Last night some sort of psychopath murdered and wounded people in cold blood in a movie theater at the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, by shooting them to death indiscriminately. The act was heinous and sickening and my heart goes out to all affected.
I just saw someone on the news who had the bright idea to call this killer “The Joker”. And all I could think was “what the fuck is this guy doing on TV?” Everyone in the media should be scrupulously avoiding glorifying these sick actions in such a manner. It does not make you clever and insightful that you put it together that this person was trying to mimic behavior from the movies. And the nickname you are trying to sell with relish is not cute. As we learn from the movies themselves–since we’re ridiculously playing that game here–this person used “theatrics” to try to gain attention and what he twistedly considers glory. Don’t give it to him. Don’t send him or those like him the message that they will get to be considered “the real life Joker” if only they use the right gimmick in murdering people.