News has gone viral there will be a “Killer Clowns Purge” happening come Halloween season. It started as a lone post from a Facebook, but since been shared and in effect reached most of the world. How true is the rumor, and how serious are the ones who purported these ideas of rampage?
As many people already probably know, the term “purge” became synonymous with mass-killing when the blockbuster film franchise The Purge hit theaters. The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting, where the government of America annually holds the titular purge.
The Purge is a time of year where all crime will be legal and any and all crime, even rape and murder, can be committed without expecting any consequences or legal ramifications whatsoever. In the context of the film series, it was said to be the effective way of ridding the American citizens of any of their impure thoughts, at the cost of the lives of thousands of “weaker” people.
Now, being that the post in question specifically called it a “killer clowns purge,” it is safe to say that they meant people dressed in clown costumes intend to cause mass-panic or at worse, killing. However, as snopes.com has mentioned, the post has the trademark of a hoax written all over it.
First of all, the origins of the said rumor was not stated in any of the versions of the widely-shared post. Secondly, this is not the first time that “purge” rumors have circulated as Halloween season nears; however, none has been followed up by an event that can be considered such. Moreover, even police departments, like the Louisville (Kentucky) Police Department, have confirmed numerous rumors, such as these, as mere pranks by teenagers.
Why clowns, though? Well, being this a Halloween issue, it is most likely a reference to Stephen King’s horror novel It, which featured the character Pennywise, an “evil entity” wearing the guise of a clown.
The “killer clowns purge” is not the only hoax that snopes.com effectively debunked, as they specialize in fact-checking. They also debunked some of recent widespread hoaxes, like the alleged “deaths of Jaden Smith and Betty White, as well as the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
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