There’s that old saying, if you tell a lie, and you tell it often enough, eventually people will start to believe it. That’s exactly what has happened here. We need to put an end to this nonsense right now. There is no connection whatsoever between the Joker—either the upcoming movie or the character—and that shooting in Colorado a few years back. You may have heard that the shooter had made the claim, “I’m the Joker!” when he was arrested. It’s a lie. It never happened. My source for this: every police officer in the scene. They have all gone on record saying that the shooter never said such a thing. It was a false report that is still getting repeated as true, and it never was. The truth is, the Aurora, Colorado shooter didn’t even know what movie was playing when he decided that he would stage his attack that weekend. He himself has stated that it had nothing to do with that particular movie. He chose THE DARK KNIGHT RISES just because it was the biggest movie out that weekend. It had nothing to do with Batman or the Joker. And him dying his hair? He had died it RED because red symbolized to him the color of “revolution” or some such nonsense. It had nothing to do with the Joker—whose hair is GREEN.
Now we’ve got family members of the shooting victims criticizing the studio for making the movie JOKER, and we’ve got the military issuing warnings about it, and it’s all based on a blatant LIE. Did they also issue warnings about IT: CHAPTER TWO? Were the family members of the shooting victims in Aurora left “horrified” by AVENGERS: ENDGAME? Because Pennywise and Thanos had as much to do with the shooting as did the Joker—which is to say, nothing whatsoever.
If you hear anyone spouting this lie about the Joker inspiring the Aurora shooter (and you’ll notice I have not even mentioned that cretin’s name), douse that nonsense with a healthy dose of the truth. One reporter made up a fake tidbit early on and created a living, breathing non sequitur. We need to step on that cockroach every time we see it skittering across the floor.