The urge to believe in something can be so great that people can sincerely see things that aren’t there. The social media obsession with racism and toxic masculinity eventually turned the Covington boy’s “smirking faces” into the new Evil Clown sighting of 2019.
However that may be it is worth considering that the Covington incident — like the Evil Clowns — was simply an instance of mass hysteria — something we psyched ourselves into seeing. All you need is a compelling narrative and a susceptible audience willing to believe the tale and you can have an online version of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds where the skit about a Martian invasion was taken as fact.
THE LEFT INSISTS WE ALL FIGHT THOSE INVISIBLE UNKNOWABLE EVILS OF PATRIARCHY, PRIVILEGE AND MICRO AGGRESSIONS. IS IT ANY SURPRISE THE RESULT IS HYSTERIA? The Evil Clowns.