A bizarre TikTok trend is spreading like fire wherein teenage boys can be seen flocking to screenings of the animated sequel “Minions: The Rise of Gru” draped in formal suits. Several movie theatres do not find the humour in the latest TikTok trend and are banning young people in formal wear from watching the new movie. So what exactly is this GentleMinion TikTok trend. Read on to know more about it.
What Is GentleMinions TikTok Trend?
The movie “Minions: The Rise of Gru” has sparked a bizarre TikTok trend wherein the audience is actually showing up to watch the movie in style. Videos of young audience members going to movie theatres to watch the movie in their best suits are taking over social media across the globe.
The viral TikTok trend #GentleMinions” seems to have become a reality-based counterpart to the “Tickets to _____ please” meme (eg. Tony Soprano and his crew with the phrase “Six tickets for Barbie” superimposed on it). That meme has been in frequent use for some time but has seen renewed interest with the mountain of set photos for the Barbie movie, as well as the release of Minions 2.
to everyone showing up to @Minions in suits: we see you and we love you.
— Universal Pictures (@UniversalPics) July 1, 2022
Well, the new trend is not only about showing up to watch the movies in suits, but fans have taken it to the extreme by cheering throughout and thanking other attendees for coming to watch the movie. Well, the TikTok trend has gotten big, reason why the Universal Pictures couldn’t hold back tweeting about it. They wrote, “to everyone showing up to @Minions in suits: we see you and we love you.”
Two tickets to Minions: The Rise of Gru please pic.twitter.com/enNNDGcnXb
— Suits (@SuitsPeacock) June 29, 2022
Now if you’re wondering why these young people are doing it, the simple answer is “just for fun”! The kids are having fun the same way they have for decades, and considering how the world is falling apart, might as well go down having a blast. So why not watch this movie all suited up. Take some inspiration from Barney Stinson, eh?
Why Are Theatres Banning Formalwear For The Movie?
I read most of the comments and I’m still confused. Someone is going to have to explain the #GentleMinions trend to me in detail. Some are saying this is “1984” while others are claiming these people are throwing bananas at the screen. Universal is also promoting it. I’m so lost. https://t.co/zmNB6laRRD
— Like Sean Connery (@SeanLikeConnery) July 3, 2022
Minions: The Rise of Gru was released this month and has already grossed a total of $221.6 million against a budget of around $85 million. It is not clear how much of those numbers are because of this TikTok trend, but it’s easy to imagine that it could be bringing in a good percentage of the profit.
Could people please read 1984 before you start calling things “like 1984.”
Seriously kids turning a screening of Minions: Rise of Gru has nothing to do with 1984. I could see comparing to Brave New World a little, but certainly not 1984.
— Donald M Braden (@DonaldMBraden) July 3, 2022
Well, theatres aren’t a fan of this weird TikTok trend and do not find the humour in it. The Regal Wadebridge, a small theatre in the UK, made its feelings known in a tweet that read “Customer Notice: We are currently not admitting unaccompanied children wearing suits for ‘Minions: The Rise Of Gru’ (U) This is due to the issues we have encountered over the last two days and its associated behaviour. Thank you.” Some users are comparing this ban to George Orwell’s 1984 while others are left confused.
A few other disturbances have been reported as numerous moviegoers are throwing bananas, making loud noises and leaving an enormous mess behind. Movie show employees shared on social media that the development went too far as they needed to clear up an enormous mess left by a big crowd, in addition to listening to noise exterior the movie show.
Well, I don’t see any harm with the new trend, it’s always nice to dress in a crisp suit, but hey, if you really wish to be a “Gentleminion”, be a gentleman first and respect the theatre employees and don’t put them in a situation where they have to clean all that enormous s***.