In case you were unaware, actual clowns are upset with Andy Muschietti’s recent movie adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘IT’.
It prompted Pam Moody, President of the World Clown Association, to release a statement on the matter:
“People had school shows and library shows that were canceled. That’s very unfortunate. The very public we’re trying to deliver positive and important messages to aren’t getting them.”
She then went on to speak about how clowns are different from regular people:
“They’re different from regular people — they’re costumed characters. But no one is picking on the Santa Clauses, because that would ruin the retail business. It would ruin Christmas for everybody.”
In a recent interview with TMZ, Muschietti responded by saying:
“Tell me about it. Yeah, I have a clown that is harassing me–eh, not harassing me. Look, to be fair, he’s a good guy, but he’s been asking me, ‘Why would I do this?’ I was very polite and said like, ‘Well, kids are scared of clowns.’ I think if anything, clowns are benefiting from the publicity. Clown fear is coming back, but you know there’s scary clowns and there’s nice clowns. So they should think about what kind of clown they should be, right? I mean, if they scare kids they scare kids because they are scary.”
In terms of people going and seeing the movie, that doesn’t appear likely to slow down any time soon, as IT just surpassed The Exorcist as the biggest R-Rated horror film ever.