You’ll probably have to look long and hard to find someone who didn’t enjoy director Andy Muschietti’s Stephen King adaptation of IT. However, the Russian Burger King branch wants the film banned in the country. Why? The fast-food chain believes Pennywise The Dancing Clown looks very similar to McDonald’s clown mascot, Ronald McDonald.
Real-life clowns are probably having a tough time getting gigs after the release of IT earlier this month. However, it seems they aren’t the only ones suffering. According to THR, Burger King Russia has officially filed a complaint with the country’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) against the film, which they believe is an advertisement for their biggest competitor.
Although a spokeswoman for the FAS confirms that the agency has received Burger King Russia’s complaint, it’s hard to believe that they will win a ban on the film in the country. Anyone who has seen IT will scoff at the idea.
IT opened in Russia on September 7 and has grossed $14 million in the country so far.