A Defense of Clowns

A Defense of Clowns

Benjamin Zack/Standard-Examiner, via Associated Press Joaquin Phoenix’s murderous clown in the film “Joker” has stirred up serious concerns about violence this fall. And for many people, the role of a clown as supervillain bolsters a long-held conviction that double-faced clowns are evil. But I’m here to offer a defense. As the mother of a child with special needs, clowns helped lighten the mood for my son and me in the hospital when we most needed a laugh. Of course, I recognize not all clowns are there for the giggles. I was 8 when I first saw Stephen King’s “It” and was wholly unprepared for the creep-fest that would ruin clowns for me for the foreseeable future. It was cable television at 4 in the afternoon on a school day. I was pretty sure the clown was that guy I’d seen in the movie “Clue.” What could be more innocent? But the Tim Curry laughing in the sewers with razor-sharp teeth was not my Tim Curry. When Georgie lost his arm to Pennywise in the storm drain, I dropped my Pop-Tart and flipped channels, but it was too late. The damage was done. It’s not as if clowns were totally […]

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