Todd Phillips, director of the upcoming Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix, has revealed in a new interview with Vanity Fair that he decided to stop making comedies because of “woke culture.”

Phillips made his name making movies like Old School and the Hangover series. However, as audiences grow increasingly critical of derisive frat-boy humor, the 48-year-old director now feels as though he can’t make comedic films at all.

“Go try to be funny nowadays with this woke culture,” Phillips said. “There were articles written about why comedies don’t work anymore. I’ll tell you why, because all the fucking funny guys are like, ‘Fuck this shit, because I don’t want to offend you.’”

His self-imposed removal from the genre is also in-part to being dragged on social media. “It’s hard to argue with 30 million people on Twitter. You just can’t do it, right? So you just go, ‘I’m out.’”

Of course, Phillips’ statement led to him being dragged online again, with many Twitter users pointing out all the successful comedy movies that somehow haven’t been stopped because of “woke culture.” Read the full interview here.

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