The Internet has been buzzing after Todd Philips' controversial comments about "woke culture ruining comedy." Now, even one of Philips' own Joker actors, Marc Maron, has weighed in on the director's commentary, slamming him for his tone-deaf and insensitive remarks.
On an episode of the WTF Podcast, Maron said comedy is broad enough to include many different sources of humor, but there are acceptable limits. Furthermore, he asserted that those who cross those boundaries shouldn't be surprised to face backlash.
"There's plenty of people being funny right now. Not only being funny but being really fucking funny," he said. "There are still lines to be rode. If you like to ride a line, you can still ride a line. If you want to take chances, you can still take chances. 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. Y’know, that excitement."
"As I’ve said before, it’s no excuse," Maron added. "If you’re too intimidated to try to do comedy that is deep or provocative, or even a little controversial, without hurting people, then you’re not good at what you do. Or maybe you’re just insensitive."
As for those who feel they should quit comedy because of "woke culture," Maron encouraged them to do exactly that: "Just quit."
Directed by Todd Philips, Joker Stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais and Shea Whigham. The film is in theaters now.
(via The Playlist)