The Black Women in “Joker” Have Something to Say

Todd Phillips wants Joker to make a statement about, among other things, the “lack of compassion in the world.” The film encapsulates that message very well, though I imagine not in the way which Phillips intended. While Joaquin Phoenix’s performance is the highlight of this chilling origin story, black women are, as usual, the ones doing all the work.

Warning: This post contains spoilers of the 2019 movie, “Joker.” Read at your own risk.

I have a hunch that Todd Phillips wants, or at least expects, viewers to empathize…