One feels like laughing, though maybe I shouldn’t. When the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s It was shown back in 1990, it not only scared hordes of kids but caused a huge increase in coulrophobia [fear of clowns]. And the upcoming movie version of It has also been causing trouble for over a year even though it’s still to come out, something not being helped by pranksters dressing up as clowns carrying weapons. Says World Clown Association president Pam Moody:
“Last year we were really blindsided. We’ve since created a press kit to prepare clowns for the movie coming out”.
This guide is called The WCA Stand on Scary Clowns, and reminds the WCA membership that the “art of clowning is something to be treasured and enjoyed” and that “just because someone wears a rubber Halloween mask, that does not make one a clown!” It also recommends “that young children not be exposed to horror movies” such as It.
Pam goes on:
“They’re different from regular people — they’re costumed characters. But no one is picking on the Santa Clauses, because that would ruin the retail business. It would ruin Christmas for everybody. It all started with the original It. That introduced the concept of this character. It’s a science-fiction character. It’s not a clown and has nothing to do with pro clowning.”
“The industry has taken a hit. People had school shows and library shows that were canceled. That’s very unfortunate. The very public we’re trying to deliver positive and important messages to aren’t getting them.”
Apparently one WCA member arrived early for a children’s birthday party recently and waited outside in her parked car. She looked up and there are four police officers surrounding her because someone in the neighborhood called in a clown sighting!
It is a great shame that people are losing work because of this craze, which one can call another example of the mad world we live in. However, clowns are scary aren’t they? I’ve always found it odd how such an unappealing, creepy look is aimed at kids.