The “Clownpocalypse” is only likely to intensify in the weeks and days leading up to Halloween. What started out as a curious oddity has become full blown hysteria as reports of creepy clowns lurking in the shadows continue to rise. Recently, government officials in Florida took to the airways to discourage people for donning rainbow wigs and grease paint lest they run afoul of jittery mobs. Atlas Obscura may have further fanned the flames by releasing an interactive map of creepy clown related incidents.
Horror Freaks may be taking this all in stride, but the folks at McDonalds Corp. aren’t taking chances. In response to the hysteria, the company has put their most famous mascot, Ronald McDonald, into hiding—at least until the hoopla dies down. The AP reports:
McDonald’s Corp. said Tuesday that it is being “thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald’s participation in community events” as a result of the “current climate around clown sightings in communities.” The company did not provide any other details about how often its red-haired mascot makes appearances, and how that will change.
The irony of Ronald McDonald, a purveyor of heart disease and childhood obesity, being lumped in with other creepy clowns is not lost on this Horror Freak!