Joker is one of the most hyped up movies coming out next month but could also end up becoming one of the most dangerous. Many people are worried that the film will inspire certain groups of people in the US to shoot up public places, especially after some recent shootings. It seems like the US military is aware of this and want to prepare for any possible dangers that could happen.
Gizmodo revealed that the US army has warned several servicemen about possible gun violence from incels and other extremist groups that could happen during Joker screenings. The lengthy email can be read below and could make others paranoid so read at your own risk. Still, it's better to be safe than sorry and we hope that nothing bad happens to anyone.
Posts on social media have made reference to involuntary celibate ("incel") extremists replicating the 2012 theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, at screenings of the Joker movie at nationwide theaters. This presents a potential risk to DOD personnel and family members, though there are no known specific credible threats to the opening of the Joker on 4 October.
Incels are individuals who express frustration from perceived disadvantages to starting intimate relationships. Incel extremists idolize violent individuals like the Aurora movie theater shooter. They also idolize the Joker character, the violent clown from the Batman series, admiring his depiction as a man who must pretend to be happy, but eventually fights back against his bullies.
When entering theaters, identify two escape routes, remain aware of your surroundings, and remember the phrase "run, hide, fight." Run if you can. If you're stuck, hide (also referred to as "sheltering in place"), and stay quiet. If a shooter finds you, fight with whatever you can.
You have to feel for the filmmakers and actors of Joker since they probably just want to make an evocative piece of art and there's so much hysteria over how it could cause violence. While I believe that they should be able to show the movie, the recent US shootings have been pretty concerning. Hopefully, people watch the movie, know that it's just a cautionary work of fiction and do nothing else.
Joker is coming to theatres on October 4.