Todd Phillips, the director of the "Joker" movie, blasted "woke culture" for destroying the ability for creatives to make comedies in an interview excoriated by many liberals on social media.
Phillips says that he abandoned comedic films partly because of critics on social media that constantly look to be outraged and offended.
"Go try to be funny nowadays with this woke culture," Phillips said in the Vanity Fair interview.
"There were articles written about why comedies don't work anymore," he added. "I'll tell you why, because all the f**king funny guys are like, 'F**k this s**t, because I don't want to offend you.'"
Phillips also directed "The Hangover" and "Old School," but cited social media among the reasons he chose a dramatic movie next and abandoned comedy.
"It's hard to argue with 30 million people on Twitter. You just can't do it, right?" he continued.
"So you just go, 'I'm out.' I'm out, and you know what? With all my comedies—I think that what comedies, in general, all have in common—is they're irreverent," he explained.
"So I go, 'How do I do something irreverent, but fuck comedy? Oh I know, let's take the comic book movie universe and turn it on its head with this.' And so that's really where that came from," Phillips said.
Many offended tweets
Some on social media were offended at Phillips for saying that they were too quick to be offended.
"Ya know, I liked JOKER, but all these Todd Phillips quotes going around today are making me regret that...," tweeted film critic Chris Evangelista.
"I don't care if it was woke culture or whatever that did it I'm just happy Todd Phillips stopped making comedies," said actor Ron Funches.
I don’t care if it was woke culture or whatever that did it I’m just happy Todd Phillips stopped making comedies.— Ronald Funches (@Ronald Funches)1569963128.0
"Joker director Todd Phillips left comedy because nobody thinks his offensive humor is funny anymore, and he wasn't able to adapt like literally everybody else." tweeted Joanna Schroeder.
"Todd Phillips is lashing out at woke culture because that's simply what guys named Todd were put on this Earth to do," responded comedian Tim Duffy.
The "Joker" movie is projected to haul in $150 million, a major victory for Phillips.
Here's an interview with Phillips on the "Joker" movie:
Todd Phillips (Director) Talks JOKER - ComicBook.com Exclusive Interview www.youtube.com