One of the most anticipated movies of 2019,  Joker has been lauded as a "masterpiece" and even took home the prize for best film at the Venice Film Festival. However, the movie has also garnered major criticism for its alleged glorification of violence, with some critics going so far as to call it a "rallying cry" for incels. Now Joker's director, Todd Phillips, has spoken out about the controversy surrounding the film.

In an interview with The Wrap, Phillips pushed back against criticisms, saying "what’s outstanding to me in this discourse in this movie is how easily the far left can sound like the far right when it suits their agenda. It’s really been eye-opening for me." The director explained "We didn’t make the movie to push buttons [...] It wasn’t, ‘We want to glorify this behavior.’"

“I’m surprised…" Phillips admits, "Isn’t it good to have these discussions about these movies, about violence? Why is that a bad thing if the movie does lead to a discourse about it?”

Speaking to the Associated Press, Phillips said that he feels that Joker is being unfairly judged compared to other violent movies, citing John Wick 3 as an example. "He’s a white male who kills 300 people and everybody’s laughing and hooting and hollering. Why does this movie get held to different standards? It honestly doesn’t make sense to me."

Earlier this week, Gizmodo revealed that the FBI had issued a warning to service members about the potential for a mass shooting at Joker screenings due to "disturbing and very specific chatter” on the dark web. Yesterday, the LAPD issued a statement to Deadline saying that "while there are no credible threats in the Los Angeles area, the Department will maintain high visibility around movie theaters when it opens."

What To Read Next

*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.