The New IT Movie Is Putting Real Clowns Out Of Work

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Of the many nightmares he's conjured, one of the most iconic characters legendary horror author Stephen King has created is Pennywise the Dancing Clown - a creature of unspeakable evil that disguises itself as a clown. With the marketing campaign for Stephen King's new IT movie over the past several months, the clown industry has taken an additional beating. WCA president Pam Moody explained that the organization was "really blindsided" by multiple sightings of people in clown masks hanging out by the woods in North and SC that freaked the entire internet out.

And while you have to be sympathetic to these real people who are just trying succeed at a job they love while hopefully bringing joy to kids' lives, I don't know that It is exclusively to blame for our cultural fear of clowns. "It would ruin Christmas for everybody".

"It all started with the original "It". "That introduced the concept of this character".

"It's a science-fiction character", he said. "It's not a clown and has nothing to do with pro clowning". I think there's something inherently disconcerting about any symbol of childhood innocence, like dolls and little girls holding hands. And she has harsh words for the story's perpetuation of anti-clown sentiments: "People had school shows and library shows that were canceled".

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"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", the World Clown Association wrote in a statement. In that document, titled "WCA STAND ON SCARY CLOWNS!". What's more, a clown sighting caused two schools in Long Island, New York to go on lockdown, and Target even removed some of its clown costumes from shelves in the news's wake. He is a person portraying an evil character in order to scare people. While it will likely induce more terror, which is good for a horror movie, it certainly won't help the plight of professional clowns who are now finding it hard to get gigs.

It's creator, Stephen King, is less than sympathetic. That sounds terrifying! Still not as terrifying as clowns, though.

When we spoke with King earlier this week - in an exclusive chat we'll debut at Yahoo Movies soon - he commended Muschietti for getting his story right: "They've stuck pretty close to the book, and where things have been changed, the changes make sense".