New York City, NY - Protesters gathered outside of the Bronx County Hall of Justice in anticipation of filming for the upcoming movie "Joker." Unlike expected protests over the Trump case, these demonstrations were in response to concerns about how the film portrays mental illness.
Crews working on the film have been preparing for possible disruptions due to real-life protests. However, Monday's demonstrations did not involve any direct interference with filming.
The protesters were concerned that the film could perpetuate harmful stereotypes and stigmatize those living with mental illnesses. The character of Joker has been portrayed as a villain with a history of mental health issues.
One protester, who wished to remain anonymous, spoke about their concerns regarding representation in media: "We're tired of seeing people like us being portrayed as monsters or dangerous individuals. It's time for Hollywood to start showing more accurate depictions."
Despite prior reports indicating possible disruptions due to protests related to President Trump's ongoing legal battles, it appears that this particular demonstration was unrelated.
The producers behind "Joker" have yet to comment on the situation. However, they previously released a statement defending their portrayal of the character and acknowledging that mental illness is an important issue that should be taken seriously.
As production continues on "Joker," it remains unclear if additional protests will occur or if they will impact filming in any way.