The police in Greece raided a civilian cinema out of “concern” for minors. This was seen as ironic because at the same time, hundreds of coffee shops were open where minors inhale adult smoke – and not one bowling center in Athens, is smoke-free, where children frequent the venues.
The movie Joker is commonly believed to be controversial and fear provoking in countries where small pockets of elites call the shots. Discontent over high taxation, zero enforcement of European health regulations and high taxes in Greece is at the order of the day. It is a country where 30% of smokers hold 70% of the population captive: but even police and hospital workers smoke in the face of the public, in complete contempt of the new prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis who spoke out about the issue but failed to produce any result. Desperate former prime minister Alexis Tsipras published a picture of Michalis Chrysochoidis, the minister of civil protection, chasing Joker on Instagram.
Joker experiencing a surging popularity globally:
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is on its way to becoming the highest grossing R-rated film of all time globally, if the numbers aren’t adjusted for inflation. Deadpool, which made $783 million in 2016, currently holds the record. But as of this weekend, Joker has made just north of $737 million worldwide, and it’s still in theaters. Insert joke about laughing all the way to the bank here.
The economy is currently doing a “dead cat dance” where the population is still declining, but recent easing of capital controls and foreigners seeking a golden visa brought some temporary relief. Black money in the construction and legal sector is rife. A few phone calls to e-shops in Greece quickly revealed that transport and delivery companies like ACS help retailers to bypass taxes, by collecting cash upon parcel delivery and handing over cash to small time retailers, in exchange for a premium service fee. Non-compliance with various European directives and an unwillingness to apply first-world laws are generally the biggest factors holding the country back.