One of the most talked about elements of FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show” is the character of Twisty the Clown, a serial killer who imprisons children in a school bus and uses scissors to terrorise young couples.
Now ‘Clowns of America International’, the largest clown club in the United States, have expressed their unhappiness with the portrayal of their profession on the show. The group’s president Glenn Kohlberger tells THR:
“Hollywood makes money sensationalizing the norm. They can take any situation no matter how good or pure and turn it into a nightmare. We do not support in any way, shape or form any medium that sensationalizes or adds to coulrophobia or ‘clown fear’.”
Fear of clowns is a growing trend amongst younger generations in the wake media portrayals of sinister clownish fictional characters ranging from Batman’s The Joker to Stephen King’s Pennywise from the “IT” book and mini-series. Real life hasn’t helped either, such as the clown-dressed serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
In recent weeks, sightings of menacing clowns holding potential deadly weapons in California towns at night have spread like wildfire over social media.