Minion fans were racing to the cinemas to view the anticipated film, Minions: The Rise of Gru, since it has been over five years since the franchise’s last installment, Despicable Me 3.
Emotions were running high and the rambunctious behavior exhibited by the fans was unacceptable to the theatre staff members. Teenagers in suits who were following the #gentleminions trend have been banned from the cinemas after they were caught throwing objects and disrupting other people with their loud noise.
There was a TikTok viral video featuring the young people gathering in large crowds and cheering loudly during the screening.
Universal Studios appreciated the loyal fan following by tweeting, “to everyone showing up to @Minions in suits: we see you and we love you”.
Cinema management could not say the same as they had to cancel and refund future screenings due to vandalism and verbal harassment towards the staff members.
Daniel Phillips-Smith, Mallard Cinema manager, said: “It’s been absolutely heartbreaking. We’ve had families who won’t even go back into the screen when we’ve tried to sort it out, families leaving before the film has even started, and of course the children have been in tears.”
Suits will need to stay in the closet if people wish to catch a later show. Many Odeon cinemas had cautionary signs that read: “Due to recent disturbances following the #GentleMinions trend, any group of guests in formal attire will be refused entry for showings of Minions: The Rise of Gru.”
Although some teens were ill-mannered, not all of them are to be blamed. Stace Woods, a teaching assistant who also attended a show, witnessed a group in suits who were fun and well-behaved. She said they considerately stopped bowing down to a giant poster of Gru to allow her children to take their photos.
Moving forward, casual shorts and a t-shirt should suffice in the theatres. The uncomfortable suits can be reserved for more formal weddings.