Except you’ve been residing underneath a rock, you’re conscious that there’s been a variety of controversy surrounding the Joaquin Phoenix-led Joker, but it surely hasn’t simply concerned the content material of the film itself. One of many largest examples of the ‘mayhem’ at varied theaters have been pretend indicators posted informing patrons that singles, particularly single males, wouldn’t be allowed inside Joker screenings. One of many pranksters behind this ruse has now been banned from all AMC theaters for all times as punishment.

Backing up just a little, on October 3, a Twitter person known as @jinpayn posted a photograph on the social media platform of a flyer at an AMC theater in Orange, California claiming {that a} ‘no singles coverage’ was being enforced for the Joker screenings. Because it seems, this particular person, who solely recognized himself as Payne when talking to The Hollywood Reporter, was the one who put up that flyer, intending for it to be a joke referencing an outdated 4chan meme.

Payne’s Twitter submit began making the rounds, resulting in somebody named ‘Elizabeth’ from AMC Visitor Companies to set the report straight and inform those that this coverage didn’t exist, and that the flyers had been eliminated by theater staff. However that didn’t cease Payne from nonetheless pretending like this was an actual factor with involved Twitter customers.

Then on Monday, Payne posted a letter he obtained from AMC’s vp of safety, informing him that he’d been noticed posting the flyer and that if he returned to any AMC areas, he’d be thought-about a “trespasser” and “the involvement of legislation enforcement and arrest might consequence.” When requested by THR if it was price pulling off this Joker gag for the “lulz,” Payne responded:

I suppose this man should patronize Regal Cinemas or one other theater chain to any extent further, as AMC has made it fairly clear they don’t need him round after he pulled that prank. Sarcastically, one of many different ‘no singles’ indicators regarding Joker from over the weekend got here from comedians Nick Ciarelli and Brad Evans, who posted their’s after believing the signal Payne took an image of was actual.

As for Joker itself, the film’s obtained a variety of constructive reception total, rating at 69% amongst critics and 90% amongst audiences on Rotten Tomatoes, and scoring a B+ on CinemaScore. It’s been a good larger industrial hit, taking in $272 million worldwide to this point. You possibly can make sure that we’ll preserve you up to date on every other main shenanigans that unfold at theaters exhibiting Joker.