Bad Clowns by Benjamin Radford

By Benjamin Radford

Undesirable clowns—those malicious misfits of the halfway who terrorize, hang-out, and threaten us—have lengthy been a cultural icon. This booklet describes the historical past of undesirable clowns, why clowns move undesirable, and why many folks worry them. Going past normal clowns corresponding to the Joker, Krusty, John Wayne Gacy, and Stephen King’s Pennywise, it additionally gains strange, lesser-known tales of peculiar clown antics together with Bozo obscenity, Ronald McDonald haters, killer clowns, phantom-clown abductors, evil-clown panics, intercourse clowns, carnival clowns, troll clowns, and lots more and plenty extra. undesirable Clowns blends humor, research, and scholarship to bare what's in the back of the clown’s darkish smile.

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1. Obnoxio the clown appears in a 2013 stop motion–animated video featuring the X-Men. Screen capture from YouTube video Marvel Super Heroes: What the—?! Obnoxio the Clown Returns. on the sniveling Sorcerer Supreme, kicking his butt to the ground and then producing a baseball bat and mercilessly beating the cowering Strange as blood spatters with each sickening thwack and the X-Men cheer him on. It seems that the only thing the team of mutants like less than an obnoxious, vicious clown is a lame magician.

Obnoxio the Clown Returns. on the sniveling Sorcerer Supreme, kicking his butt to the ground and then producing a baseball bat and mercilessly beating the cowering Strange as blood spatters with each sickening thwack and the X-Men cheer him on. It seems that the only thing the team of mutants like less than an obnoxious, vicious clown is a lame magician. Though clowns play the fool, they’re usually smarter (and even more bitter) than they look. Obnoxio comics are littered with literary references, including allusions to Ray Bradbury, George Burns, and “Uncle Floyd” Vivino—who was also the subject of a 2002 David Bowie song called “Slip Away,” from his album Heathen.

A man on the street corner using a chainsaw to cut a fallen tree is not a threat; that same man chasing you with the chainsaw is a real threat. Being afraid of a clown making balloon dogs at a circus is a clown phobia; being afraid of that same clown sadistically twisting a live dachshund into a grotesque, furry tube of spine and dripping gore is not. There is nothing at all odd, pathological, or unreasonable about fearing a clown chasing you with a gun or a meat cleaver. Clinical Coulrophobia If pop psychology doesn’t provide a clear picture of clown fear, serious academic research doesn’t help much.

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