Clowns Are ‘Losing Their Jobs’ Because Of The New ‘IT’ Movie
I don't know about you, but clowns have always been that weird thing that absolutely TERRIFY me. And that was before I had even heard of Stephen King's horror story 'IT'.
But it seems that favour for the typically silly characters in real life is being lost by those people out there who actually found them entertaining. And it's all thanks to the resurrection of Pennywise the clown in the 'IT's 2017 remake.
The Hollywood Reporter is claiming that there has been a rise in coulrophobia (a fear of clowns), causing a 'number of professional clowns' to lose their jobs.
Pam Moody, President of the World Clown Association has spoken about the effects of the scary movie saying,
"It all started with the original IT, that introduced the concept of his 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 has defended his storyline in a tweet earlier this year, saying that "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
We're with you there Stephen...
But this doesn't necessarily mean that we'll be seeing less clowns out and about...apparently the "clowning" epidemic that saw "killer clowns" appearing randomly in the streets scaring people is back on the rise...
So basically I won't be leaving the house until this hype dies down.
But if you feel comfortable enough, you can see the supernatural horror film 'IT', based on Stephen King's 1986 novel, in cinemas from today!
But be warned, you won't be sleeping for WEEKS afterwards!