Saad Hariri gave political adversaries in Lebanon’s coalition government to agree on reforms.The brothers posted their art on social media and plastered the image around Beirut. But they weren’t the only people who saw Gotham City as a stand-in for their home.
Cynthia Aboujaoude, a 28-year-old senior art director in graphic design, showed up to protests in Beirut wearing Joker makeup. It just “felt right,” she said.
In Chile, where people have been protesting rising living costs, low wages, a lack of healthcare and the country’s pension system, Valentina Alvarez, a psychologist in the Concepción area, has been going to every demonstration she can.
On October 24, she captured a photo of a fellow protester wearing Joker makeup, holding a sign calling out the country’s president, Sebastián Piñera. Since then, Alvarez said she has seen others dressed similarly, adding that she had been wanting to dress up as the Joker herself.
Invoking the Joker is also an effective way for protesters to be seen and heard, Beer said.Because the film has been so popular with audiences worldwide, using imagery or making references to “Joker” can help attract attention and generate support on a wider scale.”If you have local protests in Hong Kong, or in Beirut, in Lebanon, in Chile, these are very local issues,” Beer told CNN. “How do you connect your grievances with potentially global audience, from Kenya to Cambodia to Chile? I think what you need is an item of current pop culture.”Not to mention, everybody loves a good villain.”If you take a look at the Joker, it’s an ambiguous mixture between something funny and something menacing,” he said. “It’s a horror clown and that’s kind of, somehow cool. You can make memes of that.”