The creepy clown trend in the US seems to have spilled over the border into Canada like so much seltzer from a plastic lapel flower.
Iain Little owns the entertainment company ‘Clown Cartel’ and he tells Global News this fad is both terrifying and is starting to impact his business.
“It gives us a bad name, and there’s already a problem with kids being afraid of clowns. I’ve seen it many times when I’ve been up performing years ago as a clown where a small child will come around the corner and see you, and have that moment where they’re not sure or not, then they hear the parents say, “Oh, I hate clowns,” and then they start crying”
Little says he’s been inundated with Facebook messages and phone calls, particularly from the US, both from people who want to join in on the clown-creeping, and from people remonstrating him who believe that ‘Clown Cartel,’ is behind all the mayhem.
“People have been leaving, well, really rude things that I can’t say. They’ve said, “are your clowns real?” and when I ask them to explain what they mean they hang up, and then they call again seven times. So, yeah, it’s scary what’s going on down there.”
He says, when the callers looking to join in on the creepiness learn that they’re just a Canadian entertainment outfit, they simply hang up.