The internet has coined this year’s greatest scandal #clowngate2016 and the web has been overflowing with real and fake videos and pictures of terrifying creepy clown sightings all across the globe.
Multiple school lockdowns, riots and one stabbing has left real clowns no other choice – defend themselves or lose business. Clowns have been losing so much business,
in fact, that they’ve organized a march in Tucson, Arizona on Oct. 15 under the name Clown Lives Matter.
The idea behind the march is to quell the killer-clown fears that have resurfaced. Clown actors are starting to feel this fear in their pockets. Who wants to hire a clown for their kid’s birthday party after watching videos on Instagram of unsuspecting citizens getting chased by eerily-fast clowns? In hopes of a successful march, the Arizona Daily Star claimed that a flier for the event said: “We want the public to feel safe and not be afraid, so come out, bring the family, meet a clown and get a hug.”
These clowns mean well, I’m sure, but ripping off the Black Lives Matter movement is unnecessary, ignorant and just plain wrong. Just as the Blue Lives Matter movement tried to conjure up persecution that wasn’t there, the Clown Lives
Matter movement is a fallacious attempt at drawing attention to a group of people who get to take off their afros and face paint at the end of the day; Black people don’t get to wipe themselves off and integrate back into society.
The BLM movement began in protest of police brutality and the blatant disregard for Black bodies; the only person who’s been killed during #clowngate2016 was a 16-year-old male who was recently stabbed to death by a prowling clown in Pennsylvania. The number of people of color who have been unjustly murdered numbers in the hundreds just in 2016 and continues to climb every single day. For clowns to feel like being put out of work until Halloween passes is even remotely comparable to the pathetic current state of race relations in the United States is laughable at best and disgustingly racist at worst.