New York City clowns are in open protest of the hit movie “It,” as its terrifying portrayal of their profession is killing business.
The remake of Stephen King’s world-renowned horror novel has taken theaters by storm, boasting $123.4 domestically in a successful opening weekend at the box office.
The Daily Mail is reporting that professional clowns are now banding together in protest, as they’ve seen a noticeable drop off in work since the movie’s release. It’s tough to sell your propensity to make children laugh when the current most popular movie in Hollywood taps into everyone’s worst fear about you.
While only two percent of adults are classified as having Coulrophobia, the psychological term for the fear of clowns, everyone has admitted to being creeped out by the colorful mascots at some point.
Thus, clowns plan to fight back against the stigma by staging a rally outside Union Square Regal Cinema in New York City on Thursday. It may not succeed in alleviating the fear, but any press is good press.
John Nelson, a professional clown, claims that his business, Clowns in Town, has had several events canceled already this week.
He told NBC 4 New York why he is going to the rally, saying: “Our hope is to raise enough awareness so when people think of clowns they won’t think of scary murderers but people who dedicate their lives to bringing joy,” said Nelson.
The movie, which presents the metaphor for fear as a shape-shifting demon that takes the form of a terrifying clown named Pennywise, is even hurting the clown industry in Australia.
Jebly the Clown and Mr. Loopy told Australia’s “Sunrise” that children who once liked them are now running away.
“I tried to go up to them and give them a high-five and say hello and they [ran] away,” Mr. Loopy said Thursday morning.
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