Have you ever heard of a fear of clowns? No? Neither had I until the newscasts became saturated with stories of clowns terrorizing everyone. It was around September 2016 when it all began. The freaking clowns were everywhere. Small towns, big cities, in Canada and the United States. You name it, there was a clown popping up. They were carrying weapons and getting arrested and things were getting out of hand. Many towns outlawed dressing up as a clown for Halloween. Now that it’s December 2016 the clowns are gone, no more anywhere.
So crazy clowns on the street aside, what is a fear of them called? Well, it is called Coulrophobia and there may be several reasons for this phobia including:
-enlarged parts- the feet, the nose, and the hands can be perceived as monstrous.
-Not knowing who is under the costume and makeup can be unsettling.
-The over exaggeration of makeup has always been a bit disturbing for kids and adults alike.
Pennywise from Stephen King’s It didn’t help anyone with even a slight fear of clowns, let alone those that suffer from the phobia. Maybe these random clown people were just really excited about the remake of It that comes out in 2017?
Other clowns portrayed as being somewhat evil are: “Krusty the Clown” from The Simpsons or the “Joker” from Batman, and those pictures of the real-life serial killer, John Wayne Gacy, dressed as a clown certainly has not helped anyone either.
It is not surprising that many kids have a fear of clowns and don’t want pictures of them around or to watch programs with clowns in them.
I guess I should take down the clown picture on velvet and just stick with the picture of dogs playing Poker.