Ezra Miller, who’s set to play the lead role of Barry Alan in DC Comic’s film version of The Flash, started trending on Twitter Sunday night after a video that appeared to show him choking a fan went viral.
In the video, a person who appears to be the 27-year-old actor is approached by a female who seems to play fight with him after spotting the superhero star in a store. While the man says, “Oh, you wanna fight? That’s what you wanna do?” he grabs the female by the neck and pushes her into the back wall of a truck parked in the aisle.
The girl in the video appears to have a smile on her face while she’s being choked, which led viewers to believe her interaction with the person assumed to be The Perks of Being a Wallflower star was all in good fun. This viral clip could very well all be humorous, and it’s yet to be confirmed that it is Miller in the video.
However, when the guy in the video appears to drag the girl to the ground, the person filming says, with what sounds like a genuine concern in his voice, “Woah, bro. Bro,” before the video comes to an abrupt end.
It’s hard to say exactly what type of situation this was between the person who looks like Miller and the fan. There are only 14 seconds of video being shared online. It’s unknown whether they both burst out laughing afterward, or if the girl ran away, completely unexpecting the guy’s physical response. While the man does not body slam her to the ground, without knowing what happened next, it’s hard to make a definitive opinion on the context of the video.
There Were Strong Reactions Online To The Choking Video
Without the full context of the video, it’s impossible to know if this video is a prank or a joke taken too far. It is also not confirmed that the man in the video is Miller. While the video first popped up on Reddit Sunday morning, it’s not clear when or where the video was actually filmed, although the “Prikid” emblem on the aisle seems to point toward Reykjavik, Iceland.
For many, the actions shown on the video didn’t line up with the genre-bending Justice League actor, who instead of living in Brooklyn, New York, where he used to have a home, now owns a farm in Vermont. In an interview with GQ he explained, “I think for a lot of artists, [we’re] sensitive. Urban environments are grueling. I find the presence of cell phones bad for my mood,” he added. “I can feel cell phones when they’re around.”
For many users online, Miller, who’s originally from New Jersey and identifies as non-binary and queer, always seemed like a sensitive soul. In a 2018 interview with Playboy, he said, “Art is the only thing that I have. If I didn’t have art, I’d be so f***ing dead—so long ago, I’d be dead. I probably would have done it myself.”
In that same interview, Miller also talked about transformative justice. “The way I see it, I am you, you are me, we dwell in each other, the whole world dwells in you. And anyone can heal the whole world just with parasympathetic magic, using their own body as a cauldron—anyone could do it, just no one has yet. That’s why we’re all still here ’cause no one’s done it yet, so we’re just waiting.”
For many users online, merely watching Miller fight with a female fan, whether it was all a joke or not, made them feel uneasy and disappointed. One person tweeted, “I thought Ezra Miller was trending cause he was in lingerie again or something never in a million years for nearly CRUSHING A FANS WINDPIPE.”
Miller has amassed a large fanbase from his work in movie franchises such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and his band Sons of Illustrious Father.