Killer Clowns: Marketing Ploy For Stephen Kings ‘IT’ Movie?
Killer clowns strike again and this time in somnolent suburb of Blakelaw, North East England. What started off as a rumor in American colleges has now swept through the entire UK, with reports of saturnine clowns jumping out of bushes and chasing pedestrians has left cities like Edinburg, Hampshire and Northumbria cringing. Police have arrested a teenage boy in Blakelaw in connection with the clown terror.Advertisement
“Officers have arrested a teenage boy in Blakelaw in possession of a bladed article in connection with one of such clown incidents,” a spokesperson for the Northumbria police told Yorkshire Evening Post.
Clown-related menaces were first reported by Morning News USA in August this year when Grenville County residents spoke to the media about a sinister looking person dressed as a clown loitering the neighborhood, luring children into the woods. The threat has, since then, engulfed the entire US in its terror with reports of multiple homicide being committed by these morbid entities.
Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin are 17 US states where clown-related activities are predominant, adding to the shock and horror of the people dwelling there, reports Morning News USA.
That being said, the authenticity of these threats seems questionable at the moment as no genuine arrests have been made so far. The ones taken into custody are mere pranksters, using the hysteria to their advantage for scaring someone. Stephen King, the author of IT, a novel about a killer clown ‘Pennywise’ tweeted on Monday morning, requesting the people to calm down.
“Hey, guys, time to cool the clown hysteria,” King said in his tweet. “Most of em’ are good, cheer up the kiddies, make people laugh.”
Are These Clown Threats Real, Or Is It Just A Sick Joke?
Tennessee police arrested a 64-year-old man in connection to clown-related activities who gave the statement that “it’s all a part of a viral marketing campaign.”
This leads to the suspicion that the studio that recently wrapped the production of a film remake of Stephen King’s novel IT could be behind the killer clowns frenzy that has caught the entire nation. However, a spokesperson of the franchise denies any involvement in the rash of the clown-sightings, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“New Line is absolutely not involved in the rash of clown sightings”, said the studio’s spokesperson.
But that doesn’t discredit the fact that people in the US are still under a serious threat from these “creepy clowns”. The Barbourville police have posted a public announcement on Facebook, requesting citizens to refrain from ‘clowning around’ at this time of national distress.
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