Jared Leto’s “F**k ‘Em!” Incident Taken Out of Context


Comic book news outlets and some fans were having a field day yesterday falsely reporting a quote from Jared Leto during a Q&A at Camp Mars, in relations to his role as The Joker in Suicide Squad.

What originally happened was a video that was taken during the event and a Tumblr post with an impression by the fan who took the Snapchat video, was twisted into something out of context of what was really said.

According to the false reports, Leto stated during the speaking engagement while talking about Suicide Squad, that he felt tricked with his role in the film, even though the source didn’t actually post a direct quote from him, they just shared their thought as to what they felt towards what he was saying at the Q&A, it was their own words, never Jared’s.

Since the report, the fan has since deleted their original post on Tumblr and went on to writer another post debunking the falsely reported by the media, while emphasizing that the “Fuck em’!” comment was made towards a contract telling Leto, he couldn’t rock climb while filming the movie and that it wasn’t directed towards anything else.

They then went on to say that he actually said during the Q&A Leto had a lot fun creating The Joker and needs more of the character.

Their full responses to the media is below (Source: la-leto.tumblr):

1) I think it’s highly problematic a media outlet such way Batman-News.com is sourcing someone’s impressions posted on a tumblr account as some sort of fact – when no direct quotes from Jared were ever posted.

2) The 9 second “fuck em” snapchat video had been posted identifying that that was Jared’s response to his contract asking he not rock climb while filming. That was all it was in regards to. If a media outlet wants to take it out of context to get people to click on an article that has no direct basis beyond someone’s impressions – that’s on them.

3) It’s no secret Jared feels disappointed in what ended up being the theatrical release of Suicide Squad. He’s discussed this repeatedly in interviews during the promotional tour in London. This is the same sentiment he shared in moments during Camp Mars – however he did say he had a lot of fun creating the joker and needs more joker as well.

4) I never meant or wanted my impressions over hearing Jared’s disappointments in the Suicide Squad editing to be taken out of context. It was interesting to hear him be so honest and open and while I captured 16 seconds of that particular moment on snapchat and shared it – there were dozens of people in that room videotaping minutes and possibly the entire event – as a request had never been made to not record it.

If that request had been made – I never would’ve recorded a second of it. I personally just really loved his vibe in that second, being about following his passions no matter what, that I wanted to share it.

The fact this has happened has made me very apprehensive over sharing any additional impressions or thoughts on Camp Mars. Which is unfortunate because it was a very entertaining weekend, Jared was lovely & lively, and I wanted to discuss so much.

Since the reporting, another attendees of the Q&A debunked the false reports of what was said:

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