Admit it: There's just something about the eerily creepy makeup and those permanent smiles that can make us want to run away in fear when you see a clown. Last year, the nightmares of thousands of people came true when creepy clown sighting were reported in unusual locations like roads, forests and cemeteries. The sightings may have started as harmless pranks, but before we knew it, they had become a worldwide phenomenon.
As one would expect, that creepy practice might start up again when a new adaptation of Stephen King's horrific clown tale, It, hits theaters. Yes, that right: that period of peace without clowns hanging around your neighborhood might be coming to an end. As it happens, it looks like one state is already taking precautions against the impending clown resurgence.
The Clowns Are Coming Back
You better lock your doors and go out with a friend when walking through a usually-deserted place. The Pennsylvania State Police department recently released an awareness bulletin warning people that clown sightings are expected to start once again with the release of #It. Thanks to #Pennywise's upcoming big screen frightfest, it's expected that copycats will soon pop up in real life. The bulletin touches on this:
"With the fall of 2017 upon us, it is anticipated that similar 'creepy clown' sightings could be reported starting as soon as September, in part due to the fact that the movie 'It' will be released in theaters on 9/8/2017."
While the sightings are currently only being spoken about in Pennsylvania, considering how popular It is expected to be, I wouldn't be surprised if the trend catches on around the world once again.
There Could Be More To These New Clown Sightings Than Just Scared Citizens
As strange as it may sound, this expected clown resurgence will most likely impact the World Clown Association. Last month, anticipating the backlash that would come from It, the WCA released a statement detaching itself and clowns around the world from the film's frightening depiction of their profession:
"We disavow any relationship with these “horror characters.” We stand with our safety officers who call for an end to the traumatization of individuals and communities by horror characters in public. Anyone making a threat of violence should be arrested, whether this person is wearing a mask or not. This clearly is not the act of a professional clown."
If new sightings did happen, it's logical to think people would associate the new sightings with the release of the new version if It. This would probably make people associate clowns more with demonic or predatory figures rather than characters for amusement.
If you live in Pennsylvania, stay safe and remember that these people won't have It's insane powers. But let's hope you don't actually run into someone dressed as a creepy clown because that is still, quite literally, a nightmare made manifest.
How do you feel about It possibly inspiring a new wave of creepy clown sightings? Let me know in the comments!