A man from Missouri was arrested for making death threats whilst dressed as the Joker.
The 51-year-old man, named Jeremy J. Garnier was arrested on Thursday in University City for making death threats on Facebook Live while being dressed as the DC villain Joker. In his Facebook Live threats, the man stated that he wanted to kill five random people. In his barrage, he also revealed that he was dressed as the Joker for attention. Currently, the wannabe Joker is being held with no bail.
While the Facebook Live video that saw his dressed as the Joker has been taken down, the transcript was made available by St. Louis Post Dispatch.
“Yes I’m doing this for attention, but the attention I seek is to take over the world. I’m going to start killing people until this reaches a thousand (viewers), and once it reaches a thousand, I’m going to go out in public and I’m going to kill more. We’re not going to go to any movie theaters. We’re going to go totally unarmed because we don’t want to alert the authorities into thinking we might be on an actual rampage.”
In the video, Garnier was seen sporting make-up that resembled the classic Joker look. Of course, the criminal got the attention he wanted and has since been charged with felony first-degree terrorist threats. A stunt like this further fuels the toxicity surrounding the character of Joker, who has long been an anchor of inspiration for criminals and anarchists alike.
Many feared that the release of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker would incite acts of violence and chaos though those sentiments were tamed as the film’s release progressed. Beyond that, the character of the Joker was linked to the 2012 Aurora Shooting where 12 individuals were killed during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises. At the time it was reported that the perpetrator called themselves the Joker though that was quickly disproven. Luckily, this time around, this wannabe Joker’s threats didn’t amount to anything beyond stirring the pot.
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Here is the official synopsis for Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker:
Director Todd Phillips, “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.
Directed by Todd Phillips from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver, the film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.
Joker is now available on Digital HD, Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD.
Source: St.Louis Post Dispatch