pennywise the dancing clown from Stephen King's IT

Comparisons between Pennywise the Dancing Clown and Phillip Schofield

While Pennywise the Dancing Clown has only appeared three times in visual form through the 1990 TV movie and the two recent films in 2017 and 2019, we’ve had to suffer with Phillip Schofield since 1982. The two characters are significantly different to each other, and they’ve clearly carried out very different careers – if you can call it that in the case of Pennywise – but there is a distinct similarity between the two that surfaced in February this year.

One is a child-friendly face with a thirst for blood, the other is Pennywise the Dancing Clown

Before reading this piece, you may have failed to see the connection between television presenter Phillip Schofield and fictional child-eater Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Although it would be understandable to see readers disagreeing with or even possibly finding offence with what we’re about to say, there’s some logic behind it and, as with any piece on the Unbearable Geoff website, we beg you to take it with a slight pinch of salt.

Looking at the obvious ways of separating the two, the distinctions are blatant. For example, Pennywise the Dancing Clown only troubles the people of Derry, Maine in the United States of America while Phillip Schofield, possibly more devastatingly, opts to terrorise the entire population of the United Kingdom on a daily basis. They also dress in a totally different style, with Pennywise relying on a traditional yet concerning clown outfit and Phillip Schofield trading from a painfully eighties getup to wearing a consistently dull white shirt and chinos over at least the past decade.

Rather than being as on-the-nose as a simple connection made between the physical appearance of both Schofield and IT, there is a more calculated concept based on a specific timeline set by each of them. It dates back to a tweet posted on the official Unbearable Geoff Twitter account on the 7th February 2020. This dates back to a poignant day in Phillip Schofield’s life, but it coincides with a similar time-frame set by the demonic shapeshifter created by Stephen King.

Phillip Schofield announces himself as gay

The tweet which I posted out on the official Unbearable Geoff Twitter account at the start of February was based on the surprise announcement that Phillip Schofield was gay. He had decided to publicly come out as gay on ITV’s This Morning, where the public primarily saw his announcement as brave, heroic and potentially capable of ranking as one of the few important moments to affect British culture in a positive way for several years. It goes without saying that such a moment would be embraced with open arms, but it would be accepted with even more relief in the current climate of Brexit and the increasing concern of death to a large percentage of the population.

From an alternative standpoint, you could easily criticise Phillip Schofield for deciding to also admit to knowing he was gay during the point at which he married his wife nearly three decades ago. If this were true, it would mean that he’s effectively wasted someone’s life for a prolonged number of years, only to devastate her – and their children – in one of the most upsetting and humiliating ways possible. It could be the case that he only said this to make a point for other people who may be too scared to come out as he did, but if that were true, he would be humiliating his wife for almost no reason at all.

Schofield and Pennywise connected by a single factor

Regardless of your own views of Phillip Schofield and his decision to come out as gay in front of the world as if it would have an impact on anyone other than his own family, doing so only raised questions over the timing. In every edition of Stephen King’s IT – including the original book published in 1986 and the media interpretations released in 1990, 2017 and 2019 – Pennywise the Dancing Clown returns to Derry, Maine every twenty-seven years to prey on the flesh of the town’s children, changing shape to lure them in or scare them into submission.

Schofield may not murder and feed off children – and we certainly aren’t saying that being gay is anywhere related – but he did publicly announce a change to his sexuality twenty-seven years after marrying wife Stephanie Lowe, matching the same gap Pennywise possesses during his hibernation phase. The last thing we’d ever intend to do is offend anyone, but what this piece is looking to do is question if there’s a correlation between the two twenty-seven year gaps in time.

Did Stephen King know that Phillip Schofield would publicly put forward a change to his sexuality every twenty-seven years, using an evil shapeshifter as a metaphor for fleeting sexual preference? Is there something behind the number twenty-seven? Maybe it’s been shown to present differences in other fields, leading Stephen King to include it in his famous horror novel? Whatever the case, there simply has to be a correlation between the two. It’s definitely not a perfectly acceptable and reasonable coincidence.

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