Blimey, "lazy" is a tad generous! "It" isn't being released until next September, so New Line would be shooting their bolt a bit early. New Line and Stephen King have said no, this ain't our doing, mister. The other film that got caught up in the craze is Rob Zombie's "31", which was released a few weeks back, so clearly not really anything to do with that.
I do agree that it is a phenomenon that has been given life and longevity by social media, which is now feeding upon itself in the classic tradition of any craze or hysterical event. The use of the clown is both interesting and banal; clowns are weird; they are strange, odd, and other. They are also somewhat sad and tragic. They are the fool, the Joker, the Trickster. Pulcinella, Pierrot, Harlequin, Punch himself, clown blanc, Grimaldi, Dan Leno, Charles Chaplin, Norman Wisdom. They exist for a specific reason; to point out the foolishness of the ruling classes or the generally accepted mores. They are vital and valuable, and this feeble craze undermines their power (if you overthink it!)
Clowns were scary before Stephen King invented Pennywise, they are the embodiment of pandemonium; laws and rules do not apply to clowns, and clowns, though visible are invisible because of the mask, whether that be a scary rubber mask from a joke shop or the mask that a real clown wears to express his clown persona, his other being. Clowns point out the absurdity of life. But taken to extreme, to the point of hysteria, the essence of the clown is lost and you are left with silly people being stupid. Or stupid people being silly.
In this instance, I'm going to say that the "killer" clowns are pathetic, but not in the way some of their ancestors were, and they only exist because social media, and the media in general, enables their existence and spread. I rest assured that real clowns will overcome this ridiculous affront to their art, and that clowning will carry on its disturbing, peculiar, and valuable vocation beyond the whims of some bored and suggestible fools. And as for the "real" killer clowns, put your giant red feet up and have a cup of cocoa whilst waiting for things to get back to normal. Patience!
‘Killer clown’ stabbed by terrifed friend in Berlin
The 'killer clown' involves pranksters dressing up as clowns and frightening passersby. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Police said a 14-year-old in the group responded by pulling a knife and stabbing the clown, only to find that the person behind the mask was a 16-year-old acquaintance.
He rendered first aid until emergency services could arrive.
Clowns like these have allegedly been spotted across the UK
An Arbroath woman claims she saw a “clown with a knife” sitting in the middle of an unlit path in the dark.
Rachael Crighton spotted the figure as she was about to walk down the path which connects Camus Road and St Abb’s Road in the Hayshead area of the town on Monday night.
The terrified 18-year-old said she ran away as the clown started to stand up.
Rachael said she had previously been informed by a friend of a similar but separate incident at the site.
The sighting comes as the craze for people dressing as “killer clowns” to scare people in the run-up to Halloween continues. Police would not say if there had been any Arbroath sightings.
Rachael said: “It’s a path that’s between houses and it doesn’t have any lights. I was just coming home from my mum’s house on Monday at about 8pm and I shone my torch down the path and I just saw it sitting there.
“It was wearing a white mask with scary teeth and a red wig. I saw it starting to stand up and I just ran and went another way.
“It’s a little bit unsettling. I was only a few metres away but wasn’t close enough to see if it was a real knife or a toy knife. I ran out of there.”
The great clown panic of 2016: ‘a volatile mix of fear and contagion’
A magic combination of childhood fears, social media and psychology has powered the spread of clown ‘sightings’ around the world. But will Halloween mark ‘peak clown’? And what should you do if you are confronted by one?
Clowns to the left of me ... strong feelings from our childhoods are contributing to the phenomenon’s endurance. Photograph: Juan Carlos Cardenas/EPA Steven Poole
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It began in the UK on Friday 30 September. Police in Newcastle received reports of someone dressed as a “creepy clown” leaping out of bushes to scare children. Over the next few days, half a dozen such clown incidents were recorded. A teenage clown was arrested in possession of a “bladed article”. On 5 October, the tabloids announced that a “terrifying clown craze” had hit these shores. And so it began to spread.
