“Talking Star: 'The Star Report': Should Black People Identify as Color Neutral?”
‘Joker’ Movie Review: Classic Film or Trash? *Spoilers ahead*
If you don’t mind spoilers, continue reading. If you do mind, watch the film Joker (2019). Before anything, Mr. Torain exclaims that the Tyler, the Creator show was lit. He was giddy as a teenybopper screaming Tyler’s name at the show. Next, he smoothly delves into the common thread of the narrative, the Joker film. He says that the film is not an adaptation of any comic book in any sense. The film explores mental health and anxiety issues present within relatively modern culture. Star points out that there are no CGI effects included in the film, yet the cinematography is sublime. Star says that he grows weary of movies with all kinds of big shootouts with machine guns and rockets and missiles. This film that he discusses is a big plus to him. The Joker employs a revolver. He shoots three white boys on the subway, Star describes. Additionally, the Joker (Joaquin Phoenix) stabs a man in the head. In a wicked scene to Mr. Torain, a little person is given the opportunity to leave a room with a chain lock on the door and fails to reach it to escape. Star says that Joaquin Phoenix is superb.
Star finds the film to be not just a classic, but a “monumental” piece of cinematic grandeur. A caller states that he worked on the film, but has yet to see the final product. He informs Star and the audience that the people going about their day around the film thought that the gunshots were real. Mr. Torain relishes at the fact that the Joker kills his mother in such a cold way. He uses a pillow to smother her to death. According to Mr. Torain, Robert Deniro’s character is smug and condescending in the film. Star enjoys seeing the man’s character perish. Star then goes back to the main topic of the show: what does color neutral mean? He explains that race is a social construct. Race does not exist, properly, in nature. Only humans recognize amongst each other the differences in melanin content, eye color and hair texture. It is an idea that is used, for good or ill, to classify and categorize human beings. A caller says that blacks need a place on this earth as a common people. He holds that the color neutral ideal is for collectivism. Mr. Torain allows the caller his opinion, but retains an objective perspective by stating that figures like the Minister Louis Farrakhan have strayed from the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. He says that Minister Farrakhan has incorporated elements of Scientology and Dianetics into the Nation of Islam. This is an about face to what Elijah Muhammad had planned for NOI to become. L. Ron Hubbard didn’t care about blacks during his lifetime and was ambivalent about people of color joining his ranks. What Star does in these passages of his show is demonstrate how a people often allegedly seen on the periphery should take hold of their destinies and find a way to be rational egoists.
Back to the film. A caller says that Joker explores the character’s childhood, and the reason why he murders his mother. The movie seems like more of a psychological thriller the way that Mr. Torain responds to the caller. Star says that the “film is the film,” and doesn’t need any further explanation. Yet he continues to explain. Mr. Torain uses doublespeak, reverse psychology, double and triple entendres, and other wordplay to glue together the pieces of the show into a collage of truth. He says this all while knowing that he will be explaining the film for the next few minutes. This a rhetorical device that Mr. Torain employs to keep his audience tuned into their devices. Actress Zazie Beetz plays Joker’s love interest. Star wonders whether she still holds the belief that Americans shower too much.
Boss Chick Ronnie joins the meditative show. She says about the main topic that it is classifying people as black. Star then asks why can’t black people be color neutral? He asks this to see if all of his audience, whatever their melanin content, can answer the question. As Star stirs the pot, he knows that he is agitating and causing cognitive dissonance in some of the members of his audio visual gathering. A caller then says that blacks need to do more reading. Star essentially says that’s BS and propaganda. Blacks in the world have greater access to reading materials. Mr. Torain finds it to be a lie to state that blacks don’t teach their own. The late educator Marva Collins ran a private school in the ‘hood' of Chicago and saw a success rate of college graduates that remains unprecedented. Star says that the Moors taught cave dwellers how to wash their bodies. Throughout history, black people have been able to read, and in modern times this has become a mainstay of black life. Blacks certainly read more than what is broadcast in the culture. Star calls for blacks to “civilize an 85er.” This means, coming from the Five-Percent Nation, that five percent of the population must lead the deaf, dumb, and blind from their mental captivity. While not a member of the Nation of Gods and Earths, Mr. Torain respects their teachings and slips in tiny pieces of their ideology within the framework of his show.
Mr. Torain finds that the color neutral debate is too deep and wants to just talk about Joker. Ironically, he goes back to the main topic still, warning people of color to not let America marginalize them. A white caller says that the film is a “brainwash movie,” and that it promotes the start of physical force. Star then acknowledges that the movie is a masterpiece. He continues saying Phoenix deserves an Oscar®. Star gives kudos to the late Heath Ledger who won a posthumous Academy Award for his work in The Dark Knight (2008). He also mentions Jack Nicholson’s Joker, which receives honorable mention from the Objective Hater.
