File this one under news we swear we’re not making up.
The Russian division of Burger King (Burger Czar?) has asked the Russian government’s anti-monopoly department to ban the 2017 film adaptation of Stephen King’s It in Russia, according to a report from THR.
Apparently, Burger King believes that the movie’s evil clown, Pennywise, bears a resemblance to Ronald McDonald and counts as advertising for rival burger chain McDonalds. Burger King’s complaint does not address the fact that Pennywise is an evil, murderous creature in the film and moviegoers who associate the clown with McDonalds probably wouldn’t want to eat there afterward. Of course, we don’t really understand the nuances of Russian burger culture and whether or not murderous clowns are likely to increase one’s appetite.
According to the report, the Russian government is looking into it to see if the movie contains advertising or product placement, before deciding whether or not to ship it off to Siberia.