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Real life professional clowns are not happy about the release of the It remake

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Next week this time, a brand new adaptation of Stephen King’s It will be landing in cinemas to scar an entirely new generation. With it receiving heaps of praise by those who’ve seen it, we are rather excited to catch It: Part 1 – The Losers Club. The “we” in this case mostly being me as quite a few members of the CH team’s sudden flare up of Coulrophobia – that’s fear of clowns, by the way – will have them avoiding the cinema like crazy.

They’re not the only ones dreading this new movie though, as real professional clowns will more than likely be taking a dent to their livelihood thanks to It’s demonic clown Pennywise giving the goofy profession a bad rep. King himself tweeted out that these clowns were “pissed” at him due to his creation, but stating that it’s not his fault.

In King’s novel “it” takes on many different forms, but its clown guise, popularized by Tim Curry’s portrayal as Pennywise in the classic 1990 miniseries adaptation, has been the most recognizable. Unfortunately for real life clowns, Bill Skarsgard’s portrayal of Pennywise in the new film from director Andres Muschietti is even scarier, if the reviews are to be believed. Then there was the mysterious and utterly disturbing spate of creepy clown sightings that happened across the US last year, fueling fears even further.

Combined, all the bad clown press has had a serious impact on the livelihood of actual clowns, as World Clown Association president Pam Moody explained to THR.

Last year we were really blindsided… People had school shows and library shows that were cancelled. That’s very unfortunate. The very public we’re trying to deliver positive and important messages to aren’t getting them…

We’ve since created a press kit to prepare clowns for the movie coming out.

Said press kit (which you can read in full over here) is a guide for clowns stating that “the art of clown is something to be treasured and enjoyed by audience’s world-wide. We bring a happy, joyful, creative, caring, positive, and fun experience to our audiences.”

We understand that some people enjoy the “horror genre” of entertainment, but we find that many people are confronted by images of horror characters (impersonating clowns) and are startled by them…which is obviously the goal of these horror characters. In my opinion, these horror characters are not clowns. Even the character in the movie “IT” should be understood to be a fantasy character – not a true clown.

Just as a Haunted House event may have a “doctor” wearing surgical gear, carrying a bloody chainsaw, people need to understand that this character is NOT a real doctor. He is a person portraying an evil character in order to scare people. In the same way, people dressed as horror clowns are not “real clowns.” They are taking something innocent and wholesome and perverting it to create fear in their audience.

Please understand, just because someone wears a rubber Halloween mask, that does not make one a clown! The horror movie character, “Jason,” wears a hockey goalie mask. But, people would be mistaken if they actually thought he was a hockey player! We disavow any relationship with these “horror characters.”

Moody also goes on to recognize that children do sometimes see clowns with trepidation, but it’s no different to the way they view other larger than life characters like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.

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.

Were you one of those kids who had clowns completely ruined for you by Pennywise? If so are planning to watch It: Part 1 – The Losers Club when it lands in cinemas next Friday, 15 September? Or maybe you’re just going to join Tracy, Alessandro and Trevor as they hide under their beds?

Last Updated: September 8, 2017


  1. RinceThis

    September 8, 2017 at 13:50

    I do not know ONE person who likes clowns. They are a French invention (I think the originals) that suck the soul out of any occasion. They should be buried. Also, one of the best thing about last year’s sudden clown appearances was the videos of people kicking the crap out of them.


    • Original Heretic

      September 8, 2017 at 13:51

      Ah, the French. Once again, they fuck with us!


  2. Original Heretic

    September 8, 2017 at 13:51

    I was TERRIFIED of clowns when I was younger. Not because I saw IT, but because they looked weird. And they dressed weird.
    I remember a trip to the circus when I was about 5 years old (gawd, that’s decades ago…). When the clowns started tromping through audience, I could get close enough to my mom. And one of the white faced bastards tried to get right in my face, leering at me (though I think it was trying to smile).


    • RinceThis

      September 8, 2017 at 13:55

      Watch the above video 😉


      • Original Heretic

        September 8, 2017 at 14:49

        I USED to be terrified of clowns. I got over it before my teen years, just like most of my other phobias, thankfully. Still not crazy about heights, though….

        And seeing that clown being beaten up? I derive no glee from it. But I do consider it a just reward for a fucked up thing. If you’re going to willingly dress up like that with the specific intention of scaring people just so that you can have a little jolly, then you deserve it.


        • RinceThis

          September 8, 2017 at 14:58

          My thoughts too! Also, you jump on my car, I will punch you!


          • Original Heretic

            September 8, 2017 at 15:02

            Jump on my car and I’ll kick you in the nuts. Then, as you bend over, I’ll knee you in the face. And once you fall to the ground, that’s when I go jiu-jitsu on your ass.

  3. RinceThis

    September 8, 2017 at 13:51

  4. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    September 8, 2017 at 16:41

    This article is funny


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