With the release of the film adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT” in a few weeks, professional clowns are reportedly upset about the impact it is already having.
Coulrophobia has long been around, but a combination of things including serial killer John Wayne Gacy, 1984’s “Poltergeist” and the 1990s mini-series adaptation of King’s “IT” left an indelible mark on a generation that clowns were something to fear.
Nearly thirty years on, a combination of creepy clown sightings last year, characters like Twisty the Clown on “American Horror Story,” and the release of the new take on “IT” has pushed anti-clown sentiment to new heights.
World Clown Association president Pam Moody says legitimate clowns are now preparing for the film, there’s even a press kit to help them titled ‘WCA Stand on Scary Clowns’. She tells THR:
“It all started with the original ‘IT’. 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.”
The scary clown epidemic last year had an impact on clowns as people had school shows and library shows canceled.