Once upon a time, clowns were benevolent figures of laughter and joy.
Every week in the late 1950s and early 1960s, American children watched the animated antics of Bozo, the clown, on television. The cartoons were presented by local presenters from carrots Bozo. One was Willard Scott, later a weatherman on the NBC Today Show. Willard Scott was also the first Ronald McDonald to make his debut in a 1963 television franchise for the burger franchise.
Look ten years to Cook County, Illinois (strangely, the location of one of the first McDonald’s restaurants). A character called Pogo the Clown is a popular attraction at community events. Meanwhile, young men continue to miss …
Under the clown, make-up and clothes are a psychopath named John Wayne Gacy. Between appearances like Pogo, he strangles 34 victims to death. He does not wear clown clothes when he kills, but his pogo alter ego forever changes the image of the clown in the national consciousness. Almost overnight, the clowns become frightening, Gacy paves the way for many depictions of bad clowns in literature and film, including Stephen King’s It.
King’s novel came out in 1986 and was a huge seller. In 1990, his nightmarish creation, Pennywise the Clown, is presented on the small screen in a miniseries. Also in 1990, a Florida woman, Marlene Warren, opened her front door to a brown-eyed clown with flowers and balloons. The clown shot him in the face and disappeared into a white Chrysler. The victim of the clown died two days later. The murderer, a woman, has escaped capture for more than a quarter of a century, but now she is serving a sentence for murder.
The 1990s and 2000s were marked by frightening portrayals of the Joker, the green-haired joker of the Batman franchise, by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger. We also met Krusty, the degenerate clown of the Simpsons.
But only in 2016 has Coulrophobia – the fear of clowns – reached its peak. In the second half of this year, the world was spotted by a wave of “weird clowns”. As Halloween approaches, social media sites have received numerous articles about scary-looking clowns that were first reported in the woods and then in several cities in the United States, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the United States. Australia and other countries. World clown president Randy Christensen went so badly that YouTube condemned people to dress like clowns to scare people. “He who does this crazy thing is not a clown,” said Christensen, a Minnesota party clown. “It’s someone who uses a good, clean and healthy art form and distorts them,” Christensen added that members of her association had suffered work-related cancellations and felt threatened as a result of reporting creepy clown sightings.
All this was worth it for McDonald’s. On October 11, 2016, the Hamburg giant announced that his mascot would remain less visible after the incidents. A spokesman said the hamburger clown reduced appearances at community events because of the “current climate around clown sightings in the communities”.
There was a knee reaction from other companies like Target, who took clown masks from his website and stores. Schools all the way to Ohio, USA, and Otago, New Zealand, have banned clown clothing and masks.
Last Halloween night, Monday, October 31, 2016. In the United States, celophobia had reached such terrible proportions that a large number of family leaders and parents of tricks or caregivers had firearms tonight. there.
Fearing the retaliation of the vigilantes, most of the clowns stayed like the day before the witches. Not so in Orange County, Florida, where two men needed medical help after being attacked by a group of 20 people in clown masks. But apart from that, the Halloween Night 2016 in the Creepy Clowns Department seems to have been a kind of Fizzer, given all the hype that preceded it.