A deadly contagion aggresses our population; the sky burns in bright, apocalyptic orange as wildfires rage across the American West. In short, 2020 continues to be a carnival of terrors.
What better time for the revival of a beloved vintage classic: The American “killer clown” sighting? (Just in time for Halloween, which will probably be canceled this year, too!)
In case you forgot, the clowns, dressed in typical clown garb and donning sinister face paint, were a bizarre social media trend of 2016. From August to October, they were sighted in a patchwork of locales across the country: hanging around laundromats in South Carolina, lurking in bushes along dirt roads in Florida. They rattled lengths of chain, whispered, and attempted the lure children into the woods with candy. Then suddenly, after baffling police officers and striking fear into the hearts of Americans nationwide—they disappeared.
As Vox reported, most of those sightings turned out to be hoaxes, and we were happy to be done with them.
But inexplicably, some social media users are intent on bringing them back! A new viral video on TikTok shows a pair of “killer clowns” supposedly chasing down a car in Kentucky last week:
And another shows a clown wielding a machete in California:
You’ve been warned. If you do dare venture outside—amid the smoke fumes, debris, and roaming coronavirus pathogens—beware the errant killer clown.
And stay off TikTok!