In what can only be considered an appropriate introduction to the current state of our actively on-fire planet, a doctor recently delivered a baby dressed as Heath Ledger’s Joker. The man costumed as an internet-popular nihilistic sociopath caught the baby at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tennessee, thus ensuring that the first face the tiny human set sight upon was a bleary, makeup-caked vision of absolute, purposeless malice—which, again, is pretty fitting, all things considered. The Selph family arrived at the hospital on Halloween night not knowing that their doctor would be in costume, but were pretty chill about the fact that he had realistically fashioned himself to resemble the beloved murderer. And while he planned to remove the costume before delivering the baby, the parents wisely encouraged him to leave it on, because any baby entering the world in 2017 ought to steel themselves for a future full of deranged, scissors-wielding clowns in positions of authority.

Also, the photos are very funny.

Hospitals nationwide have yet to adopt “evil clown” costumes as mandatory in delivery wards, although that’s really only a matter of time, because how else will future babies learn to “good” evil clowns and “bad” evil clowns following the great clown uprising of 2023?