Okay, This Clown Sh*t Is Out of Control
Man dressed as creepy clown, sighted in Manchester, England.
Will it ever end?
As you might have noticed, “creepy clown” sightings have skyrocketed in both the United States and the United Kingdom over the past month. If you’re living under a rock (although you might be safe under there) fill yourself in. Whether or not the increase has to do with Halloween spirit, the incidents are officially dangerous across the pond, and no longer just a bit of spooky fun.
“Clown” impersonators have been reported carrying machetes and kitchen knives in Manchester, England, and scared civilians in South Carolina have fired shots at the masked strangers. Even McDonald’s has limited the appearances of their signature clown, Ronald McDonald, due to the clown hysteria.
Although plenty of people are panicking because of the clowns, the clowns are probably in more danger because so many people are on edge.
Check out this Twitter video of a man dressed as a clown creeping around a playground in North Wales. Freaky sh*t.
The New York Times is also documenting Britain’s clown craze wave.
To help explain where our deep-seated mistrust of clowns comes from, VOX put together this helpful ~clown history~ special. Apparently one of the first widely successful pantomime entertainers, Joseph Grimaldi, suffered from alcoholism and depression. Grimaldi became famous during a time when the public was just beginning to become fascinated with the personal lives of celebrities, and his alcoholism eventually became public knowledge. So, the “drunk, sad and or dangerous” clown stereotype was born. Watch below for more.
So there you have it. Although no one is really sure what sparked the sudden uptick in manic clown hysteria, at least we know where the scary clown stuff all started.
What would you do if you spotted a creepy clown? Let us know in the comments below or @WhatsTrending on Twitter.