Not to our surprise, it turns out that you have delightfully strong opinions when it comes to those Joker steps. Yesterday, we posted the tip that the movie's now-iconic staircase wasn't built for the production but is an actual Bronx location. Cue clown-tastrophe: Your responses on Facebook and Twitter were voluminous.
There were those who warned off comics nerds from traveling to a rough neighborhood (you don't know how tenacious comics nerds are). On our FB post, Lisandra Rodiguez writes, "I don't recommend anyone coming to the Bronx for this. Trust me..." And Yamilet Castillo writes, "If you wanna get robbed then sure. I grew up there all my life and if you ain't from there, don't know people from there then don't be chillin in the hood."
can't wait to see someone get buck50'd on tiktok— Young Merengue (@wtf_flex) October 17, 2019
That last tweet uses slang for a face slash—yikes. Then again, Heath Ledger would approve.
Some warned of the steepness of the stairs themselves. On our FB post, Adam De Leon comments, "I've literally fallen down these stairs before...Enough to drive anyone crazy.. trust me."
But mainly, no one wants to see gentrification arrive:
Please don’t encourage people to come to the Bronx for this Tomfoolery. Much obliged #BronxBornAndBred— J F Seary (@seary1) October 18, 2019
If you do decide to go, please remember—you are not a superhero, nor a supervillain. You are visiting a community. Be respectful. Better yet, buy something:
If you’re coming here don’t just take a picture on our steps, buy something from a local business to support the community— Geraldø (@geraldo_dlc) October 17, 2019