IT is Suddenly Sexy?

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According to the Internet the new Pennywise is sexy.

Since the release of the 2017 movie adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, IT: Chapter 1, the entire internet has been freaking out saying that Bill Skarsgard, the actor who portrays the killer clown Pennywise, is hot as hell.

If that were it, I wouldn’t have paid any attention to this. The fandom culture of the Internet finding an actor who is not conventionally good looking to be attractive is nothing really new.

The guy has this Addams’s Family appearance to him that makes him look like he’s a misunderstood brooder who just needs some love, so he’s not ugly. Skarsgard is also Swedish, which means he has an accent that makes Americans automatically fall for him. He’s also from a family of A-list celebrities. His father, Stellen Skarsgard, plays the scientist Erik Selvig from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of his brothers,  Alexander Skarsgard, was Tarzan in the 2016 movie The Legend of Tarzan, and another brother, Gustaf Skarsgard, is Karl Strand in HBO’s Westworld and Floki on the History Channel’s show Vikings.

Let’s face it, people find fame attractive, so I get that.

What’s getting myself and others shaken up is that some of these people fangirling over the actor are also saying that the character Pennywise is their “clown daddy.”

Bill Skarsgard has been acting for television and movies since 2007. Why is it now that he’s playing a terrifying child murdering demon clown are people saying that he is hot?

According to people across various social media platforms it’s the fact that Pennywise is the villain of the horror movie that makes the clown hot. I understand being attracted to the villain. Some people, myself included, do occasionally see a villain like Loki or Kylo Ren and think, “Yeah, they’re kind of cute.” But you know why those villains are attractive? Because they are conflicted characters who have moments that show off their humanity.

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Pennywise is described as “a shape-shifting malevolent entity…a mysterious evil being…[a person’s] very worst fears and nightmares.”

These people are arguing that the attraction is about exploring the curiosity and intrigue humans have about the unknown and supernatural. Essentially, the same thing that made 40 something women go nuts for the 100 year old vampires in the Twilight Saga in 2005 is apparently making millennials want to bang a demonic clown from another dimension that terrifies children and eats them because IT says to the Losers Club “frightened flesh tastes better.”

Can someone explain to me why this clown is sexy to anyone in any way?

The only conclusion I am able to draw as of right now is that the world has actually lost its collective mind, needs to have a “come to Jesus” moment and needs to talk to someone about this frankly disturbing attraction to homicidal demonic clowns with a taste for human flesh.

Opinion By
Carlee Jo Blumenthal