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Let’s just get it out there on the table: We’re all scared shitless of “Twisty,” the psychotic clown from “American Horror Story: Freakshow” that murders people with scissors and keeps kidnapped children in an old school bus. Nobody finds that terrifying son of a bitch delightful, especially actual clowns. “Clowns of America International” have their bright, yellow trousers in a bunch over the depiction of clowns in “American Horror Story,” saying that Twisty is ruining their reputation and credibility.
“We do not support in any way, shape or form any medium that sensationalizes or adds to coulrophobia or ‘clown fear,’” said Glenn Kohlberger, the President of Clowns of America, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Kohlberger, who also goes by the name Clyde D. Scope in his clowning, partially calls Hollywood’s depiction of Clowns to blame for the group’s dwindling membership, which is down almost a thousand clowns in the last 10 years. “Hollywood makes money sensationalizing the norm. They can take any situation no matter how good or pure and turn it into a nightmare.”
Yes. Because Hollywood is completely to blame for the evil clown. Let’s completely forget about the Edgar Allan Poe short story “Hop-Frog”, which features a clown/jester murdering a King and his entire court, which was published in 1849, 21 years before Hollywood was even an established town. Or “Pagliacci,” the sad-clown opera, which predates the film industry by about a decade. Or John Wayne Gacy, who raped and killed 33 people and often performed at children’s parties AS A DAMN CLOWN. But yeah, let’s blame Hollywood. As always.
Yes, there’s Stephen King’s “It,” and, most notably, Batman’s “The Joker,” who was based on Victor Hugo’s “The Man Who Laughs”, which instilled the idea of an “evil clown” into our lives, but at the end of the day, it’s just a movie. It’s TV. It’s a comic book. It’s entertainment, plain and simple. You can’t blame entertainment for all of society’s ills. Just calm down.
When it comes down to it, clowns are creepy as fuck.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]