Upcoming Movie Release of ‘It’ Sparks Scary Clown Debate

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Real clowns are angry at fake clowns who are scary.

What’s got their noses so red?


Hollywood’s recreated Stephen King’s “It” for a movie due out Sept. 8.

King’s horror novel, published in the 1980s, features a child-killing clown named Pennywise. Now that’s he’s being reimagined for the big screen, the World Clown Association fears Pennywise will tarnish the image of family-friendly clowns everywhere.

The industry is still reeling from a rash of creepy clown sightings last year.

So, the association’s spreading the word that horror characters impersonating clowns are not real clowns. In its guide to scary clowns the WCA says, “Just as a haunted house event may have a “doctor” wearing surgical gear, carrying a bloody chainsaw, people need to understand that this character is not a real doctor.”

Meanwhile, King maintains kids have always been afraid of clowns. In April, he tweeted, “Don’t kill the messengers.”