World Clown Association Complains The Movie 'IT' Is Hurting Real Clowns

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'The clowns are pissed at me.

The new feature film version of Stephen King's It is set to rake in the big bucks over opening weekend in September.

Also contributing to the spread of coulrophobia - fear of clowns - was FX's American Horror Story, which featured a horrifying clown named Twisty, who sported a prosthetic grin and blood-stained pierrot-like outfit.

King's story, revived for modern audiences as it has been, is likely to damage the reputation of clowns, and effect bookings - for kids parties, leaving dos, graduations, wakes, y'know, clown-y socials. He defends his work and the upcoming adaptation by stressing the notion that all people have always been scared of clowns, a statement that the #World Clown Association wants to clarify by making a distinction between real "funny" clowns and the subversive scary clowns. Don't kill the messengers for the message, ' he wrote.

But for superfans of the book - not to mention the infamous 1990 miniseries, which starred Tim Curry as Pennywise - the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas is now offering the chance to attend a special screening dressed in full clown costume. Add to that the "killer clown" epidemic of 2016 and professional clowns are being seen as scary rather than amusing. Bozo was freaking weird, man.

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Pam Moody says she and her fellow clowns were "blindsided" past year by reports of "evil clown sightings".

In order to prepare professional clowns for the arrival of It, WCA organisers have released a press kit for members.

The information continues: "Please understand, just because someone wears a rubber Halloween mask, that does not make one a clown!". I think that last bit goes without saying, as it's rated R for a reason. "But no one is picking on the Santa Clauses, because that would ruin the retail business", she says.

Huh, a character in a movie isn't real? Santa never did that to me.

As it was explained in The Hollywood Reporter, schools and libraries have cancelled professional clown appearances, and according to the World Clown Association (an actual organization) it's all thanks to It.

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