“Joker” Viewer Spooks Audience By Clapping & Screaming During Film

Patrons at a movie theater in Time Square had a strange experience watching “Joker” this weekend.

BYCole Blake
“Joker” Viewer Spooks Audience By Clapping & Screaming During Film

With the built-up drama induced by excessive media coverage, movie-goers who saw Joker opening weekend were slightly on edge with regard to their safety. Add in a drunk fan who was reportedly cheering and clapping during Arthur’s most gruesome kills, and many ended up fleeing the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square. 

Nathanael Hood, who was in the theater, told ABC News, “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.”

"This was most likely a harmless drunk guy, but all the nervousness built around the film made what happened (Friday) night really unsettling," Etai Benson, another moviegoer, said. Benson sat next to the man and claims to have seen him pour a full bottle of alcohol into his drink at the start of the movie.

Other viewers yelled at the man and told him to “shut up,” but nothing worked. As some patrons left the theater, the man spat on them as they walked by, according to Hood. 

According to ABC News, a spokesman for AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. did not reply for comment. Read the full report over at ABC News.

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Cole Blake is currently an Editor at HotNewHipHop based out of Brooklyn, New York. He began working at the site as an intern back in 2018 while studying journalism at St. John’s University. In the time since, he’s graduated with a bachelor's degree and written extensively about a wide range of topics including pop culture, film & television, politics, video games, sports, and much more. He’s also covered music festivals such as Gov. Ball and Rolling Loud. You can find him publishing work for HNHH from Monday to Wednesday or on weekends. On the sports front, Cole’s a passionate NBA and NFL fan with his favorite teams being the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Lakers. He also roots for the Yankees whenever he finds himself at Yankee Stadium or the Red Storm when in the company of other SJU alumni. His favorite hip-hop artists are billy woods, Earl Sweatshirt, Cam’ron, MIKE, and Mach-Hommy.