Military Warns Service Members About Potential Threats at 'Joker' Screenings

An Army spokesperson said the military isn't aware of specific attack plots, but the warning is based off of online activity related to "incels."


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The U.S. government has urged service members to take extra precaution at screenings of Todd Phillips' Joker

According to a Sept. 18 email obtained by Gizmodo, the warning stems from an FBI bulletin about recent online activity involving "incel" extremists who "idolize the Joker character." The email echoed concerns about potential violence inspired by the deadly 2012 Aurora theater shooting, which occurred during a screening of the Dark Knight Rises.

"Posts on social media have made reference to involuntary celibate ('incel') extremists replicating the 2012 theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, at screenings of the Joker movie at nationwide theaters," the email read. "... When entering theaters, identify two escape routes, remain aware of your surroundings, and remember the phrase 'run, hide, fight.' Run if you can. If you’re stuck, hide (also referred to as 'sheltering in place'), and stay quiet. If a shooter finds you, fight with whatever you can."

A spokesperson for the U.S. Army told Gizmodo that the email was sent as a precautionary measure, and that officials were not aware of any specific attack plots.

"We do this routinely because the safety and security of our workforce is paramount," the representative told the outlet. "We want our workforce to be prepared and diligent on personal safety both inside the workplace and out."

You can read the military email below. Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, will hit U.S. theaters on Oct. 4


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