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The Joker star went off-script to bare his teeth at the meat industry, risking ridicule to advocate profound social change

Ahead of its release, all the conversation around Joker was about the harm it would cause, how it would encourage copycat violence and awaken a sleeper cell of resentful white guys itching to wreak violence upon the innocent. The joke was on us: Joker has paved the way for one of the most progressive and undeniably bizarre acceptance speeches in living memory, courtesy of Joaquin Phoenix at last night’s Oscars.

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