Star talks about how the Manhattan Project promoted huge amounts of force. While the end results helped to secure a win for the sole superpower, the United States, the mental processing that went into creating the A-bomb still involved the killer understanding that is possible in the minds of men. Caller City Girl poses a question about whether the woman with the excellent sex that Star enjoyed should have gone to the Tyler, the Creator show. Star explains that another young lady that he had relations with didn’t feel like going, so Star just went by himself. At this point, the conversation shifts to serial killer Coral Eugene Watts. Star calls the “Sunday Morning Slasher” a freedom fighter. Once again, Mr. Torain stirs the pot on the subject of murderers. While he would never condone their horrific actions, he gives them titles to point out how there remain select members of society who are homicidal psychopaths. And to nail the point home, he gives them monikers like “freedom fighter” to display how their wicked deeds prompt law enforcement to study them even further. Cash App/ Super Chat donor says the movie is “short and sweet.” Caller Kid Dangerous claims to be a battle rapper and will pay Charlie Clips $5,000 for a battle. Caller Jason says that he smoked blunts before the film. Star says that he didn’t need to get high to enjoy the picture. Jason then rattles off serial killers Samuel Little and the “Monster of the Andes,” Pedro López. Jason then signs off by saying that he “doesn’t bow down to pronouns.” The talk then shifts back to the race issue.
Mr. Torain says that he checks all the boxes on the Census forms. A child of mixed races, Star showcases how he has an Italian mother, and had an African American father, members of the island nations within his bloodstream. More than just covering his bases, he offers to his viewers and listeners the ridiculous nature of these studies. Who cares about what skin color you have as long as you’ve got a brain and the character to keep it? Mike from Boston then goes on a white on white hate tirade saying that if he hears Jason say “respectfully” one more time, he’s going to be even more agitated. Like a pancake on a Saturday morning, Star flips back to serial killers. This underlines the vicious nature of the film discussed throughout the show. He says that Ted Bundy was “debonair and charismatic” while Watts was disbelieved of his crimes because he lacked methodology.
Caller names Joker a film with great direction. At the theater, Star passed on the butter that looks like oil, which Star maintains is the substance which causes cancer. Star slips in the details to get the mind’s wheels churning whether or not what he is saying is on the right path or one that offers you the opportunity to take your own path. His reasoning for throwing out this information is to continue his saying of, “I know what I’m doing.”
Then, Brandy calls in to talk more Joker. Star lets her speak and informs everyone that the Joker primarily uses scissors and knives as weapons of choice. While it may have been more advantageous for a big budget comparatively speaking, (Joker could have been made for four times its $55 million budget like the amount of money used to produce most action movies) Star highlights how you can present a great piece of art without all of the unnecessary bells and whistles. After that, Brandy sways to the main issue. She questions the very idea of color neutralism. Star warns Brandy to stay away from drugs. When Brandy hangs up the phone, it is discovered that Ronnie smokes menthol cigarettes.
A Super Chatter says Ronnie should dress up like a black woman for Halloween (she’s African American). Caller wants to subjectively hate but Star regulates with the quickness. In a moment, the discussion swings back to the Guyger case. This is brief. Joker is the real topic of discourse. Caller lets the audience and host know that she is more of a Marvel fanatic rather than DC. Star completely enjoyed watching the film and gives it five out of five stars, with five being the best. Caller focuses on money instead of stress and strife. Sleeping Starlight flips on Star but still sends a Cash App. Callers still have trouble getting off their Bluetooth headsets and turning down background media or just finding a quiet place to chat. For all the times that Star has to say, “turn that down in the background” he may be swayed to title his next incarnation that phrase. The color neutralism discussion returns as it is said that ADOS have pushed to the forefront for reparations to the presidential conversation. Super Chatter Drinky Crow 314 thinks that Star was “stuffed” at the Tyler, the Creator concert. Clark C–– prompts Star to say the difference between his show and others. He completely disregards Clark’s message to the Hater. Caller Christian wonders why Tyler, the Creator became a person that Star respects. Mr. Torain reminds the audience that he enjoyed Tyler’s takedown of DJ Khaled on the Billboard 200 chart for the number one spot. Mr. Torain then drops some game saying, “sometimes that cougar coochie is what you need.” Brandy hops back on the line. She says that she is a big Frank Ocean fan. Star holds that Tyler performed well on stage and didn’t have a bunch of n––– around him yelling, “free my n–––!” Mr. Torain states that he found the music booming, and the crowd knew the lyrics to the songs word for word. It remained an enjoyable experience for the Hater.
With the strands of color neutralism, the film Joker, and Tyler, the Creator concert, Star weaves a tapestry of serious thought and joviality. Mr. Torain is aware of his prowess on the YouTube circuit, and knows that his show is not for everyone. But the fabric of these disparate topics is stitched together with ease and flair to show that a seamless presentation can still enchant, motivate, and inspire.
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