Disturbing Message in “The Joker” (2019) and “Unhinged” (2020)

Both The Joker (2019) and Unhinged (2020) contain an alarming message that the stress and alienation a person feels in contemporary society justifies violently lashing out at strangers.  Indeed, life is not fair and many of us get dealt a bad hand.  However, the idea that this legitimizes what is essentially terrorism is a dangerous notion that undermines the need to take personal responsibility.  It’s as if these movies say, the world sure doesn’t owe you anything but if you are disgruntled with your circumstances you can feel free to take it out on others.

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