Joker director Todd Phillips' comments about how "woke culture" has ruined comedy caused quite a controversy on the internet. People were divisive over his comments and even one of Phillips' actors in Joker was firm with disagreeing with the director.
Comedian Marc Maron, who had a supporting role in Joker, had something to say about Phillips' comment. In a recent episode of his podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, he responded by disagreeing with Phillips despite working together on the film Joker (via People).
He adds, "Really, the only thing that's off the table, culturally, at this juncture — and not even entirely — is shamelessly punching down for the sheer joy of hurting people. For the sheer excitement and laughter that some people get from causing people pain, from making people uncomfortable, from making people feel excluded. Ya know, that excitement."
Maron says if someone is too intimidated to do comedy "that is deep or provocative, or even a little controversial, without hurting people," then they're not good at what they do." He adds, "Or maybe you're just insensitive."
He then goes on to say that nobody is implying that one can't say or do things because it's always "going to be received a certain way by certain people." So he concludes that if someone makes a comedy-related project, they're "just gonna have to shoulder that."
Furthermore, Maron adds, "If you're isolated or marginalized or pushed into a corner because of your point of view or what you have to say, yet you still have a crew of people that enjoy it, there you go! Those are your people. Enjoy your people."
Everyone has their own opinions about everything and I admire Maron for speaking up about what he believes in despite working with Phillips. What do you think of Maron's response? Sound off your thoughts below!
You can check out Joker which is showing in theaters now.