HUNTING FOR DANGEROUS CLOWNS: CITIZENS TAKE TO THE STREETS AND SOCIAL MEDIA TO CATCH ARMED CLOWNS AROUND THE WORLD: “IT ONLY TAKES ONE BAD CLOWN. . .”
The French newspaper “Dauphine Liber’e declared that “These clowns aren’t funny anymore” referring to the current dangerous commotion caused by clowns armed with pistols, knives and baseball bats administering havoc on French citizens this past week. There have been scenarios where teenagers (14 0f them in one case) dressed as clowns, some having attacked bystanders and beat them with metal rods. Officials from Agde and Douvrin, France have reported arrests for such beatings. In Montpellier, a clown beat a man striking him 30 times with an iron bar and then stole his wallet. Dozens of youths in Bordeaux were stopped by police while carrying sticks and metal rods- they were out “hunting clowns.” One 12-year-old was armed with a dagger. Five clowns were arrested in Mulhouse. The eerie phenomenon is not exclusive to France, London’s Metropolitan Police had 117 clown incidents in 2013 and numerous incidents are being reported in the U.S. mainly in California and Florida. The clown events were originally stirred by numerous social media postings originating in the U.S. (which went viral) depicting such activities in a favorable light. However numerous people in France are now using the same mediums to track down these dangerous clowns. French police issued a statement saying “Anyone, aggressive clowns or hunters found in possession of weapons in a public place will be arrested.” As sopusa.net reported in May of this year (“Eerie Clown Sightings Cause Stir in NYC: Really”), promoters of books, movies, videos, etc. often use unusual and sometimes ingenuousness artifacts to promote their product- in this case, matters went array and these dangerous clowns need to be stopped. For one thing, it is making it harder for legitimate clowns to make a living. “It only takes one bad clown” sopusa.net was told by an inspiring clown, “to make it hard on all of us.” He added, “Clowns should amuse people, not frighten or hurt them.” We think these matters should be taken seriously and people should report suspicious clowns to the police and not take any action personally.