Bronx Residents Clap Back At ‘Joker’ Fans Who Flock To Stairs For The ‘Gram
By Yimin Huang, 24 Oct 2019
Due to the immense success of the recent Joker film, many fans are rushing to the stairs where the Joker danced in a pivotal part of the film to pose and take pictures.
However, residents in the Bronx, New York, the neighborhood where the scene is shot, are not amused.
As an increasing number of influencers come by to take pictures at the now-iconic stairs, some residents are posting angry tweets about them. One user went so far as to call them “parasites” that will get the area “gentrified” and cause more “marginalized” groups to be “displaced.”
Another resident wrote a lengthy post on Instagram, also labeling the tourists fans as “parasites” and criticizing them for not giving back a “single dollar” to the community they have all been “exploiting.”
He saw the influencers as precisely the “entitled brats” whom the film’s protagonist has “rebelled against.” He also saw the rebranding of a poor neighborhood as “more marketable” for the affluent as an irresponsible act.
Photographs published by Gothamist show that there are even posters likely put up by residents that warn tourists it is “disrespectful” to treat the neighborhood as a “photo opportunity.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who lived in the Bronx as a child, said in an exclusive interview with TMZ that tourism is fine as long as influencers do not act like they “own” the place.
Meanwhile, other Bronx residents saw the situation as more funny than offensive, and poked fun at it in tweets about the area’s security problems.
y’all are FUCKING parasites y’all really trying to rename the stairs and make it a tourist spot just for ANOTHER area to be destroyed by new age colonization this spot WILL get gentrified and more marginalized people will be displaced fuck the joker and especially fuck joker fans pic.twitter.com/sqw8VotLKp— maria thot🔪 (@spideyheaux) October 22, 2019
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Y’all show up here in groups, block the stairs for those who actually need to use them for hours on end, dancing and making complete fools of yourselves without ever considering the inconvenience you’re causing locals. All for the sake of praising a film who’s protagonist, in part, rebelled against people exactly like you. Entitled brats who think they can just go anywhere and do whatever they want without suffering any consequences. My hood isn’t your insta-moment. My hood is no place for clown make up and selfie sticks. Renaming an area I avoided virtually my entire childhood “Joker Stairs” on Google maps is offensive. Constantly trying to claim and re-brand marginalized neighborhoods to make them more marketable for the wealthy is dangerous and irresponsible. I stood there and watched y’all for almost an hour and not one of you stepped foot in the bodega across the street to contribute a single dollar back into the community you’re all exploiting for likes. I loved the movie, but this is ridiculous. If it were the other way around, police would get called immediately and I’d be arrested for trespassing. But somehow we have to let y’all treat our block like it’s Comic Con. That’s bullshit. #YourTourismIsToxic and in poor taste. Stay the fuck out.
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They tryna say 167th stairs is a tourist attraction because of the Joker being filmed there and I am fuckin dead 😭😂😭— Namaste ♥♡ (@_BeautifulAmazn) October 17, 2019
Them stairs ain’t nothing but an asthma attack and a swift robbery set up... But you know ... Welcome to The South Bronx 😭😂
legally as a bronx resident you're allowed and encouraged to tax anyone visiting the joker stairs— Desus Nice (@desusnice) October 17, 2019
Please make sure you’re carrying cash. Everything around that area is cash only so make sure you have a lot of cash. And don’t be worried about the locals around the area they’re nice individuals https://t.co/hDmAs6iq2u— Serg (@BornHooligan_) October 18, 2019
[via Insider, cover image via Warner Bros. Pictures]
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