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Professional Clowns Disapprove Of 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'

Brittany Jones | PopWrapped Author

Brittany Jones

10/17/2014 1:07 am
PopWrapped | Current Events
Professional Clowns Disapprove Of 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' | Professional clowns
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Last week, Twisty was introduced on American Horror Story: Freak Show. He is the latest in a long line of psychotic clowns, who murders people with scissors. But, as is always the case with clowns, no one is laughing.

Who doesn't find anything about Twisty funny? Clowns of America International, which recently took time to talk to The Hollywood Reporter  and tell them that Twisty is ruining its respected reputation.“We do not support in any way, shape or form any medium that sensationalizes or adds to coulrophobia or ‘clown fear,’” says Glenn Kohlberger, president of Clowns of America.

Twisty on AHS: Freak Show Courtesy of etonline.com Twisty on AHS: Freak Show
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Kohlberger, who also goes by the clown name “Clyde D. Scope,” points out that clowns in pop culture, from Pagliacci to Poltergeist to Pennywise, so often seek to instill fear, rather than just allowing it to happen naturally. “Hollywood makes money sensationalizing the norm. They can take any situation no matter how good or pure and turn it into a nightmare,” Kohlberger says. According to THR, the fear of clowns may have contributed to the fact that membership in Clowns of America is aging, down from 3,500 to 2,500 in the last year alone. “Clowns to killers. I choose not to play into any of it. The more attention we give it just gives it more fuel,” said Kohlberger in the interview. I hope Kohlberger is having a chat with the clowns that have been terrorizing California towns recently, because they are definitely not helping the stigma of scary clowns. Are you a little more sympathetic towards clowns and their feelings, now? I mean...clowns are people too.

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