It’s been a week since we looked at the clown hysteria sweeping the nation, including a sheriff consulting with the FBI and Homeland Security over the clown threat, and now creepy clowns have even been addressed during a White House press conference.
On Tuesday, Bloomberg’s Justin Sink asked White House press secretary Josh Earnest about the creepy clown craze. Sink mentioned that The New York Times reported 12 people have been arrested for either making fake clown reports, threats, or chasing people, and law enforcement is seeking clown advise from DHS and the FBI. He asked if President Obama was keeping tabs on the creepy clown phenomena and if the White House had any comments to discourage clown pranks.
Earnest paused as if he couldn’t believe creepy clowns were being mentioned during a White House press conference, but then he said, “I don't know that the President has been briefed on this particular situation.”
This is something that I’ve read about in some of the news coverage. Obviously this is a situation that local law enforcement authorities take quite seriously, and they should carefully and thoroughly review perceived threats to the safety of the community. They should do so prudently, but I can’t speak to any advice they may have received from law enforcement efforts at the federal level. But you can check with my colleagues at the FBI and DHS and see what they have to say about it, OK?
I can’t believe I ever wrote about clowns to begin with or that we are having this conversation again. The whole clown hysteria seems surreal. Admittedly, this bout of clown craze is primarily on my radar only because I have someone who pings me nearly every time a clown incident occurs. It’s not as bad as when I set up IFTTT to notify me every time the word “hack” was mentioned on Twitter, but all of the clown reference texts still make it sound like my phone is going to blow up.
A couple of “noteworthy” clown situations in the last week included an 18-year-old woman supposedly spinning a tale of fiction to police about a knife-wielding clown weirdo; she was late to work and didn’t want McDonald’s to fire her. The cops were not amused and charged her with one count of making a false alarm.
Police arrested a 13-year-old girl in Virginia after she allegedly asked a person, who was “utilizing a clown photo as a profile picture” on social media, to murder one of her middle school teachers. She was charged with “one count of Threatening to Kill by Electronic Message.”
A 14-year-old in Texas didn’t go that far, but far enough with clown-threatens-school via social media. That the kid was charged with “Terroristic Threat, which is a third-degree felony.”
While dressing as a clown certainly doesn’t seem illegal, I advised people to skip clown costumes this year for Halloween. And now it’s official in New Haven, Connecticut. New Haven Public School officials have banned clown costumes and any “symbols of terror” during this Halloween season.
How many tax dollars and police resources are going down the drain due to “creepy clowns?” And now the executive branch is supposed to chime in? The clown craze needs to just stop. It’s not funny, and it makes the U.S. look like a bunch of clown phobia dummies.
You know it’s a beyond bizarre situation when Stephen King, who created Pennywise—the ultimate creepy clown that ruined clowns for so many people—takes a stand to defend clowns.