Some cinemas in the United Kingdom have banned groups of young people wearing suits from screenings of “Minions: The Rise of Gru” over “bad behavior” fueled by a viral Tiktok trend.
Videos showed large groups of teenage boys dressed up in suits going to watch the latest installment in the “Despicable Me” film franchise as part of the viral #gentleminions trend on social media platform Tiktok.
The teenagers filmed themselves copying the characteristics of the movie’s supervillain, Felonius Gru, and cheering loudly during the screening.
Some cinemas said they had to give refunds.
Mallard Cinema, the only cinema in Guerneys, canceled further screenings of the movie, citing “stunningly bad behavior”, including vandalism, throwing objects, and abusing staff.
“It’s been absolutely heartbreaking. We’ve had families who won’t even go back into the screen when we’ve tried to sort it out, families leaving before the film has even started, and of course, the children have been in tears,” Mallard Cinema Manager Daniel Phillips-Smith said, as quoted by BBC News.
The Regal Cinema in Wadebridge, Cornwall banned any unaccompanied children in suits from watching the film.
“This is due to the issues we have encountered over the last two days and its associated behavior,” the independent cinema said on social media.
Box office staff told BBC that the teenagers had been “cheering, clapping, whooping” and rising to their feet” during the screening.
Odeon cinemas also banned “any group of guests in formal attire” for screenings of the film, according to images on social media showing the warning signs posted in the cinemas.
Movie studio Universal Pictures, which produced the film, endorsed the Tiktok trend, posting on Twitter, “To everyone showing up to Minions in suits: we see you and we love you.”
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