“Clown Lives Matter” incident sparks controversy on UoGuelph campus

October 25, 2016

A debate around free speech and campus safety has emerged at the University of Guelph after an individual appeared on the university’s campus last week dressed as a clown and holding a sign that read “#clownlivesmatter.” Critics accused the individual of trivializing the #blacklivesmatter movement and pointed out that the individual’s signs also mocked language that is often used to speak about sexual assault. The Guelph Mercury reports that the incident came to an end when the individual left voluntarily after being asked to do so by campus police. Earlier this month, two clown incidents led UoGuelph Campus Community Police to issue a safety bulletin warning that “creepy clown” behaviour could result in “judicial or criminal charges.” Guelph Mercury