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Fire alarm, throwing popcorn, spectators undressing in front of the screen: previews of One Piece Red degenerate completely in France

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Serious consideration should be given to awarding a medal of courage to theater owners. Already little helped in their fight against the predominance of streaming platforms by the most insipid summer programming, they must more and more often face spectators ready to do anything to be able to feed their account on social networks.

In early July, some Minions fans had set the tone. As a gang, in their Sunday best, they stormed the screenings of Minions 2: Once Upon a Time Gru, just to make the show loudly in the room, to throw popcorns and to argue with the ushers and to make many children cry. All filmed, of course, in order to be able to feed social networks. The managers of the multiplexes had to reimburse many seats to furious neutral spectators, while others had simply chosen to remove the film from the poster.

A sad phenomenon that could well be repeated this Wednesday, with the release of the adaptation of one of the most popular manga in the world, One Piece Red. The previews in France indeed let fear the worst. In Marseille, totally out of control (?) “fans” started out making noise and whistling, throwing food and drink at the other rows before rushing onto the stage and starting to take off their clothes in front the screen while jumping as if Olympique de Marseille had just won the Champions League. Lack of luck for the true fans who came to watch a film: it happened during a key scene. Many have not hesitated to proclaim their indignation on social networks, where the “exploits” of spoilsports are spread.

In Bordeaux, it was hardly more brilliant, since some dissatisfied with the spectacle found nothing better to do than trigger the fire alarm. As a precaution, all the electricity had to be cut off before it could be restarted. A real disaster for the managers of the cinema, brought to reimburse the spectators of all the sessions since all the films have been interrupted.

Out with us this Wednesday

Of course, nothing says that these overflows will happen again with us this Wednesday. But they might just cause some manga fans to err on the side of caution and stay home. Which would once again be dramatic for cinemas, which relied heavily on this feature film to attract large crowds: in Japan, One Piece Red had the second-best start of all time, behind Demon Slayerwith $16.63 million in revenue in just two days.

The excesses in France, widely relayed on social networks, constitute very bad counter-publicity for the film.