This tweet is pretty close to clickbait, really; writer Scott Feinberg actually talked to quite a few members of the Motion Picture Academy, and a lot of them praised “Joker” — the film that CNN really seemed to think (hope?) would result in a mass shooting but instead resulted in two men being arrested for smoking. However, the pull quote is from one Academy member who said, anonymously:
“I think the performance is outstanding, but overall the film is highly questionable morally. As a former exhibitor, I would have serious doubts about playing the film because of the message it sends. I don’t think the Academy should honor a film with such controversial elements. I found the film overall to be so unpleasant that I could not vote for it.”
Actually, that was a great quote to pull for the tweet, because it got a lot of people talking:
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) October 8, 2019
Um, irresponsible? Controversial?https://twitter.com/djtechchicago/status/1182000135053746177
— Skye Wildest (@theskybandit) October 9, 2019
I'm sorry, what? Hollywood cheering for Polanski, child rapist, Hollywood has issues with this film? pic.twitter.com/UYSn4emstB
— Physics Geek (@physicsgeek) October 9, 2019
The academy is a garbage institution
— Antonio Martinez (@djtechchicago) October 9, 2019
Another reason why the entertainment industry is a joke. Tow the “progressive” line OR ELSE!
— Jimni27 (@jimni27) October 9, 2019
The Academy is garbage.
— Lexi (@penngirl72) October 8, 2019
Everything controversial about this movie is manufactured by the media.
— Rob from Jersey (@Robsgymnasium) October 9, 2019
If you can't cancel film, cancel the Oscar? Yeah that won't look cheap or contrived at all.
— Regs (@r3gulations) October 9, 2019
Hollywood with a clown movie: Whoa we're not touching that too controversial!
Hollywood with actual predators: pic.twitter.com/tNyLwX12Q0
— Spooky Scary K ?️??? (@_Vs_The_World) October 9, 2019
The academy awards have been a farce for years. It's an excuse for the Hollywood elite to get together, pat each other on the backs, push leftist agendas and hand out trophies to whoever's movie best toes the identity politics line.
— That Guy On Twittər (@Cptn_Jack) October 9, 2019
So if a film is controversial it means it’s not really good? What a joke.
— CJ. (@jcjimenez28) October 8, 2019
— Mr. Jeremy Turner? (@MrJeremyTurner) October 9, 2019
— ? 敗者男の子 ? (@DismalWether) October 9, 2019
Man, this is almost as bad a reaction as if the film had taken a shot at China.
— Alex Jeffries ? (@the1codemonkey) October 9, 2019
As if the Oscars actually know what a quality movie is anymore
It’s just about out of touch Hollywood stars patting themselves on the back for how woke they are
— Wes (@wesman0615) October 9, 2019
There is nothing controversial about Joker, there’s only the irrational laps of judgment people make about it. You’re being more of a nuisance than the movie itself pic.twitter.com/TavabDw1Sv
— Frank in the Fandom (@FranksFandoms) October 9, 2019
Movies are meant to be controversial, what you have here is a film that made the numbers, and an amazing actor and TOPICS that everybody wants to avoid.
— Stephanie De Sales (@Tephi729) October 8, 2019
Censorship is the death of ART.
— Laurie Holden (@Laurie_Holden) October 9, 2019
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
A Clockwork Orange
Bonnie and Clyde
The Academy can recognize these controversial films, but ignore Joker? That's extremely hypocritical.
— Marcus S. (ALCS BOUND!) (@goodwillfiction) October 9, 2019
The Silence of the Lambs says hello
— rih rih saw Joker ? (@harlscanary) October 8, 2019
Hi there ?? pic.twitter.com/qdvgc3rWM5
— Elisabeth (@Elisa2439er) October 9, 2019
Smear campaign continues
— Rising (@T1meTraveler01) October 8, 2019
Because the Academy is a sycophantic vacuum and the Oscars are a superficial trophy representing idealistic compliance in a corrupt environment ….
— IronWolf1970 ?☠️ (@RogerLarson1970) October 8, 2019
Society’s become so pussified it’s sad
— Hot Take Henry (@HotTakeHenry_) October 8, 2019
That’s exactly why it SHOULD win an Oscar…
— Hyperactive Cyberpunk (@The_AC_Eagle) October 9, 2019
Oscars have been steadily declining for some time now. And pandering more and more to the woke lobby.
But if this is a common attitude that denies the best film of the year the awards it has earned, then the Oscars are finished. #JokerMovie
— The Grumpy Goldfish (@grumpygoldfish1) October 9, 2019
CNN said it was controversial, so
— Caesar Pounce ?️ (@caeser_pounce) October 9, 2019
CNN has been relentless about this movie for some reason.
'This ain't it, chief': CNN et al.'s insane obsession with destroying Joker has reached a fever pitch https://t.co/mTMp897ZkN
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 7, 2019