Was there ever a time clowns weren’t just entirely creepy?
Evil clowns are so ingrained in popular culture today it seems that this has always been the right way to see these freaky grease-painted monstrosities and there never was a golden age of clown innocence.
Of course some people will say this is just a simple case of coulrophobia, “an abnormal fear of clowns” – but can something be described as abnormal if 95 per cent of people share the same distrust of all things clownish?
Surely it would be more accurate to describe the other five per cent as trusting idiots who will be picked off by evil cannibal clowns.
And make no mistake, some proper experts have looked into this – in a survey conducted by the UK’s University of Sheffield, to gather children’s opinions on décor for an forthcoming hospital redesign, it was found that the children did not like clown décor in the hospital or physicians’ office settings.
Researcher Dr. Penny Curtis (and isn’t Dr Penny a great name for a creepy clown?) said:
“We found that clowns are universally disliked by children. Some found the clown images to be quite frightening and unknowable.”
And Joseph Durwin, author of Coulrophobia & The Trickster says:
“It would seem that the concept of evil clowns and the widespread hostility it induces is a cultural phenomenon which transcends just the phobia alone. Did it arise out of the phobia or the phobia out of it? And if people got the phobia out of the movies, where did the movies get the idea from?”
Of course, where there’s a fear, there’s a fetish – if you want to see something truly disturbing, try a Google image search for ‘clown porn’.
We’re not even going to link that phrase, we’re still recovering from what turns up in the results.
Some things can’t be unseen.
And that’s just not funny.