Hey Phil Pirrello,
Thought I'd give your article a read as I just saw Joker. Firstly, I thought it was really good movie. It was repetitive at times and could have dug further into certain themes.
I didn't find the lead up or anything within the film problematic. Whatever that means. I think you have got caught up with all the nonsense online.
You said ''movie tries to give sympathy to this anti-arc, this person shunned by society in a way that violently turns him against it.'' Yes you feel sympathetic towards Arthur at first because of what happens to him when he was younger (which is quite horrific). Because he gets beaten up more than once. Because of his family history. Because of his mental issues and the lack of funding to help him. BUT, at a certain point, we stop sympathizing. Certain characters even tell him that he is gone too far.
"why make a movie about a murderous criminal that endeavors the spotlight after feeling his meh attempt to earn it fell short?" Why make any movie?
"Who is this movie for?" People who enjoy comic books. Joker has been tackled in the comics many times. From a cartoony tone all the way to Joker 2008 graphic novel where it took a dark tone and Joker skinned a man alive.
"Should we really make a movie that, to a degree, both celebrates and decries what Joker does in light of the Colorado shooting?" This film has nothing to do with that shooting.
''Children like Batman and Joker.'' But kids are not going to read Joker's 2008 graphic novel. They have cartoons directed towards kids, but not all DC content is solely for children. I would never let a kid watch Flash Point Paradox due to the violence depicted in it.
''What does fuel the potential for another Aurora-level shooting'' Who knows, but New York police commissioner Ray Kelly was the man who said James was inspired by the Joker which later George Brauchler, the Colorado district attorney who prosecuted Holmes, said it was a rumor that came from Kelly.
''With the world-sized dumpster fire that is 2019'' Is it that bad? Go back a 100 years. The world was a real dumpster fire.
I believe - the internet - like you, are caught up with this Joker BS. This BS that simply does not exist. Also, you don't like what the director has to say? That's fine. You don't have to. But telling people not to see a movie just because your upset? Let people go and see it. Let the population decide if its too much.