The new Joker film has been met with universal acclaim and box office records to match, but its greatest claim to fame is probably making a special street in the Bronx a new tourist attraction following a pivotal scene from the film going all the way viral.
Behold the #JokerStairs challenge:
🃏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
Photos by @rongejon #Jokerstairs #Joker #jokermovie pic.twitter.com/qWY6h2AF44
— Veronica Rae (@VeronicaRaex) October 15, 2019
Fans of the film are making a trek all the way to West 167th Street between Shakespeare and Anderson Ave in the BX to take pics on the now-infamous “Joker stairs” to recreate Joaquin Phoenix’s maniacal dance as he officially transforms into the titular live-action villain.
Many have been going all out like the award-worthy one seen above, but some are casually just taking IG flicks on the steps. Here’s a good one:
— Michael Dorgan (@M_Dorgan) October 19, 2019
…and even the animals are getting in on the fun:
— BlueEyesWhiteIncel (@Grammofono6) October 22, 2019
Of course, many are making their own fun out of the whole craze, particularly natives of the area who think it’s funny to see “out-of-town” visitors in a predominately inner-city neighborhood that could get rough past sunset. Just saying.
The homie Desus, a Bronx native himself, had a pretty hilarious point to add as well:
legally as a bronx resident you're allowed and encouraged to tax anyone visiting the joker stairs
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) October 17, 2019
For those looking to take a trip to the Bronx for a shot of cinematic history, “Joker Stairs” has become an official Google Maps location. Happy trails! Be safe out here, b…