UPDATE: 10/17 4:12 P.M. EST — Organizers were forced to cancel Saturday’s march due to death threats, saying:
“With the numerous death threats and harassment, it’s sad to say we have cancelled what was supposed to be a fun, peaceful walk. We apologize to everyone who was excited to go and have a good night of fun. The group of people that have bombarded the event page with harassing posts and personal information will be reported to the authorities.”
Stay safe out there, everyone.
Alright, this is just ridiculous!
Well the University of Arizona has been a hot spot for clown reports — though they’ve luckily turned out to be false — and professional clowns in Tucson, Arizona are tired of the bad press! In a weird turn of events, clowns in the Tucson area have decided to organize a Clown Lives Matter march! UGH!
Co-opting the Black Lives Matter moniker for this? Really??
The attendees are apparently encouraged to wear full clown makeup or masks one person posted a flyer for the event on Facebook saying:
Wait, if you’re trying to reduce the scares, why post such a creepy pic??
Caterine F. Brooks, the director of UA’s Center for Digital Society and Data Studies said of the recent clown related reports:
“Because the clown story is traveling by social media, it is fast and furious. It propagates easily. It moves faster and faster, and it takes hold in communities of people and becomes fashionable.”
Luckily, the Reverend Reginald Walton, who just happens to be the chairman of the Arizona Black Lives Matter campaign, knows how ridiculous the “insensitive” event is, as he explained:
“The recent events in this country involving clowns has gripped the nation and caused an epidemic of fear. The notion of a Clown Lives Matter rally is insensitive, as the issue of police brutality and violence is a serious issue and the clown issue is not as important… The Clown Lives Matter rally takes away the focus of a serious issue in this country that we are working with law enforcement and the community to resolve.”
We couldn’t agree more!