#ClownLivesMatter vs #BlackLivesMatter: Twitterstorm erupts
I just feel bad for the real clowns out here trying to make an honest living. #ClownLivesMatter— T.J. Husnick (@t_husnick23) October 5, 2016
My sympathy goes out to the real clowns out there not scaring kids on purpose. #clownlivesmatter— (((Daz Xton))) (@dpxton) October 12, 2016
Jordan Jones, who works as a scary clown at a haunted house in Maryland, started the #ClownLivesMatter hashtag, according to WPMT.
Our country doesn't realize the discrimination that takes place everyday! The privileged must wake up, lives are at stake. #clownlivesmatter— Madison Price (@MadisonAPrice) October 12, 2016
Clown trade associations also took to social media to defend themselves against the negative press their craft has been receiving, and the hashtag began trending.
#Clownlivesmatter. Come on. Only use the "livesmatter" hashtag if people died, otherwise it cheapens the cause of those suffering.— Banksy (@newsbanks) October 12, 2016
Even author Stephen King, who many would blame for their fear of clowns thanks to his horror novel 'IT', weighed in on the matter.
Hey, guys, time to cool the clown hysteria--most of em are good, cheer up the kiddies, make people laugh.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 3, 2016
For #BlackLivesMatter supporters, the clown’s appropriation of their hashtag was an insult. Some felt it diminished their movement, which began in response to fatal police brutality against largely unarmed black men.
For many, the contrast between black people being killed by police officers versus people dressed as clowns trying to frighten people was just too much.
person of colour: *breathes*— em (@frnkenstein) October 6, 2016
cops: you're a menace to society shoot on sight
clown: *harrasses innocent ppl*