Canadian Tire is taking a stand against scary clowns in Canada by pulling its clown costumes and decorations from shelves.
Good. We’re getting pretty tired of this disturbing phenomenon.
The product pull comes after a rash of creepy clown sightings across the nation and around the world… just in case you’ve been away from the Internet–and world in general–for the last month and a bit.
There have been reports of clowns attempting to lure children into the woods in the southern states, a wave of bullies turned clowns in the UK and recently in Oshawa, Ontario three teens were charged after reportedly riding around in a car, leering their sinister clown faces out of the window. In Ontario’s Durham Region alone, police have reportedly fielded 31 calls pertaining to creepy clowns.
We get it. Clowns are creepy. Especially purposefully creepy clowns. This is not news. Stephen King ruined many a birthday party with his 1996 novel, It. But the new craze is taking it from a world of fiction onto the actual streets. That’s one trend we definitely don’t support. Wearing the costume is one thing, but actively going out to stalk, intimidate and otherwise harass strangers? That’s just rude.
You might ask whether companies like Canadian Tire—and Target, which also pulled its costumes from the US market—are inadvertently playing into the immature phenomenon by propagating the myth of the creepy clown, or are actively de-escalating the situation. We’re sure Canadians have their own opinions about that, but we have to say, we’re glad to see a brand like Canadian Tire making a decisive statement, either way.
Mostly, we just feel bad for all of those non creepy clowns out there, just trying to make a living.
United we must stand…against clowns.