Clowns are apparently losing out on work because of Stephen King’s evil clown, Pennywise, and his new horror flick IT.
The Hollywood Reporter wrote a ‘number of professional clowns’ are losing gigs because of coulrophobia – a fear of clowns.
Pam Moody, President of the World Clown Association, said the ‘recent spate of coulrophobia’ – and last year’s random series of ‘evil clown’ pranks – is because of King’s clown creation.
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It all started with the original IT, that introduced the concept of this character. It’s a science-fiction character. It’s not a clown and has nothing to do with pro clowning.
People had school shows and library shows that were cancelled. That’s very unfortunate.
The very public we’re trying to deliver positive and important messages to aren’t getting them.
Stephen King sent out a tweet earlier in the year saying ‘kids have always been scared of clowns’.
The clowns are pissed at me. Sorry, most are great. BUT…kids have always been scared of clowns. Don't kill the messengers for the message.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 10, 2017
And he also told press the other week he reckons the new movie is really good, which he never does, so there’s that.
Apparently, that whole thing where people dress up as ‘killer clowns’ and hang around the streets scaring people, is making a comeback – and police have issued a warning saying they are anticipating sightings over the next few months.
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Advice from police in the UK about what to do if you encounter a clown is to remain calm and call the authorities.
Speaking last year, assistant chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, Catherine Hankinson said:
The safety of people is our utmost priority – we want people to feel safe going about their daily lives.
It’s important to stress that no one has been physically harmed and I want to reassure people that we take reports of this nature extremely seriously.
Oh good. Great.