I can never find it, but back during all those clown sightings there was an article where a sheriff was telling people not to worry because "he believed it wasn't real clowns, just people in clown outfits" and I think about that all the time
@selfsame I think you need to be licensed or certified or something to be a clown. can't have just anyone engaging in that level of japery
@selfsame I remember that too! I think they thought Killer Klowns from Outer Space was a documentary.
I remember getting into it with a couple of local police department's PR people, and getting some of the more sensational and nasty press releases around my home town rescinded or edited.
Shortly after that we started flooding the #clownspotting hashtag with photos of performers from our troupe, and in solidarity clowns from all over the world started sharing under the same hashtag.
Have a look, you might still find some.
It was murder for our marketing plans, but a huge moral win.
A bit of America being what it is when it is being it's worst self. About a year before the IT movie remake release, news stories across the us started appear about creepy people dresser as clowns being sighted skulking around various places.
Turns out most of these were hoaxes, and many people suspect it was inspired by a PR stunt for the upcoming film.
That was my take on the sightings. Clowns are, generally, joyful innocents. To twist that image is a perversion. To use such a perversion to traumatize and create fear willfully is a form of terrorism by definition.
Plus, it's just uncreative. There are way scarier things in this world.
@selfsame they merely have the accidents of clowns, but they do not possess the essence, the *quiddity*, of clownhood