MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (Circa) - The film adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 horror novel "It" hit theaters in September 2017 and it didn't set well with the clown community.
The clowns are pissed at me. Sorry, most are great. BUT...kids have always been scared of clowns. Don't kill the messengers for the message.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 10, 2017
The World Clown Association released a statement saying that characters like Pennywise from "It" are simply impersonating clowns.
"Even the character in the movie 'It' should be understood to be a fantasy character – not a true clown," the association wrote in a press release.
"Just as a haunted house event may have a 'doctor' wearing surgical gear, carrying a bloody chain saw, people need to understand that this character is NOT a real doctor. He is a person portraying an evil character in order to scare people. In the same way, people dressed as horror clowns are not "real clowns."
Instead, the World Clown Association said they believe clowns can bring joy to their audiences.
Circa is going live from the Clowns of America International Convention Thursday, April 5, to find out how movies that portray clowns in a negative light have impacted business. We'll also be talking about Bozo the Clown's legacy and how clowns get into character.
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