Given the current environment, we have made the decision to remove a variety of clown masks from our assortment, both in stores and online.
The summer of clown horror began with reports of clown sightings in Greenville, South Carolina in August. In that horrifying case, a child said he saw clowns behind his apartment complex "whispering and making strange noises."
Since then, the "current environment" has been a rash of clown sightings across the nation. Clown-related Instagram and other social media threats have resulted in general alarm and several arrests. At James Madison University "clown calls started pouring in," causing students to travel in packs and prepare to defend themselves with pepper spray.
In North Carolina, a 20-year-old was arrested for terrifying people with a clown mask and a hatchet.
Then there was the "clown lives matter" walk that sought to respond to the epidemic and "show [that] clowns are not psycho killers." It was canceled amid death threats to the march's organizer.
So can you really blame Target? Even Ronald McDonald is laying low until the clown-fear diminishes.