After ‘Joker’ had its release in cinemas, a particular flight of stairs in the Bronx borough of New York City has become overwhelmed with influencers and Instagram fame goblins trying to snap the exact same poses as Joaquin Phoenix in a single scene of the film. They’re called the ‘Joker Stairs’ now, and apparently come up on Google as a “religious destination”.
I regret to inform you that the influencers are at it again.
‘Step Street’ in the Highbridge area of South Bronx is being swarmed by insta nerds who want to recreate the film’s poster, trailer, and huge scene, where Phoenix’s Joker is dancing down the stairs to a tune produced by an awful man who I refuse to name.
Looks something a little like this:
Anyway because absolutely nothing is good and sacred anymore, the stairs are being inundated by folks yearning to get The Perfect Shot™, which is drawing the ire and mild owning of the Bronx locals.
The pics, they look a little something like this:
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Met a fellow cosplayer today at the Joker steps in the Bronx. @sakina.frisbee She’s doing a great job as Joker! I love meeting people on my travels who share the same love for cosplay as I do! . . . #joker #villain #jokercosplay #jokercosplayer #bronx #jokersteps #joaquinphoenix #cosplay #cosplaygirl #kawaii #nerd #waifu #losangeles #cosplayer #nyc #dccomics #cosplayphotography #cosplayofinstagram #cosplaymodel #cosplayfun #nyccosplay #nyccosplayers
????I used to think my life was a tragedy, but now I realize, it’s a comedy ???? I whipped up a female Joker in about 2 days just so I could shoot on the iconic stairs! ????❤️ This amazing set will be going live soon— Veronica Rae (@VeronicaRaex) October 15, 2019
Photos by @rongejon #Jokerstairs #Joker #jokermovie pic.twitter.com/qWY6h2AF44
Locals are retaliating by reminding folks that are deadset on wanting to visit the Joker stairs to see the filming location that the South Bronx area can get really bloody rough, and that robberies are pretty common in the area. But like, anything for the ‘gram, right?
If y’all keep going to “the joker stairs” y’all gonna end up getting robbed and ya ass beat and really look like a clown, watch. pic.twitter.com/qMG9vhatGJ— The Lord ???? (@KalelFelder) October 18, 2019
Why are they promoting the stairs on West 167th in the Bronx as a tourist location? Just because the Joker danced down them in a movie?! White folks, that's a sure fire way to get robbed at gunpoint! Those stairs are legendary… For criminal activity. ????????????— Ashley Banks hit single (@IamLeoBitches) October 20, 2019
this isn’t even a joke but seriously don’t visit “Joker Stairs” you will get robbed or someone will throw garbage on you LMAO— Z ???? (@chrysanthemums_) October 15, 2019
I guess if you’re really keen on going to the Highbridge neighbourhood to risk life and limb for content, at least recreate the right falling-adjacent content.
Going to the Joker stairs in the Bronx so I can do the Hot Rod fall routine from the top— Ipod ₂₀₀₁ (@alexqarbuckle) October 18, 2019