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Cinemas ban teens in suits after TikTok trend

A TikTok trend in which people disrupt the screening of the latest Minions movie has resulted in people in suits being banned from UK screenings.

July 5, 2022
By Lottie Kilraine
5 July 2022

Some UK cinemas have banned groups of young people wearing suits during screenings of the latest Minions movie.

The decision comes after some young moviegoers were criticised for rowdy behaviour following a viral trend which erupted on the social media app TikTok.

The trend involves large groups of teenage boys, who call themselves The Gentleminions, filming themselves going to watch the latest instalment in the Despicable Me franchise dressed in suits.

Despicable Me star Steve Carell and two Minion characters. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

It it not clear where the trend originated but the #gentleminions videos show suited groups attending the screenings and copying the main character, supervillain Felonius Gru, and his signature hand gesture.

In the videos, which have racked up millions of views on the app, some people can even be seen taking bananas to snack on during the screenings, referencing the favourite food of Gru’s yellow helpers, called Minions.

Some of the videos show those taking part cheering and clapping loudly and being disruptive during screenings, leading to some UK cinemas to enforce dress code restrictions.

A spokesperson for Odeon cinemas said: “Due to a small number of incidents in our cinemas over the weekend we have had to restrict access in some circumstances.”

Movie studio Universal Pictures, which produced the film, has endorsed the #gentleminions trend, tweeting “to everyone showing up to @Minions in suits: we see you and we love you”.

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