Because apparently the crippling financial death spiral isn’t enough news, CNN decided to report on this exceptionally odd story involving a bunch of rather looney Heath Ledger Joker fans circulating an idiotic petition. Read:
A group of Heath Ledger fans have taken their reverence for the late “The Dark Knight” star to a whole new level.
Followers of the actor, who electrified audiences with his chilling reinvention of The Joker in the second Batman blockbuster, are calling for the character to be retired from the movies permanently.
Ledger supporters at new Web site, The Ultimate Joker, launched a petition last week calling for studios to remove The Joker from any future Batman movies. The petition currently has 2431 supporters.
And uh, why are they calling for the Joker’s retirement exactly?
“We think Heath deserves this honor,” the site’s team leader, Fer Barbella told CNN over the phone from Buenos Aires. “He is the ultimate Joker.”
“We are Batman fans from the comics and from the movies,” he said, “After we saw “The Dark Knight” we thought this Joker was really the best. It deserves to be withdrawn from any Batman sequels.
“When Michael Jordan retired they withdrew the number 23 jersey as an honor. It’s the same thing with Heath.”
How many levels of stupid is this? Well let’s see, first of all, you’ve started a petition, which is the most useless way to go about doing anything unless you’re trying to get something on a ballot. And as far as I know, movie direction is not decided by popular vote.
Secondly, you’re comparing retiring Heath’s Joker to retiring Jordan’s number, which is like comparing apples to a concrete mixer. The number 23 is not an iconic villain (unless you count that sh*tty Jim Carrey movie) and the Joker is not a symbol used to identify a basketball player that can be retired out of respect.
The group says once they get 50,000 signatures they’re going to march on Warner Bros. or something like that. In the time that it takes them to get 50,000 signatures for a petition that stupid, I’m guessing that I could build a device to electroshock Heath Ledger back to life so he can continue the role himself.