For those of you who regularly pay attention to the comic blog-o-sphere, a viral news story recently circulated making the claim that Jared Leto was so angry at WB for his cuts from Suicide Squad that he publicly let off some steam during his Camp Mars appearance. The reports are claiming that Leto said ‘f**k ’em’ in regards to WB and also claimed that he said he felt like he had been tricked into appearing in Suicide Squad. Camp Mars is a gathering for fans of his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and one of the attendees made the initial claim on their Tumblr account that Leto had said all of this. It became an instant viral news story, and the rest is history. Or is it?
The same Tumblr account that posted the initial claims has posted a new message to media outlets letting them know that what Leto actually said had been taken out of context. See the clarification below:
1) I think it’s highly problematic a media outlet such way [sic] Batman-News.com is sourcing someone’s impressions posted on a tumblr account as some sort of fact – when no direct quotes from Jared were ever posted.
2) The 9 second “[frick] em” snapchat video had been posted identifying that that was Jared’s response to his contract asking he not rock climb while filming. That was all it was in regards to. If a media outlet wants to take it out of context to get people to click on an article that has no direct basis beyond someone’s impressions – that’s on them.
3) It’s no secret Jared feels disappointed in what ended up being the theatrical release of Suicide Squad. He’s discussed this repeatedly in interviews during the promotional tour in London. This is the same sentiment he shared in moments during Camp Mars – however he did say he had a lot of fun creating the joker and needs more joker as well.
4) I never meant or wanted my impressions over hearing Jared’s disappointments in the Suicide Squad editing to be taken out of context. It was interesting to hear him be so honest and open and while I captured 16 seconds of that particular moment on snapchat and shared it – there were dozens of people in that room videotaping minutes and possibly the entire event – as a request had never been made to not record it.
If that request had been made – I never would’ve recorded a second of it. I personally just really loved his vibe in that second, being about following his passions no matter what, that I wanted to share it.
The fact this has happened has made me very apprehensive over sharing any additional impressions or thoughts on Camp Mars. Which is unfortunate because it was a very entertaining weekend, Jared was lovely & lively, and I wanted to discuss so much.
Most of the posts on news sites also included a quick video of Leto laughing and saying, ‘f**k ’em’. That video, however, was taken out of context as all he was doing was answering a question about rock climbing. The response was made after he was asked about blatantly breaking his contract with WB by rock climbing, which is against his terms due to risk of injury. His response was a humorous, ‘f**k ’em’, which makes sense as to why he’s laughing in the video. The rest of the story about Leto saying he felt tricked into his contract was completely fabricated.
I guess you can’t always believe everything you read on the internet, now can you?