask why two intelligent young people skipped their advanced French philosophy class at Columbine High School to kill 12 students and a teacher. Who would dare to ask why the son of the vice president of General Electric would enter Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Connecticut, to blow up the small bodies of 20 first-grade children? Or why 53% of white women voted for a presidential candidate who has publicly revealed his talent as a sexual predator?

The fear and shouts around Joker are a ruse, a distraction so that we don't look at the real violence that is tearing apart our human companions. The 30 million Americans who do not have health insurance is an act of violence. Millions of abused women and children living in fear is an act of violence. Stacking up 59 students as sardines without any value in the Detroit classrooms is an act of violence.

While the media wait for the next shooting, you, your neighbors and your colleagues have already been shot numerous times, with direct shots to each of their hearts, hopes and dreams. Your retirement is over long ago. You are indebted for the next thirty years because you committed the crime of educating yourself. You have come to think about not having children because you do not have enough heart to bring them to a planet that is dying and in which 20 years after birth they will have a death sentence. The violence in Joker? Stop, stop! The majority of violence in the film is that committed against Joker himself, a person who needs help, someone who tries to survive in a greedy society. His crime is that he can't get help. His crime is that it is the center of a joke in which the rich and famous laugh at him.

When the Joker can not stand it, you will feel terrible, but not because of the – very little – blood that is seen on the screen, but because you were encouraging him and – if you are honest when that happens – you will thank the film for connecting with a new desire not to run to the nearest emergency exit to save your own ass, and instead, stand up, fight and focus your attention on the non-violent power you have in your hands every day.

Thank you Joaquin Phoenix, Todd Phillips, Warner Bros. and everyone who made this important movie at this important time. I loved the many tributes to Taxi Driver, Network, Contact and Dog Afternoon. How long has it been since we saw a movie aspire to Stanley Kubrick's level? Go watch this movie, take your teenage children. Make your own conclusions.



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