Conspiracy theorists postulating that the recent spate of creepy clown sightings across America is nothing more than a marketing stunt aimed at creating hype for the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s IT (a novel/movie that features an evil clown named Pennywise) have prompted a response from one of the film’s producers.
A spokesperson for the studio told THR, emphatically: “New Line is absolutely not involved in the rash of clown sightings.”
The denial coincides with a lengthy warning against participating in this so-called “Clownpocalypse” from police in Barbourville, Kentucky:
Ladies and gentlemen please take note of the following as we have had several “clown complaints.”
With the current mainstream media and social media coverage of clown sightings clown pranks have created a real concern and risk.
Dressing as a clown and driving, walking or standing in public can create a dangerous situation for you and others.
This creates a risk of harm to you, of collisions near roadways and to bystanders and children who become frightened.
Please refrain from this unnecessary activity.
While dressing up is not, in and of itself against the law, doing so in public and thereby creating an unnecessary sense of alarm is illegal.
Approaching people in a threatening manner and threatening people is illegal.
If you create such a situation that violates the law you will be charged and arrested.
Also falsely reporting incidents to law enforcement is illegal and can lead to arrest.
Assaulting, shooting, attacking or otherwise injuring someone simply because they are wearing a costume can lead to criminal charges.
As with any situation if you are placed in a situation of imminent harm quickly create a safe situation for you or children and contact police.
IT, directed by Andrés Muschietti, wrapped filming on September 22nd and is slated for release on September 8th, 2017. The film stars Finn Wolfhard, Javier Botet, and Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise.