As details emerge from the horrific shooting in Aurora, Colorado, the nation grieves and remains on edge towards sensitive topics relating to the crime. Knowing that the main Aurora-shooting suspect James Holmes allegedly behaved and disguised himself like "The Joker" clown villain from "The Dark Knight," troubling new video has emerged of an apparent protester at Occupy Seattle dressed in clown garb pointing an umbrella at police and bystanders, and "shooting" them as if the umbrella were a gun.
Gateway Pundit, where the video is posted, reports that video was filmed Friday at the "Bring the Fight to the Banks" rally and march. In the video the clown is seen hurling the usually Occupy Wall Street "one percent" accusations at police and pedestrians, before aiming the umbrella at those he taunts while yelling "ba-bam, ba-bam!" When one police officier who the clown taunts appears to be getting unhinged by the shooting imitation, the clown brags to protesters "I'm getting to him. I really am." At one point a Seattle woman who was heckled by the clown while running to catch a bus yells back "get a job." While continually taunting and cursing at the police with fellow protesters, the clown refers to Seattle Police Chief John Diaz “Chief Dumbass."
The fake shooter is seen with one other protester dressed in clown attire, and the pair may be part of Seattle's faction of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army, which The Seattle Weekly released an extensive report on last Monday:
"Though relatively small in numbers - roughly eight or nine clowns total, according to members of the group - the players that make up Seattle's element of the Clandestine Rebel Clown Army have nonetheless put their stamp on a number of important events over the last few months. Debuting at this year's May Day protests, the Salish CIRCA seeks to put a new, red-nosed face on radicalism, and inspire thought in the tradition of the Theatre of the Oppressed - a method of using theatrical techniques as a means for promoting social and political change championed by Brazilian theatre practitioner Augusto Boal in the 1960s."
The Seattle clowns that spoke with The Weekly say they were inspired by similar Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army movements across the world that began in the UK, but operate as autonomous groups.
"We felt there was an opportunity to bring humor to protest, and inspire people to think," one Seattle CIRCA leader told The Weekly in a conference call. "Society is ripe for parody here in Seattle."
The Seattle Clowns have reportedly been to a number of events in the area such as protests to the police use of pepper spray during Seattle Pride events, marijuana legalization marches, MayDay Seattle, and multiple appearances outside the Woodland Park Zoo to draw attention to what the group considers the inhumane way in which the elephants are kept.
If the protesting clown in the video below is part of the CIRCA movement, he likely is not bringing humor to Seattle police and pedestrians, and likely only inspiring thoughts on the terrible events in Colorado early Friday morning: