#ClownLivesMatter vs #BlackLivesMatter: Twitterstorm erupts
Jordan Jones, who works as a scary clown at a haunted house in Maryland, started the #ClownLivesMatter hashtag, according to WPMT.
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.
Even author Stephen King, who many would blame for their fear of clowns thanks to his horror novel 'IT', weighed in on the matter.
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.