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In an amusingly Onionesque news story, the president of the World Clown Association, Pam Moody, believes that Stephen King’s It is responsible for giving real life clowns a bad reputation, and is even costing them jobs.
"It all started with the original It," Moody stated. "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."
Last year saw the bizarre “Creepy Clown” epidemic, where several sightings of threatening strangers wearing clown costumes were reported across America. The trend was mocked and feared online, and the epidemic spread to the rest of the world, as pranksters and copycats were seemingly inspired, and the paranoid public contributed to the hysteria. That peculiar period of history is over, but the fear hasn’t gone away; distrust of the leering, white-faced entertainers is negatively affecting the clowning industry, which is apparently still a thing. "People had school shows and library shows that were canceled," says Moody. "That’s very unfortunate. The very public we're trying to deliver positive and important messages to aren't getting them."
Huh, I didn't know that the clowns had their organization.
originally posted by: Missmissie173
a reply to: Grik123
It has nothing to do with "Pro Clowning..." LMFAO!
I have a Masters in Clowning.
Honestly can't wait to see this movie.
originally posted by: TobyFlenderson
a reply to: the owlbear
Hey, no clowning on Kiss. I've seen a lot of shows in my day and Kiss is in the top 10. They are AWESOME live.
originally posted by: mOjOm
Her argument is akin to Sharks getting a bad rap because the movie Jaws ruined their reputation. No, it's doesn't work like that.
Although sharks certainly have a fearsome reputation nowadays, incredibly, "at the turn of the 20th century, there was this perception that sharks had never attacked a human being,"
As a consequence of this depiction of sharks as monsters bent on massacring swimmers and boaters in "Jaws," dozens of shark fishing tournaments popped up. "A collective testosterone rush certainly swept through the East Coast of the U.S.," Burgess said. "It was good blue-collar fishing. You didn't have to have a fancy boat or gear — an average Joe could catch big fish, and there was no remorse, since there was this mindset that they were man-killers."
This proved to be part of a growing shark-hunting trend that dramatically reduced nearly all shark species over the following decades, Burgess said. In the waters off the U.S. eastern seaboard, populations of many species of sharks have dropped by 50 percent and some have fallen by as much as 90 percent.