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.
Very sad to hear that comedy doesn't work anymore. My condolences to Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Kumail Nanjiani, Tiffany Haddish, Jim Gaffigan, Tyler Perry, Melissa McCarthy, John Mulaney, Ali Wong, Nathan Fielder, Issa Rae, John Oliver, Awkwafina, Hannah Gadsby, Adam Sandler, Taika W https://t.co/nUNjOuGpbH
— Melissa Hunter (@melissaFTW) October 1, 2019
If “woke culture” ruined comedy then how can #Deadpool be a billion dollar franchise?
How can something like GOOD BOYS come in #1 at the box office?
And how can Netflix still produce a million standup specials every year?
Maybe you were just never funny to begin with ?♂️
— Dalton, the ?Spooky? Carol Danvers Shill (@Dham0624) October 1, 2019
TFW are a bad writer. pic.twitter.com/0X8LIdWtGI
— Mitra Jouhari (@tweetrajouhari) October 1, 2019
The people who say "UNGH WOKE CULTURE HAS RUINED COMEDY YOU CAN'T JOKE ABOUT ANYTHING ANYMORE" are the exact same people who refused, on principle, to laugh at the jokes in a Ghostbusters movie because ladies were saying them.
— Boney Ghoul-mark (@tonygoldmark) October 1, 2019
Todd Philips- "You can't do edgy comedy anymore! SJW's ruined comedy!"
Taika Waititi- "In my next comedy I play Hitler."
— Tim Doyle- NYCC booth #583 (@NakatomiTim) October 1, 2019
If you think woke culture killed comedy, you're saying you only find punching down funny. You're saying that you're a bully and a jerk and we can safely ignore you.
— scary name tk ?♂️??? (@jonrosenberg) October 1, 2019
Someone should tell Danny McBride and the fucking lunatics over at RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES or the people making BIG MOUTH that comedy is dead and there's no edgy or outrageous humor allowed. Just to name two at-this-exact-moment examples. Or SUNNY, for god's sake.
— BooMcScreamy (@DrewMcWeeny) October 1, 2019