The Impact of ‘Joker’ on Mental Illness Stereotypes
Do movies like ‘Joker’ accurately represent mental illness, or do they contribute to stigma and misinformation?
November 15, 2023
Movies are designed to reel the audience in and offer an escape from reality for a couple of hours. They give a glimpse into the minds of the characters onscreen.
Movies also allow viewers to reflect on their own feelings and experiences. When a movie evokes current events, it can provoke emotions and reactions ranging from glee to anxiety.
“Joker” is one such film.
In 2020, Joaquin Phoenix earned the Best Actor nod at the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, and the movie received 11 Oscar nominations, with two wins.
However, a debate among mental health advocates has since erupted. Are movies like “Joker” harmful—or helpful—to mental health conversations?
Keep Reading To Learn
- How media depictions of mental illness have changed
- Common myths about mental illness portrayed in the media
- The concerns and opportunities that arise from “Joker”