Todd Phillips Joker hasnt premiered in theaters nationwide yet, but theres already a confounding mix of hype and controversy surrounding the film. Some predict it will be a gritty, Oscar-buzzing potential masterpiece with an outstanding performance by lead Joaquin Phoenix. Others are expressing valid concerns about the brand of toxic masculinity portrayed in the film. Particularly, some are worried that men who feel marginalized by society will maybe identify a little too strongly with the film, and a new Tickets to Joker meme riffs off of that very idea.
Essentially, the meme boils down to a text format that reads [X amount] tickets to Joker, please accompanied by a photo of the type of people you would expect to be first in line on opening nightboth real and fictional.
Know Your Meme writes that the meme appears to have originated in early September on 4chan, of all places, when an anonymous user published a post that featured a photograph of Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, who murdered 12 of their fellow students and one teacher in the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, with the caption, 2 tickets to Joker please.
From there, the meme began circulating on social media sites such as Twitter and Reddit, as people began using it to roast Chad and incel culture, as you can see in some examples of the Tickets to Joker memes, below.
Hi, one ticket to Joker please. Yes, just one. Yes, again. pic.twitter.com/g57uq8kYgL
— John (@goatdiehard) September 6, 2019
"7 tickets to joker please" pic.twitter.com/jcNourimWp
— chang chong here (@Nizzel_D) September 24, 2019
"8 tickets to Joker, please" pic.twitter.com/UCK1iEJ15A
— Noah Terrell (@noahmterrell) September 12, 2019
id like 3 tickets to see the new Joker movie please pic.twitter.com/JePohEB60H
— yung boi (@DatBoiSuheezy) September 25, 2019
Yes, two tickets to Joker(2019) starring Joaquin Phoenix, please pic.twitter.com/gVkZxbRKMu
— Mega SoCal Val (@BetrayedVal) September 10, 2019
three tickets to Joker please my good sir pic.twitter.com/BftD0f2P0a
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