A clown fish currently residing in a local aquarium has spoken for the first time about some of the bullying and abuse he has been subjected to, and laid the blame squarely at the cinematic masterpiece of Finding Nemo. Clarence the clown fish also claimed that while he’d placed multiple complaints to management about the situation, the clown fish exhibit has become so popular that little action has been taken.

Speaking exclusively to The Watsonia Bugle, Clarence said, “Ever since that bloody movie came out in 2003 all us clown fish have had a target on our backs. Every single human being that stumbles through this joint wants to see one of us, and all the other marine life in here get super jealous. That’s where all the bullying stems from: they’re just jealous.”

While Clarence admitted that he felt some empathy towards his tormentors due to their perceived lack of attention in the aquarium, he said the manner in which they’d dealt with the situation was grossly unfair. He said, “I get it mate, I really do. Prior to Nemo coming out my ancestors said that clown fish weren’t really that popular. They said everyone wanted to see one of them yellow and blue fish like Flounder from The Little Mermaid. So I get it, but it’s not my fault that the writers from Nemo decided to cast a clown fish into the main role. It’s like anyone who was named Harry Potter before 1997. There’s nothing they can do about it. So why pick on them mercilessly?”