We’ve posted many IT stories recently. None stranger than this one.
Not only are real clowns unhappy with Andy Muschietti’s IT, but so too is Burger King over in Russia. Why, you ask? Well, according to THR, the Russian arm of the popular fast food chain has just filed a complaint with Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service, claiming that Pennywise looks too much like Ronald McDonald; therefore, they say, the hit movie is serving as a massive advertisement for their rival chain, McDonald’s!
No, we’re being serious. This is an actual thing.
Of course, Pennywise is a killer clown who eats children, which by all means should hurt a company like McDonald’s rather than help it, but Burger King is convinced that the film is actually hurting *their* business… so they’re calling for it to be banned in Russia.
The film opened in the country on September 7, and has made $14 million so far in over 100 theaters.
“We can’t be concerned with the content of the film because the writer and director have their own creative understanding of any character,” a spokewoman for Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service told the site. The organization is evaluating the film, however, to see if it contains any McDonald’s advertising or product placement.
You just can’t make this stuff up.