Send in the clowns… because they need the work. Thanks to the new IT trailer (which scared the bejeezus out millions of people when it showed up last week) several professional clowns fear that their livelihoods are at stake because the film will re-enforce the creepy clown stereotype, according to an article in Mel Magazine. “It’s gonna be bad for clowns,” says Guilford Adams, who performs as Gilly the Clown, while Nick Kane (aka Mr Nick) adds that the new movie (based on the Stephen King bestseller about some kids terrified by Pennywise, a child-killing clown who lives in the sewers) will make it harder for clowns just as the hype over last year’s creepy clown sightings is dying down.
Regular readers will note that 2Paragraphs has been following the development of the Clownpocalypse for some time, and instances of coulrophobia are on the rise. While clowns have been a part of culture in various guises for a long time, the upcoming horror movie is expected to be a big hit, terrorizing a generation of kids (just as the 1990 miniseries did). I wouldn’t want to be in Mr Nick’s or Mr Gilly’s giant shoes.