The creepy clown stabbing in Sweden took place on Thursday night, officially gracing the Scandinavian peninsula with the bizarre and frightening craze, which up until that point had only been seen in the United States and parts of Europe.
The attack happened in Halland county, which is located in southern Sweden, according to Yahoo News. The story is that a young man in his late teens was stabbed in the shoulder area by an assailant wearing a clown mask, who then fled the scene.
The creepy clown stabbing in Sweden comes in the wake of a separate incident in which a woman was verbally threatened by two clowns carrying knives in the small Swedish town of Skänninge, according to the Local Sweden.
On the same day, four young children were approached by a group of people dressed up as clowns and brandishing chainsaws, which thankfully turned out to be costume props.
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The creepy clown stabbing in Sweden is one of the several incidents in which frightening-looking clowns have been seen out in public for no apparent reason other than to cause fear and hysteria. Thankfully, there have been no fatalities in relation to these curious happenings, yet the phenomenon has many people wondering, “Why?”
Here are a few creepy clown theories people have speculated over.
There’s the theory that a “snowball effect” is taking place before our eyes, meaning that after the very first and widely publicized sighting in Greenville, South Carolina, someone liked the idea of scaring children out of their wits while dressed as a killer clown and decided to do it themselves, and when the person who copied the first person makes the news, someone else decides to do it, and so on and so on.
According to folklore expert Benjamin Radford, the same things that are happening now also happened some 30 years ago.
He told CNN, “In the 1980s, there were these ‘phantom’ clown reports. There were stories out of Massachusetts of schoolchildren saying they were chased or lured by clowns, and parents and teachers took it seriously.”
While the “snowball effect” theory certainly seems likely, especially in explaining one of the reasons behind the creepy clown stabbing in Sweden, there are other rational explanations to ponder.
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Could it be a marketing scheme? It may seem unlikely, but some people have entertained the idea that creating interest in clowns, even if it’s in a negative light, can somehow benefit certain companies.
Not only is Halloween just around the corner, but the highly anticipated remake of Stephen King’s It, a frightening tale about a clown (Pennywise the Dancing Clown) that terrorizes a group of kids, is due in theaters in September of next year.
“In fact, one creepy clown video from Agawam, Massachusetts, has already been revealed to be a viral marketing stunt for a local haunted house. So even if this whole clown thing didn’t start off as a marketing ploy, it’s certainly created some fertile ground”
However, as far as the remake of Stephen King’s It, a representative of the movie told CNN that the scary clown sightings have absolutely no connection to anyone involved with the movie.
The Telegraph recently consulted social media to find out what people believe is causing the creepy clown craze, and they ended up finding some interesting and bizarre theories.
One such bizarre theory, from a blogger who goes by Bruce, suggests that the Illuminati is behind the creepy clown stabbing in Sweden and other such distressing happenings. Bruce also has a theory about Ronald McDonald (who is currently being punished with limited TV commercial appearances in response to the craze). The Illuminati blogger claims that the world’s most famous clown is, in reality, a portrayal of Satan, who dresses as a clown in order to draw the affection of little kids.
Bruce writes, “With a head of red hair and face paint reminiscent of heathen rituals, this classic image is little more than a farce. In actuality, the clown was designed by the Illuminati to appeal to children in order to make them more susceptible to notions of Satan and hell.”
Other theories center around the notion that the media is making a bigger deal about killer clowns terrorizing innocent civilians than they should be, and/or that scary-looking clowns have always walked the streets and behaved in threatening manners. However, it’s just now being reported at an increased rate, thus creating the illusion that it’s happening more often when, in actuality, it’s not.
It seems no one has an answer that fits.
The creepy clown stabbing in Sweden thankfully did not result in death, but it could have. How does society fight a problem such as this one? What are your theories for why this phenomenon is happening? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
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