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Joaquin Phoenix’s heckler brawl

The significance of the actor-turned-rapper's fight with an audience member

“Joaquin Phoenix has added another chapter to his wacky post-acting saga,” said Breaanne L. Heldman in E! Online. During his performance late Wednesday night at a club in Miami’s Fontainebleau Hotel, the aspiring rapper jumped offstage and “got into quite a scuffle” with a heckler (watch the video). “Still no word as to whether or not Phoenix's antics are art or reality.”

This is either “an obvious put-on for Casey Affleck's documentary about the downward spiral of a fake rap star,” said Amelie Gillette in The Onion’s A.V. Club, or “Affleck is a callous, cold-hearted person who is making a documentary about Joaquin Phoenix's actual downward spiral” instead of getting him help. But either way, “it's kind of tedious at this point.”

Yes, said Gawker, “the never-ending parade of miseries that is Joaquin Phoenix's is-he-or-isn't-he trip from retiring actor to budding rapper rumbles on.” But “even if it's a tiresome, indulgent meta-joke, we're all at fault for perpetuating what has become an all too real and sad personal history.”

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