Greg Gutfeld reality checks media’s misplaced outrage over violent ‘Joker’ film

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Were the media’s concerns and outrage over the just-released film “Joker” nothing but “woke” virtue-signaling designed to cover up the real problems that society faces?

According to the scathing monologue that Fox News host Greg Gutfeld delivered during Monday’s edition of FNC’s “The Five,” the answer is a resounding yes.


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“Once again the media accidentally presents a stark contrast between their phony storytelling and real-life that’s going on around you,” his monologue began. “This weekend the press published stories about the premiere of the film the ‘Joker’ linking it to white rage.”

The widely criticized and blatantly racist column linked to above describes “Joker” as “an insidious validation of the white-male resentment that helped bring President Donald Trump to power.”

The press also touted bizarre conspiracy theories about how “Joker” would inspire involuntarily celibate, mentally ill men to commit a mass shooting.

“While they hallucinated grim narratives, one played out for real on the streets of New York,” Gutfeld monologue’s continued. ” A madman murdered four homeless men just blocks from the mayor’s office. Presumably, the madman hadn’t seen the ‘Joker.'”

The killer, Rodriguez “Randy” Santo, was not white.

“He was a young, deranged transient with 14 priors,” Gutfeld said. “This crime was the result of a bureaucracy that washes its hands of both the homeless and the criminally insane, allowing tragedy to follow both.”

He then tied the mass murder to the events that play out in “Joker.”

“I know the ‘Joker’ suffers from mental illness, but due to budget cuts, the government slashes his treatment,” he said. “That seems a more relevant plot point than race, and it underscores Saturday night’s mayhem. In American cities, the government’s idea of treatment is the streets.”

“The Saturday night massacre won’t lead the news because the homeless are not the prettiest victims, and the perp isn’t the ideal mustache-twirling villain.”

He wasn’t wrong. As of Tuesday morning, there wasn’t a single story at about the massacre or about the killer, a reported native of the Dominican Republic.

“But it’s not a movie. It’s today’s world, run by those who prefer to punish offensive words than prevent demonic deeds. So the most desperate are left to suffer until they turn on themselves,” his monologue concluded.

“It’s no story from D.C. Comics but the other D.C., a reality born from an abdication of responsibilities by a hopeless bureaucracy — which is maybe why the mayor and the media prefer the comic book.”

The monologue touched on a couple of notable points.

When Gutfeld spoke of “those who prefer to punish offensive words,” he meant the litany of “woke” social justice warriors in the Democrat Party and the media who have been hellbent on “canceling” anything and everything that’s allegedly offensive, including books, comedy and even free speech itself. Critics of “Joker” had likewise called for the film to be canceled as well.

Second, “Joker” is based out of Gotham City, a fictional city meant to resemble New York City and other sprawling Democrat-controlled metropolitans. In these cities, the homeless, mentally ill and/or drug-addicted are often encouraged in their bad behavior versus led toward a better route, ergo why these cities suffer from so much homeless, drug addiction and crime.

Take San Francisco, which reportedly hands out millions of syringes annually “through various programs aimed at reducing HIV and other health risks for drug users.”

Or NYC, which three years ago decriminalized public urination, despite a growing problem of the homeless urinating and pooping all over the place.

“The City Council wants to slash maximum sentences for littering, drinking and peeing in public as part of a plan to go easy on quality-of-life violations — while trying to keep offenders out of criminal court altogether,” the New York Post reported at the time.

The idea of going “easy” on criminals is one that’s been adopted by numerous Democrat cities and much to their taxpaying citizens’ dismay.

It seems as if these Democrat-operated cities just don’t know how to handle the homeless and mentally ill. Either that or they’re arrogant enough to believe the status quo — letting the problem fester and the criminally insane do as they want — is the best path forward.

No matter their motivation, it’s clear to Gutfeld that the problem isn’t “white rage” or mentally ill men but rather a Democrat system of governance that has and continues to fail the American people.

Not to mention a corrupt, partisan media that’s more interested in lobbing dubious accusations and touting bizarre conspiracy theories than in scrutinizing the policies that ultimately lead to the madness embodied by “Joker” and his real-life counterparts.


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