Mike Gold: The Joker’s New Friend
I always wondered how World War II would have turned out if only Joseph Goebbels had a sense of humor. After all, what’s the old adage – you get more with a smile and a bomb than just a bomb alone? Really, the whole concept of Harley Quinn is based upon this philosophy.
You know Harley Quinn. The Joker’s… ah, paramour? Quadramour? Well, hold that thought for a couple paragraphs.
This is the start of the new fall television series, not only in North America, but evidently in Iraq as well. A new program, The Superstitious State, is being promoted up in the land between two rivers. It’s tagged “satire,” but it’s not going to close on Saturday night. Here’s the premise.
There’s this big celebration somewhere in some desert. It’s a wedding, although the focus is on the consummation of this blessed event. Don’t worry, it’s G-Rated, common for a Muslim nation that makes its media available to citizens of all ages. The idea is…
… jeez, I hope you’re sitting down…
The Marlboro Man gathers up the wedding party and invited guests. He’s on horseback, but heck, it’s the desert and tanks would be tacky. And who is the lucky couple? Well, the groom is Satan, red, adorned in typical Satanic dress and looking somewhat like Jon Lovitz. The lucky bride is a Jewess (I love that word) who is wearing a bridal gown, a Star of David necklace and – get this; these people really have balls – a princess tiara. She looks somewhat like most of my aunts. That loud clicking you’re hearing right now is the sound of Long Island New York switching over to the Chabad telethon.
The happy bride (she’s really happy) sings “I hope to get a ring on my finger by someone who will destroy the country.” Her betrothed responds “We will name our child ISIS.” I presume the Jewess is supposed to be Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s mom.
OK, that’s pretty good. Here’s where it gets better. Part of the wedding party, in addition to Saddam Hussain, is The Joker.
Yep. The Joker. Harley Quinn’s objet d’amour. Batman’s arch-nemesis. The creation of Jerry Robinson and Bob Kane and Bill Finger, although there are no creators credits in this promo. I assume DC Entertainment did not license The Joker out to Al-Iraqiyya, but I could be wrong. That whole “Jews run Hollywood” thing is kinda overblown.
However, I haven’t heard of Warner Bros. suing anybody over this misappropriated, unfair use. Damn, Batman movie executive producer Michael Uslan, a long time comics fan and a former DC employee, is in fact a lawyer. I believe he was in China when this story broke, but he’s back now and… we’re waiting.
I watched this a few hours before the premiere of Gotham. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s your big opportunity.
The Superstitious State is on the Al-Iraqiyya network, so call your cable or satellite service provider now!