Residents of Staten Island, New York, have recently reported being terrorized by an evil-looking clown, but like so many of your favorite television shows from the 2000s, this humor was imported from the U.K. Rather than an unholy apparition of evil, this clown appears to be pulling the same prank attempted by a British man last year in the town of Northampton
Sightings of a man dressed in a standard clown costume popped up around Staten Island recently: a brightly colored onesie, oversized gloves, oversized shoes, face paint and balloons. The Staten Island Advance first noticed the man-clown's emergence within the last two weeks. “He was just waving and holding balloons, he may have been giving them out to people if they walked by, not sure. I just drove by and took a picture and he waved at me and then I left,” one witness, Michael Leavy, told the Advance.
Despite your worst fears, the clown seems harmless so far. He would never hurt or intentionally scare a fly. Probably. Hmm, that sounds familiar.
None the less, his mere presence is panic-inducing. Social media is freaking out. Brokelyn take on the news and our friends at New York's Intelligencer giggle about the very appropriate way Staten Island has reacted to this new clown, but you can sense their terror bubbling underneath the surface. Laughter is a fine and appropriate way to cope with trauma. The thought of encountering a stranger dressed as a clown late at night anywhere should raise some concern, but we can assure the people of Staten Island this guy is harmless, because we've seen this before.