A mysterious clown spotted around Staten Island is creeping out the citizenry, and some think his appearances may be a publicity stunt for a film production company in the New York City borough.
As the Staten Island Advance reports, many have taken to social media
to post photos of their unsettling encounters, collectively grasping at a theory for the seemingly random occurrence.
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Sporting the typical clown garb of yellow suit, oversized collar, white make up, red shoes and red nose, the bald clown resembles the infamous Pennywise from Stephen King's "It" – making the gag all the more creepy.
The first sightings were reported near the Grasmere and Richmond Valley train stations, as well as near a closed road and behind a tree. Sometimes the clown appears holding balloons, sometimes not.
The news of the clown has grabbed so much attention it even drew the attention of Congressman Michael Grimm and Borough President James Oddo. When asked about the clown, Oddo repurposed a funny quote by baseball player Bryce Harper
when he tweeted "That's a clown question, bro."
Even though the clown remains shrouded in mystery, The New York Post uncovered an interesting lead on Monday
. They discovered that the most widely circulated photos of the clown were posted by a few people who work for a borough-based horror movie production company, Fuzz on the Lens.
One of the men, Vic Dibitetto, played a gynecologist in one of the films. He told the Post that he wasn't sure if the clown was a publicity stunt or not. "Who the hell knows. Nothing surprises me anymore," he said.
Two others, Michael Leavy and Robert Privitera, who've also worked with the company and had their Instagram photos of the clown go viral, could not be reached for comment.
Nonetheless, as recently as Monday night the clown was spotted again, this time at the Staten Island train station.
Strangely enough, this is not the first time a creepy clown has terrorized a town. In September, a clown even more closely resembling Stephen King's Pennywise character was spotted many times wandering the English town of Northampton. In an interview, the clown explained himself, saying he "just wanted to amuse people."
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