‘Joker’ Is Everything I Wanted It To Be

Disclaimer: This post has all of the spoilers, son. Proceed with caution.

So, here’s the deal, man. On the real, I’m a lifelong Batman fan who finally got to see the newly-released Joker movie. Now, to be fair, I’ve seen a lot of the criticism that the film has garnered. Frankly, the detractors didn’t affect my viewpoint at all, fam. I mean, do folks not realize this is a movie about the Joker? A psychopath who kills people for sport? With that being said, the film is everything I wanted it to be, bruh.

Ok, for those who are unaware, the movie details the troubled life of Arthur Fleck. Now, according to this storyline, he’s a mentally ill clown-for-hire, who lives with his delusional mother and aspires to be a comedian. Anyway, through a series of unfortunate events, Fleck is left medication-less, jobless and loses his cotdamn mind. Shit, once Fleck freaks the fuck out, he murders seven people, including his own mother. In addition, he influences an entire city of misfits to engage in copious amounts of wilin’. Side bar, I’m really not doing the plot justice, son. Real talk, a TON of shit happens in this movie and I’m not even scratching the surface, man.

Moving on, the film is based around the idea that a few fucked up events can drive anyone crazy. The truth is, that premise borrows heavily from the Batman: The Killing Joke comic book that was released in 1988. The idea behind that graphic novel is that “one bad day” can make anybody insane. All in all, I see this Joker film as an interpretation of what the character was always intended to be. Like, yeah, the Joker is fucking looney tunes, but folks have always tried to theorize about why he ended up that way.

With all of that being said, I feel like some of these critiques are unnecessary, fam. First, there’s the idea that the movie is trying to excuse the behavior of White mass murderers. Look, anyone who reads this blog knows that I’m all about fighting the machine, bruh. However, there was nothing racial about this movie to me at all. The way I see it, the films revolves around two main concepts: mental health and poverty. All I know is, those topics aren’t exclusive to any racial or ethnic group, son. Now, does that justify the Joker’s actions? Fuck no, man. But, I definitely don’t agree with the idea that the movie is vindicating the Joker’s tomfoolery.

Second, I’ve always hated it when critics say that a piece of art will “inspire” people to replicate the behavior. Ok, yes, there is a scary possibility that some individual might look at Arthur Fleck and see themselves. But, should the director, Todd Phillips, have to worry about that? Hell, if that’s the case, then we’d have to apply that same logic to everything, fam. Look, if that’s the case, then Scarface shouldn’t have been made because it’ll inspire folks to sell cocaine. Euphoria shouldn’t have been made because it’ll inspire kids to do opioids. Honestly, where does it end, bruh? The fact is, no artistic expression is ever going to check all of the boxes of what’s “acceptable,” son.

In the end, Joker is exactly what I thought it would be, man. Ultimately, it’s the story of a dude who loses his shit and kills a bunch of people. By and by, if anyone has ever read ANYTHING about the Joker, they’d know that that’s precisely who the character is, fam. At the end of the day, if people are upset about what the film represents, then they’ve never been familiar with the Joker, bruh. That is all. LC out.

P.S. Joaquin Phoenix deserves some type of award for that performance, son. All I can say is, he acted the SHIT out of that role, man. He really had me convinced that he was bat-shit crazy, fam, pun intended. Good day.

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LC’s Mental Health Check-In

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I was scrolling through my Facebook News Feed, minding my own business and I came across this post. Basically, Awareness Act published an article back in 2017 about the habits of people with “concealed depression.” Now, it’s no secret that I deal with depression. Shit, I’ve talked about it more than once on this site, man. However, I was still taken aback by how many of the 15 habits applied to me, fam. All in all, I want everyone reading this to see if they also fit the bill, bruh.

Ok, before I continue, I want to list the habits outlined in the article. So, here we go, son:

  1. The are often quite talented and very expressive.
  2. They tend to search for purpose.
  3. Sometimes they make muted cries for help.
  4. They interpret substances differently.
  5. They often have a very involved perception of life and death.
  6. They have strange eating habits.
  7. They have abnormal sleeping habits.
  8. They have abandonment issues usually.
  9. They are professionals at coming up with “cover-up” stories.
  10. They might have habitual remedies.
  11. They are always making efforts to seem happy.
  12. They seek love and acceptance.
  13. They have trouble shutting off their brains.
  14. They hurt when other people hurt.
  15. They always think of the worst-case scenarios.

