Social media viewers point out that both Gotham and Hong Kong are home to groups of dissatisfied people who feel abandoned by their government and a wealthy elite. In the movie, Gotham citizens and policemen fight in a subway station, a sinister echo of such fights in Hong Kong's own stations. At the end of the film, rioters devastate parts of the city with seeming smoke or gas ̵
Kimmy Woo, a student who recently saw "Joker". also saw an analogy for Hong Kong's government in the film. In one scene, the joker accused his therapist of not listening in all his weekly sessions. "It's like the government now," Woo said. "Regardless of how people voice their demands, the government is still not listening."
Deacon Lui, a local photographer who talks about the protests has recently posted photos of herself in Joker Makeup. "The film is about a minority in society that is constantly being ignored by those who have the resources," he told CNN. "You do not have the right way to express your anger or those negative feelings … I think it's out of desperation that (the joker) went crazy and decided to make a rebellion." brutal violence: "People feel helpless and can not express it," Lui said.
Despite all efforts, these joker fans are not making any progress in the protest movement – many are trying to distance themselves more from the film. Posts that make these comparisons are often downgraded heavily, with comments encouraging the community not to seek the joker.
"I hope everyone will stop using jokers to describe Hong Kong as it will only bring negative results, whether global or personal. "it was said.
Woo also warned The danger of glorifying the Joker was that she hoped the demonstrators would not try to emulate him or his fictitious followers.
"In the end, the masked people (Thomas Wayne and his wife) killed and everyone was excited and felt like they were doing the right thing," she said. "But we can not do that … If the Hong Kong people really acted like the joker, Hong Kong would be doomed to fail."
These reactions show how the protesters see themselves – not as criminals or vandals, but as "freedom fighters", as an online commentary put it. The Joker is pleased to cause chaos – but the protesters claim they have been forced into this fight by an unresponsive government.
This distinction is important to them, as they often argue that any violence or destruction on their part justifies causes rather than unnecessary violence. When protesters are criticized for destroying metro stations or destroying ATMs, they often say they have little choice and all for the better.
Even Lui said he did not intend his photos to be an endorsement of the joker's violence – that's what he was. I'm just trying to portray the social tensions that exist in both film and real life.
The Joker was not a hero, he said. Like many of the demonstrators in Hong Kong, the joker was "just a guy who acted out of desperation."