The first named victim was 17-year-old student Megan Bell, who has a “lifelong fear of clowns” and was chased down the street by one at night. Soon, more clowns began to pop up: in Wales, Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool. Then just about everywhere. Concerned parents made Facebook pages about clowns, thus inadvertently helping to spread the meme. The Metropolitan police advised schoolchildren to call 999 if they saw a “killer clown”. Some observers spoke knowingly of a classic “social panic”, since only a very few of the clown incidents involved actual physical assaults. But being chased down the street at night by a clown, or anyone else, is frightening enough for adults and children alike. As Met commander Julian Bennett pointed out: “Antisocial behaviour can leave people feeling scared, anxious and intimidated, and I would urge those who are causing fear and alarm to carefully consider the impact their actions have on others.” These stories were surreal news fodder, but not, when you thought about them, actually funny. But why clowns? And why now?
Shades of The Day the Clown Cried - the last clown in Aleppo dies:
Happy children dance with a rosy-cheeked clown in a floppy birthday cake hat and oversized orange tie, their Eid celebrations a rare moment of joy amid the horrors of life under siege in Syria.
Footage of the July 2015 party, shot by activist group Aleppo Media Center, shows a costumed and face-painted Anas al-Basha at the center of the festivities, bouncing a smiling girl on his hip as music plays and youngsters clap along with the tune.
Clown and entertainer Al-Basha, 24, was killed Tuesday in a missile strike in the Mashhad neighborhood of the city's rebel-held east, his brother Mahmoud Al-Basha told CNN
"He wanted to stay to continue his work, to help the children and orphans in Aleppo," Mahmoud told CNN in a phone interview. "This year they started to create schools underground, they would do activities for the children in basements and safe spaces. Before they used to go to gardens and be in the streets."
UNICEF estimates that some 100,000 children are living under siege in eastern Aleppo alone. According to the intergovernmental organization, volunteers in besieged areas have built underground play areas and schools for children hoping to continue playing and learning amid airstrikes.
Mixed fortunes in the world of clowning
By Kait Bolongaro Business reporter, Hong Kong
Dressed in a patchwork of bright colours, Ken Ken the Clown fashions a flower out of yellow and pink balloons, and smiles widely.
One of the first professional clowns in Hong Kong, the 35-year-old says that for the past 15 years he has been pursuing what he calls a "positive" career that "makes people happy".
Often fully booked, Ken Ken can earn as much as HK$550,000 ($71,000; £57,000) per year. And such is the continuing popularity of hiring a clown in Hong Kong for kids' parties that he is far from alone.
While he cut a lone figure back in 2001, Ken Ken says that today there are as many as 50 other professional clowns in the special administrative region, and that the number is rising fast.
In fact, such is the current demand for clowns in Hong Kong that employment agencies are organising classes to train up people.
One such agency is Grace Training and Development Centre. Enya Hui, one of its employment officers, says that clowning is now a "viable career path".
The current popularity of clowns in Hong Kong is in marked contrast to the woes faced by the entertainers in the US and Europe, who this year have had to endure the so-called "creepy clown craze".
This unlikely phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic saw people dressing up as scary clowns to terrify children and adults alike. It led to some schools going as far as even banning children from talking about the craze. ...
The movie “It” isn’t out until September, but motorists in California may have thought they were getting a preview when they spotted a creepy clown standing along Highway 101, wielding a bloody machete.
Indiegogo is being utilised by a bunch of film makers to fund the documentary story of Stephen King's IT ... they have pedigree in previous similar projects, this look like it could be very good indeed ..
If you’ve ever wanted to never sleep again, have we got the place for you! The Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada, is open for visitors looking for a thrill (or for people who just really like clowns? Do they exist?).
If the sight of an illuminated juggling clown welcoming you to the hotel promising “clean rooms” (not much of an endorsement) and “singles for 39.50” fills you with cheer, then come on down to the Clown Motel.