we need to talk about how 'joker' treats mental illness
I braced myself as I walked into the theater alone... My heart was racing a bit.
I don’t think “Joker” is about violent revenge; it’s telling the tale of what many live with every day. It’s trying to get our attention. I think it works.
Some argue this movie portrays mental illness in a twisted light. “Joker” begs the uncomfortable question, “Who was there for Arthur Fleck?”
"Joker" beckons us to choose the unsentimental and tender eye.
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Less than 3% to 5% of US crimes involve people with mental illness. Fewer than 5% of the 120,000 gun-related killings in the United States between 2001 & 2010 were perpetrated by people diagnosed with mental illness.