Isn't there enough to worry about these days without being scared of clowns?

"Its very tense out there. There are people who've been threatened,” said Julie Varholdt.

Varholdt, AKA Lovely Buttons is a nice clown. Been that way for 24 years.

"It's not good right now. It's sad. A lot of people are losing jobs over this. For a lot of families, this is their livelihood," Varholdt said.

It's so bad, one of the most famous clowns in the world is in hiding.

Ronald McDonald taking a break from public appearances until everyone stops clowning around on the internet.

And speaking of the Internet. Ever think some of these videos are fake?

Sorry, you're right. Everything is real on the internet. Now people are talking about a clown purge?!? Is this real life?

Varholdt said, "It's a hoax, It’s young people who think it's funny."

But it's not. People are getting arrested. One local police department declined to talk with 12 News -- saying this whole thing is the media's fault. Never heard that one before.

But maybe we're all a little guilty. Maybe the best thing to do is just walk away.

And stop clowning around.