Joker Imitator Livestreamed Threats to Murder People
By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor
Joker imitator Jeremy J. Garnier threatened via Facebook Live that he would murder people for “attention.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR):
“Yes, I’m doing this for attention, but the attention I seek is to take over the world,” he says early in the video, which was cited by St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “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.”
Police charged the 51-year-old Joker imitator with felony first-degree terrorist threats, and “Garnier was ordered to be held without bail after he was charged,” THR reports.
However, the police’s efforts aren’t without just cause.
During the recent decade, the Batman and Joker movies have caused concern for threats of intentional harm and fatalities. In 2012 in Colorado, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES viewers were shocked when a gunman opened fire killing several and maiming many more.
Warner Brothers’ JOKER movie released in 2019 and caused serious public concerns due to violence. Movieguide® previously reported:
When the shooting occurred in 2012, Warner Brothers donated $2 million to the victims’ families.
In response to the concern, “Both Warner Bros. and Cinemark decided that Joker, which follows a disturbed outsider who gets hold of a gun and causes havoc in Gotham, will not play at the Cinemark Aurora Century Theater, the site where the Dark Knight Rises shootings occurred,” Deadline reports.
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For more insight into this topic and how to stay vigilant, we recommend the following article: Does the JOKER Movie Incite Real Violence?