The World Clown Association Fears Stephen King’s ‘It’ for a Real Reason

The fear of clowns is a real phobia (coulrophobia) affecting millions of people. In spite of that, there’s a special group of people still chasing their dreams of entertaining through exaggerated make-up and wild hijinks. The problem, according to the World Clown Association, is that Stephen King’s It and the films it has inspired have fed on that fear and made the public even more suspicious of all fun-loving clown pranksters.
The New It Adaptation May Scare Away More Clown Business
The World Clown Association is concerned that, while the 2017 It adaptation is much anticipated, it will worsen society’s coulrophobia. The film, scheduled to hit theaters in just over a week, will result in a loss of business for clowns around the country, fears the organization.
Pam Moody, president for the World Clown Association, says the trouble started with the first 1990 adaptation and adds that the backlash never weakened. What makes the situation worse, says Moody, is that the story really isn’t about Pennywise. The evil clown is just one manifestation of an entity haunting the town of Derry.
“That introduced the concept of this character,” Pam says, referring to the 1990 television adaptation. “It’s a science-fiction character. It’s not a clown and has nothing to do with pro clowning.”
America Has Lost its Taste for Clowning Around
Last year, there was an epidemic of people dressing up in clown costumes to terrorize communities. This also hurt the clown business, says Ms. Moody. Those sightings instilled a very real fear of clowns in the public, something that the World Clown Association president feels Hollywood has capitalized on with the new adaptation of King’s novel.
In anticipation of renewed backlash, Pam says her organization has prepared press kits to respond to the negative feelings the film is sure to instill. The press kit, bearing the title “WCA Stand on Scary Clowns,” will help remind clowns and their audiences that real entertainers strive to bring joy, not fear.
“People had school shows and library shows that were canceled. That’s very unfortunate,” Moody said. “The very public we’re trying to deliver positive and important messages to aren’t getting them.”
Stephen King, the Pennywise creator himself, has responded to allegations that It gives clowns a bad name. The author insists that clowns have always frightened children, even before It was first published in 1986.
Mr. King urges clowns around the world to recognize this fact and not to place the blame solely on his shoulders.
“Don’t kill the messengers for the message,” Stephen King tweeted.