So, folks, it’s January 10. Are you scared yet? Ten days from now, He Who Must Not Be Named (Because He Has His Name On Everything He Owns) will become our country’s new leader. And, yes, I’m nervous. Nervous about which unknown dark direction said new leader will take out country.
But it’s not so much what one man with an evil heart will do. It’s those with similarly dark hearts will do. Generally speaking, I am very nervous about my fellow LGBT sisters and brothers over the next 4 years. And I’m anxious and fearful that we will be subject to mistreatment, disrespect, and disdain from those who have always longed to push us back into the closet.
Do you think my fears are unfounded? Better think again. Consider:
An anti-trans lawmaker in Virginia has introduced a bill preventing trans people from using public restrooms of the gender they identify as, as well as requiring schools to notify parents of kids who reveal themselves as trans.
A similar anti-trans bill has been proposed in Texas.
And in Minnesota.
And in Alabama as well, where the proposal would also require attendants in gender-neutral restrooms.
And while I haven’t seen any news of a similar statewide proposal here in Wisconsin in recent days, I wouldn’t put it past the evil-minded in our state’s legislature (and they have both houses of the legislature in their hands) to introduce similarly hateful legislation that would only serve to brand us as the dreaded “others.”
But while proposing these bills is one thing, making them laws is another. And it helps that, at the very least, the above mentioned proposals in Virginia and Minnesota will likely face the veto pens of those states’ governors, both of whom are on the record as being LGBT-friendly. Sure, they’re only two governors, but their standing in the way of hateful legislation can speak volumes.
But, of course, there’s the specter of He Who Must Not Be Named looming over all of us in all 50 states. Yes, he is a truly disgusting man, as he proves every day on his Twitter feed. (Heck, no, I’m not going to link to it. Why should I give that man any sense of dignity when he doesn’t give it to anyone else?)
But at least there is at least one person who has taken that new leader’s hateful, ridiculous, condescending rhetoric and turn it into something akin to a funhouse mirror. Something still terrifying, for sure, but also effective enough to show the new leader for the despicable man he truly is.
So, without further adieu, ladies and gentlemen, The Joker:
Chilling, huh? That is indeed the voice of The Joker, aka Batman‘s arch nemesis. Actually, that’s the voice of the actor Mark Hamill, who, in addition to appearing in a legendary movie series — you know, the one that includes Light Sabres and The Force — has voiced The Joker in various animated iterations of Batman since the mid 1990s (perhaps most notably this series).
It is this voice work as The Joker that has given Mark Hamill additional, well-deserved acclaim. It also inspired a comedy writer by the name of Matt Oswalt an idea. Back on New Year’s Eve, He Who Must Not Be Named sent out a tweet wishing a happy new year to everyone, including those he brands as his “enemies.” Matt Oswalt read that tweet and, according to this news article, thought it was the kind of words The Joker would utter before forcing something dastardly upon the fair people of Gotham City. So, Oswalt would suggest to Hamill, “Hey, Mark, what do you think?” Hamill thought it was a good idea and, a few days later, would post the sound bite in the above tweet, reading He Who Must… You Know’s tweet word-for-word in The Joker’s voice.
Will Mark Hamill post similar Joker-as-You Know Who’s tweets in the future? The reference of “quote #1” in the above tweet suggest as such. That would be cool indeed. If that’s not the case, at least it’s good to know that any disgusting comment (on Twitter or otherwise) by the next president will sound a little bit bearable in the voice of one of the greatest supervillains in comics and animation history.