This Friday, March 3, several videos of fights in French multiplexes have gone viral. Each time, the session concerns the screening of the American film Creed III by Michael B. Jordan. In the one filmed at Pathé Quai d’Ivry (94) in eastern Paris, chaos is total. In the middle of a row, a fight breaks out between a spectator and a guard recognizable by his orange armband. As in a concert, the phones are brandished by the other spectators to film the scene in order to post it on social networks.
In a second video shot in an unidentified room, another incident spoiled the screening. The light in the room is on. We see a member of staff trying to resolve an altercation while a young woman is annoyed: « There are children downstairs! »
These images have led to a host of comments from Internet users who are offended by these incivilities. “Better to avoid the Pathé d’Ivry after 8 p.m.,” judges a regular. Alongside the outrage, many of the comments are overtly racist.
This kind of incivility has always existed, fortunately very rarely, explains Marc Olivier Sebbag, general delegate of the National Federation of Cinemas (FNCF). It is limited to one type of film, horror, action…
We see the same excesses in countries other than France.
We must be wary of social networks which amplify very very specific incidents. No increase in incivility is observed. In recent months, three films have unleashed passions.