Real clowns are sick and tired of creepy clowns stealing all their publicity and ruining the squeaky clean image that is supposed to go along with the clowning profession — and at least one group has now declared that “Clown Lives Matter.”
Next week, clowns in Tuscon, Ariz., will march en masse down Tuscon’s 4th avenue in protests of the anti-clown sentiment that’s sweeping the nation.
The parade is expected to draw more than 100 clowns, and is being billed as the first ever official “Clown Lives Matter” protest. Attendees are being asked to show up for the event in full clown makeup and a professional costume, if possible.
Organizers say the rash of clown sightings, which has shut down schools and led to at least ten arrests, is having a negative impact on how the public view clowns, and the madness has to stop.
“[T]his is a peaceful way to show clowns are not psycho killers,” the official flier proclaimed. “We want the public to feel safe, and not be afraid. So come out, bring the family, meet a clown and get a hug!”
The “creepy clown” phenomenon that has been sweeping the nation over the last several weeks has had a dramatic impact on clown businesses. Pennsylvania’s Snuggles the Clown, for example, is having a hard time convincing children that he isn’t out to harm them — and it’s impacting his bottom line.
“Everyone took this as a joke but it’s really become serious now, and I just want all these teenagers to know that it’s not a game anymore,” Snuggles told a local Fox affiliate. “You’re ruining my job and other actors around the world.”
Clowns across the country echo Snuggles’s sentiments. Fortunately for the clowns, law enforcement seems to have their polka-dotted backs. Police departments agree that clowns are in danger and have begun sending strong messages that amateur clowning won’t be tolerated.