Brandon Lee Says Watching ‘Joker’ Inspired Him To Speak Out About Depression

Brandon Lee wants to end the stigma around mental health.

“The Hils” star, 23, took to Instagram after seeing Todd Phillips’ “Joker”, revealing that he has struggled with depression and anxiety his “entire life.”

“I’ve dealt with depression and anxiety my entire life and I’ve been lucky enough to be able to afford treatment for that,” Lee wrote, adding that “The ‘Joker’ film hit the nail on the head.”

RELATED: Joaquin Phoenix Says He And ‘Joker’ Director Todd Phillips Have Talked About ‘Endless’ Possibilities For Sequel

He also hopes, people “will realize how much we constantly torment people with mental illness.”

“Joker” has stirred up controversy for possibly inciting violence.

RELATED: Fans Angry With ‘Joker”s Use Of A Gary Glitter Song

Lee, the son of Pamela Anderson and Tommy lee, then explained what depression can feel like, “There is no light at the end of the tunnel. You feel alone, helpless, and like there is no way out. You feel like you are drowning. Those sort of feelings can push someone to do anything.”

“We deprive them of counsel, medication, and aid to pay for those,” he added. “We tease them in our schools, outcast them as adults, and we are SURPRISED when people lash out in extreme fashion? We blame gun laws after mass shootings when we should be looking at the individual? It’s all backwards.”

“Joker” is now playing.

Get breaking news in your inbox



Powered by VIP