Clowns are suffering in America.
The recent string of clown terror across the country has caused people to retaliate and take to the streets to protect themselves from red-nosed fiends wishing to do harm. School systems have even begun to ban clown costumes this Halloween in response to sinister threats.
While coulrophobia is certainly nothing new (thanks for nothing Stephen King), the revamped fear at such a national scale is harming one group that no one ever considered: actual clowns.
Clowns that get paid to dress up for children’s birthday parties and other events are in fear of losing their already muddied image. ABC 15 reports that clowns have organized a “Clown Lives Matter” march in Tucson, Arizona in order to reclaim their name.
The event flyer explained the purpose of the event: “This is a peaceful way to show clowns are not psycho killers. We want the public to feel safe, and not be afraid. So come out, bring the family, meet a clown and get a hug!”
Event organizer Nikki Sinn said in an interview that she did not intend to offend other groups. “There is a lot of people who live their everyday lives like this and they are getting death threats,” she said. “We’re just going to gather together and walk peacefully and pass out balloon animals and fliers and give out free hugs.”
The mid-October rally encourages attendees to wear full clown makeup and masks.
If you are a good clown or stand in solidarity with clowns, you can join your brothers and sisters in Tuscon on Oct. 5th. The march begins at 6:30 PM on 4th Avenue.
(H/T ABC 15)