Joker recently hit the big screen, and for the most part, people seem to be enjoying it. The film, starring Joaquin Phoenix in an origin story of the Batman villain, has a 90% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Back in June, before the movie was released, writer Geraldine DeRuiter decided to imagine what the Joker would be like if the villain was a woman. And somehow, just like the female reboot of the Ghostbusters, men found a way to hate it.
"The Joker should have been a woman," DeRuiter wrote. "And she finally went insane because too many random dudes told her to smile, so now she perpetually smiles while terrorizing Gotham."
She continued: "She becomes a sort of folk hero for the women of Gotham. She unleashes financial records for companies that don't compensate women properly. She blackmails cheaters and misogynists. She threatens the goddamn Patriarchy. It's terrifying and wonderful."
DeRuiter even had an idea for the plot of the movie: "The Batman needs to stop her to restore the order of things, but on some level, he's conflicted. She's a villain. But she's right."
As well as a catchphrase: "Her catchphrase would be 'Well, ACTUALLY...' and then she'd just trail off and laugh maniacally."
The idea honestly sounds like a pretty good one. But a lot of men didn't seem too happy about the premise.
DeRuiter responded to her original tweets writing: "OMG, y'all, I suggested a girl should be in a comic and they are so, so mad and I can't stop laughing."
DeRuiter also shared a bunch of tweets from men who weren't very happy about her tweets.
One user write: "No, it simple means cheer up buttercup. Stop looking for things to upset you, toots."
While another added: "No woman could terrorize Gotham."
"The only sustenance I need today is fragile male tweets and hot pockets," DeRuiter wrote sharing more tweets. Their fragile male rage just makes me stronger."
One user asked: "So this version of the Joker decided to murder scores of innocents because a few guys made a minor suggestion?"
Yes, so much worse than the current Joker who murders people for no reason.
Another added: "Men say what they mean. Stop reading into everything."
"Imagine getting this mad because someone suggested the bad guy should be a girl," DeRuiter concluded. "But when we try to fight back at the government regulating our bodies we're hysterical and out of line."