After a wave of creepy clown sightings and crimes committed by people in clown masks, professional clowns around the country are fighting back by declaring 'Clown Lives Matter.'
People in clown make up or costume have been spotted around the country in recent months, resulting in headlines questioning what exactly is going on. Many people have been frightened by the sightings and, in recent days, people dressed as clowns have begun robbing people.
Professional clowns see this as a threat to their livelihood. Jordan Jones, aka Snuggles the Clown, told a Pennsylvania TV station that his work is suffering because of it.
"Everyone took this as a joke but it's really become serious now, and I just want all these teenagers to know that it's not a game anymore," Jones told Fox 43. "You're ruining my job and other actors around the world."
Jones works at Screamland Farms in Frederick, Md., and told the TV station that his family is afraid for his safety due to profiling in response to the frequent clown sightings.
On the other side of the country, a group of clowns plan to take to the streets next weekend in order to show people that they mean no harm.
A Clown Lives Matter march is planned for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in Tucson, Ariz., according to the ABC affiliate there.
The goal is to show people that professional clowns are not actually trying to kill them.
"This is a peaceful way to show clowns are not psycho killers," stated a flyer obtained by the TV station. "We want the public to feel safe, and not be afraid. So come out, bring the family, meet a clown and get a hug!"