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Are clowns terrifying or entertaining?

After the latest adaptation of Stephen King's "It" for the big screen, it's hard to believe that some people aren't afraid of clowns. Yet, clowns still frequent birthday parties, the circus, even your local fall festival. Many people claim clowns are their worst nightmare, while others say clowns remind them of their childhood. Are clowns creepy or harmless? 

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Pennywise. Twisty. John Wayne Gracy. Debate over. 

There is something undeniably creepy about a permanent smile. The red nose and painted face give off the impression that clowns take pleasure in their actions, whether they're at a birthday party or driving an axe into a skull. Where better for a serial killer to hide than under the guise of an innocent, trusted entertainment figure? 

Let's not forget the real-life terrors that clowns unleashed across the country in 2016. NY Mag reported: 

Reports of creepy clowns first emerged in Greenville, South Carolina, where a red-nosed creepo was reportedly trying to lure kids to a house in the woods by flashing wads of cash. Police looked into the claims and found nothing.
In Alabama, schools across the state ramped up security after reports emerged on social media that clowns were going to attack local high schools with guns. In Ohio, a sheriff’s office is looking for two clowns and advising citizens to contact the department because, '[W]e are unsure what their intentions are at this point.' And in Florida, a state where you might think clowns would be among the most normal roadside sightings, police keep getting calls about clowns but are having a hell of time finding them.

Clowns are permanently corrupted. 

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Sure, some clowns are scary, but they are not terrifying across the board. Think of all those great commercials with Ronald McDonald (or the good deeds of the Ronald McDonald House), Bozo the clown or Krusty from "The Simpsons." All of these clowns are perfect examples of well-meaning, entertaining figures. 

The Smithsonian'sLinda Rodriguez McRobbie reports:

...most clowns aren’t trying to be odd. They’re trying to be silly and sweet, fun personified...More scary images means diminished opportunities to create good associations with clowns, which creates more fear. More fear gives more credence to scary clown images, and more scary clown images end up in circulation.

Scary clowns are taking away from the care-free entertainment clowns have to offer.

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