Now, if I’m being honest, about 11 of those habits apply to me, man. Shit, even when I’m in a “good” space, I still feel the effects of a bunch of these habits, fam. In any case, since I know how my brain operates, I try to be in tune with how I’m feeling, bruh. Real talk, my wife thinks I should still be in therapy right now, son. I mean, even when life is going well, it’s never a bad thing to be proactive about mental health, brethren.

In the end, this post is really for everyone out there. Seriously, how is everybody doing, son? The way I see it, if anything about that article resonates, it’s okay to go see someone, man. Ultimately, we can all benefit from some therapy, fam. Now, I’m not saying that folks need to start taking medication and shit. However, there’s nothing wrong with that either. Frankly, I just want people to take an inventory of themselves and take the necessary steps to be better. At the end of the day, mental health is not a battle that needs to be fought alone. That is all. LC out.

I Don’t Know What To Say About Mass Shootings Anymore

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I’m not exactly sure how to start this post, man. I mean, it’s another mass shooting, fam. Like, we have yet ANOTHER instance of some dickhead taking a gun and shooting at an entire group of people. All I know is, I don’t know what to say that’s any more insightful than anything I’ve ever tried to say before, bruh. The truth is, I’m at a fucking loss for words right now, brethren.

Ok, for those who are unaware, shit got real at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California. Apparently, some White dude, who has since been killed, rolled up on the festival with an assault rifle and started blasting. Now, to make matters worse, Jack van Breen, lead singer of Tin Man, alleges that the Army-fatigued shooter said he was “really angry” when asked why he was doing this. In addition, authorities are looking into the possibility of a second suspect.

All in all, three people were killed and 12 more were wounded in the attack. Sadly, a 6-year-old boy was one of the victims. Now, if I’m being honest, I feel a certain sense of hopelessness right now. Like, no matter how many times these incidents happen, nothing is ever really done about it. Furthermore, we as a population can’t even come to some consensus about what the issue is, son. Frankly, with so much division, how are we actually supposed to solve this problem, man?

Look, I’m not one of those people who has blind allegiance to a particular side. Shit, most commonly, there’s a “gun control” side and a “mental health” side. The way I see it, both sides have merit, fam. Listen, do I think a stable-headed individual is just going to get up one day and shoot up a bunch of people? No, bruh. Absolutely not. But, how can folks ignore that guns are also a major fucking issue? Son, a crazy motherfucker with a knife just can’t do as much damage as a crazy motherfucker with a semi-automatic rifle. For God‘s sake, facts are facts, man. Real talk, ignoring common sense is costing innocent people their lives, folks. All I can say is, something, fucking anything, needs to be done, brethren.

In the end, I just want to give my condolences to the families affected by this tragedy. Ultimately, I’m sorry that we live in a country that doesn’t do more to protect its citizens. By and by, the more things change the more they stay the same, son. At the end of the day, no amount of death seems to motivate our elected officials. So, I don’t know what else to say here, man. I’m sorry. That is all. LC out.

Stop Deflecting Away From Jussie Smollett’s Nonsense

So, I’m going to try and keep this short today, son. Basically, I’m tired of the bullshit, man. On the real, anytime a Black person is caught doing some foul shit, people bring up White folks who’ve gotten away with similar foul shit. All I know is, it brings me back to a question I’ve asked before: do Black people want to be right or do we want to get away with the same crimes as White people? The point is, Jussie Smollett was deadass wrong, fam. Frankly, any attempt to defend him is severely misguided.

Ok, for those who are living under a rock, Smollett has officially been arrested and charged with filing a false police report. Now, according to the law, this offense is a Class 4 Felony, which could result in 1-3 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Anyway, I think it’s safe to say that Smollett is in a world of shit right now, bruh. Moving on, I don’t like the narrative that’s spreading through social media, son. Listen, regardless of other offenders, Smollett still did something incredibly wrong, man. The fact is, he needs to pay for his nonsense, fam.

