RoseyTheClown wrote:I liked where the author mentioned that children today are often afraid of clowns, because they don't quite understand their image. I thought this made a lot of sense, as the clown is supposed to be a caricature of society's comedic archetypes. In the 1800's and early 1900's the red nose and clumsy behavior was representative of a drunken buffoon or town drunk, while in the 1930's the hobo clown was popular as it exemplified the poor, out-of-work hobo bumbling along during the Great Depression. In both of these cases the image of the clown fit into the imagery of the day, but the symbolism is kind of lost on modern audiences as they don't understand the context.
RoseyTheClown wrote:...So clearly it's not what clowns do that bothers people, as we all like to laugh, it all comes back to how they look.
I agree, Rosey. I also think that some people who are afraid of clowns have brains that are wired with difficulty to discern a white face clown with a big red gaping smile from a predatory animal that is attacking them. There are certainly a lot of factors at play in the fear of clowns, but I think that may be the difference between "I am fucking AFRAID of clowns, they give me panic attacks" and "Clowns kinda creep me out"