(Tea Party 247) – According to a joint FBI and Department of Homeland Security bulletin issued recently, federal law enforcement agencies are monitoring social media posts about the recent Hollywood release, Joker.
Their motive? They’re searching for threatening comments.
The film has been catching quite a lot of attention from commentators for months, as many suggest that the film could provoke mentally ill individuals to carry out acts of violence. Fans, on the other hand, say that the violence in the film is intended to make a statement about the damage child abuse or mistreatment of the mentally ill can inflict.
The film has enjoyed a very successful opening weekend, breaking several box office records with a $93.5 million opening weekend.
You may be wondering why Joker is getting special attention while so many violent movies go in and out of theatres with little concern of the psychological impact they may have.
However, considering there was a mass shooting that took place during a viewing of the Batman film in 2012 by an individual dressed as the Joker and our nation is currently gripped in a seemingly endless battle over gun control could have something to do with why there is particular concern over this film.
Many theatres around the country went as far as to ban masks or cosplay costumes for opening weekend.
Fortunately, there was no violence on opening weekend with only a minor incident in New York where a drunk man was booted from the theatre after loudly clapping and cheering during the film’s murder scenes, which is disturbing.
“About halfway through when Joker started killing people and monologuing about how society is evil he started clapping really loudly and incessantly for a good minute. People started yelling for him to shut up, but he kept clapping and cheering like mad,” one witness, told reporters according to John Vibes.
This caused some moviegoers to rush for the exits out of fear, and he reportedly yelled at and spit at them as they left. This demonstrates that, with the past history of the Joker character’s influence on mass acts of violence in movie theatres, the audience was clearly on edge.
One has to wonder why any Hollywood studio felt it at all tasteful to produce such a movie.
In a statement from the FBI, obtained by The Hill, they said:
While our standard practice is to not comment on specific intelligence products, the FBI is in touch with our law enforcement and private sector partners about the online posts. As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activity to law enforcement.
Disturbingly, the FBI also claims that they have been receiving anonymous tips about “unspecific mass shootings” related to the film since May.
“Credible sources indicate a known extremist group may be behind the threat,” a spokesperson from the FBI spokesperson, adding that, “no specific threat is identified.”
Also, the New York Police Department has reportedly stationed undercover police officers in screenings of the film, as have other jurisdictions.