Listen, I’m seeing a lot of people bring up White folks who’ve falsely called the cops on Black people. Ok, yes, that’s another issue that desperately needs to be addressed, bruh. The way I see it, all of the Petty Patty’s and Nosy Nancy’s need to be prosecuted for involving in the law in unnecessary situations. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that Smollett needs to be held accountable for his actions. I mean, HE FAKED A COTDAMN HATE CRIME, SON! Like, how else could I possibly phrase that? The truth is, he doesn’t deserve our damn sympathy, man. All in all, more Black people should be mad at him, fam. Shit, folks were ready to ride for him and he made us all look like idiots, brethren.

In the end, I really want people to stop changing the story, son. Ultimately, two things can be true at once, man. By and by, Smollett should be charged for his tomfoolery AND White people should be charged for fraudulently calling the police. At the end of the day, Smollett shouldn’t be exempt from justice, fam. In addition, he needs to be ridiculed for such a botched plan, bruh. Hell, this entire saga unraveled faster than a Payless shoe, people. *Sigh* I don’t know what else to say here. LC out.

P.S. Miss me with any of that “mental health” shit, son. Keeping it a buck, I can already see that narrative gaining traction, man. All I can say is, I rebuke all of that, fam. In my eyes, Smollett is nothing more than a fucking clown, bruh. That is all.

Ian David Long: When ‘Thoughts & Prayers’ Don’t Work

So, I’m going to start today’s post a little different, son. Normally, I would give some intro about what I was going to talk about. But, before I say anything, I want people to read what Ian David Long wrote in a Facebook post the other day. So, here we go:

I hope people call me insane .. wouldn’t that just be a big ball of irony? Yeah… I’m insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is ‘hopes and prayers’.. or ‘keep you in my thoughts’ … every time… and wonder why these keep happening …

Now, to be clear, these are the words of a Marine veteran who shot and killed 12 people at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Look, in one post, a mass murderer destroyed our country’s indifference to gun control AND mental health. Real talk, after every incident, politicians send out “thoughts and prayers,” but never do anything to remedy the situation. Sadly, Ian Long knew this, man.

At this point, no one knows why Long committed these killings, fam. I mean, there’s speculation that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after his time in Afghanistan. Shit, if that’s the case, should he have been allowed to legally purchase a .45-caliber Glock handgun? Listen, these are the type of scenarios that reasonable people think about when asking for gun reform. Real talk, I’m not one of those folks who think that nobody should have a firearm. I just want to make sure that the ones who do are in their right fucking mind. Clearly, Long was not one of those individuals, bruh.

In the end, I don’t know what else to say, son. Ultimately, I can’t definitively say that I know the reason for all of these mass shootings. Is it gun control? Is it mental health? Is it terrorism? Is it a combination of all of the above? I don’t fucking know, man. All I know is, this “thoughts and prayers” shit isn’t working, fam. With that being said, I’m tired of all of the partisan bullshit. At the end of the day, our elected officials need to get to the bottom of the issue and nip this shit in the bud, bruh. For God‘s sake, how many more people have to die? *Sigh* Rest In Peace to all of the victims, brethren. Once again, a group of innocent people died for no reason. LC out.

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

So, I won’t lie, son. The suicides of both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain threw me for a loop, man. Now, my wife is way more familiar with Spade than me, but I was always a big fan of Bourdain, fam. In any case, their respective deaths hit close to home for me, bruh. Look, I’m no stranger to talking about mental health on this blog, folks. On the real, I’ve written multiple articles about my own struggles with depression. All I know is, we need to talk WAY more openly about mental illness. Frankly, it could save our life or the life of a loved one.

Ok, real talk, I’m not going to go into much depth about the particulars of Spade’s and Bourdain’s deaths. Shit, that’s what Google is for, son. However, I want to talk about depression and the damage it can do to our psyches, man. Now, for me, I can’t say that I’ve ever contemplated suicide. But, there were definitely times in my life where I didn’t care if I lived or died. Like, I never cut my wrists or tried to hang myself, but I would FREQUENTLY drive highly intoxicated. In my mind, if I happened to just run off of the road, I wouldn’t really give a shit, fam.

