Gags the clown is exposed as a fake promotion for a film

Gags the clown is not funny and never has been. Last month, he roamed the city streets of Greenbay, Wisconsin, in the middle of the night in full clown regalia and sporting four black balloons, creeping out local residents. As it turns out, the clown has been exposed as a marketing strategy employed by a Green Bay filmmaker named Adam Krause to promote an up-and-coming horror film. Somehow, even knowing that the clown was a contrived advertisement didn’t quell all the creepiness and anxiety surrounding the presence and idea of Gags the clown.

Some Greenbay residents were amused and others horrified by the truth

Responses were mixed as the news spread that Gags and his eerie black balloons were a sham. He was exposed by a local actor named C.J. Guzan who was concerned that this scare maneuver went a bit too far. When asked how he knew Gags was just a bad joke, he said: “I auditioned for a role in this short horror film about a clown that went around Green Bay… This was the first step in their viral marketing campaign.”

Guzan did not get the part and wants everyone to know that he is not the one who is scaring local residents and he doesn’t know who is. He told the press: “It’s getting a little bit scary because people are starting to believe it a little bit more, and we’re starting to see some of those unsettling pictures on Facebook…Not pictures of the clown, but of people armed and preparing to defend themselves, saying ‘I can’t go outside because I’m afraid of clowns or whatever.

That’s just a little too far.”

The police can do nothing about Gags the clown

Captain Warych of the Green Bay Police has informed the public that no matter how creepy and unsettling the presence of Gags may be, it is not a crime to be weird in public. (If it were, at least half the people walking around New York City and other locales would be arrested.) Little children never see Gags the Clown as his patrol is after the midnight hour, but still, many adults were unnerved by the eerie vision of a clown with black balloons strolling aimlessly through a neighborhood in the dead of night.

The director of the film, whose name is Guzman, declined requests for an interview by the local press. Gags the clown was not available for comment either. Perhaps the only way a reporter can get him to speak about the matter is to interrupt his evening stroll through the dark streets of town; that is, if he or she dares.