Now, as ashamed as I am to say this, being a father didn’t immediately change my destructive behavior. Keeping it a buck, my first son was barely a year old when I was in danger of losing my family. My then-girlfriend (now-wife) broke up with me because of my emotional distance, excessive drinking, partying and infidelity. Real talk, I knew I needed to make a change and FAST. Since college, my homie Mitch suggested therapy, but I always resisted. All I can say is, at that time, I knew it was now or never, bruh.

Anyway, I told that entire story because I want to stress the importance of getting help, son. Honestly, I didn’t even know I had mental issues until I saw someone. From there, so much of my previous behavior started to make sense, man. Listen, I was using all of my vices as coping mechanisms as opposed to getting to the root of the problem. Sadly, I don’t know what was eating at both Spade and Bourdain. All I can say is, it’s truly heartbreaking that they weren’t able to find the relief they desperately needed, fam.

In the end, I don’t want anyone to feel alone, son. If anybody is having mental issues or thoughts of suicide, there’s an outlet, man. Ultimately, there’s therapy and/or medication to help with those cognitive struggles. There are prevention hotlines to help curve those suicidal thoughts. Furthermore, even if we’re not the ones having the problems, I want all of us to be a helping hand and/or ear to anyone who is struggling. At the end of the day, I wish individuals like Spade and Bourdain saw the beauty in their respective lives. But, it’s not to late for those who are still here. That is all. LC out.

Drake Is A Certified Clown

So, let me start this post off by saying I’m a fan of Drake’s music. While I believe his Views album is nothing more than weed plate material, when it comes to his overall discography, I rock out with most of Drake’s records. Now, I feel like I needed to give that disclaimer because any time someone criticizes someone else, they’re automatically labeled a “hater.” With that being said, after hearing the bullshit he said about Kid Cudi on “Two Birds, One Stone,” Drake is looking like a real bozo to me right now. As a man who’s very recently written about mental illness, the fact that Drake would poke fun at Cudi’s situation says A TON about him. All I know is, I’ve lost a lot of respect for him because of this.

Ok, yes, I know Cudi dissed Drake first. Hell, I even wrote about that situation on this blog too. However; at some point, we all need to be responsible. Even though Cudi technically drew first blood, once the entire situation was put in its proper perspective, Drake should’ve let this silly feud go. Frankly, to me, it doesn’t matter when Drake recorded the song. If he recorded it BEFORE he knew about Cudi’s issues, he should’ve kept that record to himself. If he recorded the song AFTER he knew about Cudi’s issues, then he’s a pure asshole, man. Either way, there was a much better way to approach this circumstance and Drake did NOT do the right thing.

Now, I may be getting ahead of myself here. Let me actually tell everyone what Drake said about Cudi. During his extended verse on the aforementioned song, Drake uttered the following words:

You were the man on the moon,

Now you just go through your phases,

Life of the angry and famous,

Rap like I know I’m the greatest,

Then give you the tropical flavors,

Still never been on hiatus,

You stay xanned and perked up,

So when reality set in you don’t gotta face it.

Really, Aubrey? Fucking really, man? Just from reading these lyrics, it seems very apparent that he was aware of Cudi’s illness and wrote this on purpose. So, that basically makes him a worthless piece of shit. I mean, where are his people, son? No one in the studio told him this was a sucker move? Mental illness isn’t a fucking punchline, man! On the real, since he’s the biggest rapper in the world, I bet he just figured his fans would ride with his fuck shit. However; as social media is currently showcasing, people aren’t cool with his stance here. Even if he has a legitimate gripe with Cudi, there are so many other angles to take. He could talk about Cudi’s music. He could talk about Cudi’s strained relationship with Kanye West. Shit, he could even talk about how Cudi’s show, How To Make It In America, got cancelled years back. But nooooo, Drake decided to be a dick and kick a man below the belt. What a fucking clown, son.

In the end, I simply can’t respect what Drake did here. This is Rap music, son. Rap music, bro. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not that serious, man. However; mental illness is serious. Making jokes about someone’s well-being is not what real men do. Then again, what can I expect from someone who’s made an entire career out of being the male version of Taylor Swift? I’m out. Good day.