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Actual Clowns Are Not Happy About the ‘IT’ Trailer

We cannot wait for IT. Clowns, however, want IT to go away.

Professional clowns aren’t having a great time at the moment, as you might imagine. It seems that everyone has by now caught on that they’re super creepy and worth being afraid of, and that fear (coulrophobia, it’s called) has hit the clown world pretty hard. Granted, this is nothing new.

Real life serial killer John Wayne Gacy (aka Pogo the Clown) did a number on the profession back in the ’70s, and Tim Curry’s frightening portrayal of fictional killer clown Pennywise in the 1990 adaptation of Stephen King’s IT didn’t do much to help matters. And don’t even get me started on the recent rash of creepy clown sightings around the globe, which have effectively ensured that no man, woman or child will ever again trust the grease-painted, smiling face of a clown.

If the profession was dying already, it may have been completely killed off by last week’s nightmarish trailer for Andy Muschietti’s re-adaptation of IT. The film, set for release this coming September, looks to feature a clown even more terrifying than the one we saw back in 1990, and real clowns the world over are worried that the movie will hammer the final nail into their coffin.

Mel Magazine just caught up with a few professional clowns, all of whom told the outlet that they’re none too happy about the Pennywise resurgence on the horizon.

Nick “Mr. Nick” Kane told the site:

It’s ruining our business. We just experienced a nice break from the scary clown meme from last October. And just when things are starting to normalize, the IT trailer comes and it’s like, ‘Here we go again.’

Guilford “Gilly” Adams said of the IT remake:

It’s gonna be bad for clowns. It’s a dying profession. And the people who do it and scrape together a living have to grapple with the fact that it’s cool and hip not to like clowns. The ultimate prick in this [IT movie] is that it’s going to turn young consumers away from an art form that’s sweet and nice and not about the Kardashians and Minecraft.

Not all clowns want to eat you, folks. Just, ya know, most of them.



  • Sean Robert Hart

    People think clowns are creepy. Pro clowns should just deal with it. Maybe stop dressing up as a clown and dress up as something less creepy. Im surprised that clowns are still unaware that clowns creep kids out. If this movie was not made and the clown sighting thing never happened and the tv movie was never made….. clowns would still be creepy. They were always creepy which is why scary books, movies and idiots dressing up like them in the streets and alley ways exist.

  • Trelo Leipsano

    Why all the retarted people have to be afraid of clowns because of the motherfucking fictional clown that Stephen King has created??? Get a life please!!! There are always good people out there in the whole world and evil people!!! Same thing goes with clowns!!! Because you are fucking afraid of clowns and especially fictional clowns like pennywise, you can just go away from the good, cheerful and truly kind clowns which these good clowns have down nothing evil or bad to hurt people!!! The thing you sould be afraid and terriffied is the fucking psychopaths, the thieves,the evil and the bad clowns, the evil punks, the evil gangs, the junkies and the dragdealers, the satanists, and the bullies!!! Not the good clowns!!! But seriously GOOD CLOWNS???? Certainely the world and many sites on internet are full of retarted and stupid wacky people!!! Me I am not afraid pennywise or the good clowns, even the psycho, evil, and mad Michael Myers or the rediculous, hateful, iritiating freddy krueger!!! Please do not hate or be feared the good clowns, but love and adore them!!!

    • Vesuvian Villain

      It’s a nice thought but the clown fear hype train is not going to slow down until we drive it into the ground like we did with zombies and every other pop culture icon there’s ever been. We sequel and prequel and remake and reboot everything we find interesting until everyone is sick of it. Which means they’re going to keep trying to make clowns terrifying and when it’s no longer a money maker, they’ll chew it up and spit it out. So people still attempting to make a living as clowns are either going to get a reaction of fear or apathy from kids. That’s the world we live in.

    • Valak

      Coulrophobia (the phobia of clowns) is completely irrational.
      You cannot reason with a phobia. “Why all the retarted people have to be afraid of clowns because of the motherfucking fictional clown that Stephen King has created?” Well, why are people afraid of heights, or confined spaces, or spiders? A phobia isn’t based on logic, and that’s the point. Most people who suffer a phobia know it doesn’t make sense to be afraid, and that’s what makes it irrational. They have no control over it.

  • lexrazor

    Clowns aren’t creepy. Clowns are funny and nice. Juggalos are fucking creepy.

  • Biscoito18

    For professional clowns, they’re really serious. They also didn’t like AHS’s Twisty in 2014. Just embrace the moment and make some extra money on halloween.

  • Charlie

    I don’t get that. If it is a dying profession then find a new profession. Learn a new trade. IT and many more clown horror films will be coming out in the future. So it will always have an ‘impact’ on your dying profession. Think ahead. Change.

    • James

      Exactly. Fear of clowns is nothing new so this impact has always been there.

  • dredgXIX

    Supply and demand, chumps.

  • Vesuvian Villain

    On a side note I kept hearing about the killer clown appearances over the last couple years but hadn’t looked into it until the new It trailer came out. Watched a bunch of clown videos on YouTube and laughed my ass off when they started getting the shit beat out of them. Like what the fuck did you morons think was going to happen? The only reason you’re not being shot in our gun crazy country is because a self-defense plea is a tricky thing.

  • Clifford Monox

    “it’s cool and hip not to like clowns.”

    Fuck outta here. Fear of clowns is nothing new. Friday the 13th hasn’t killed off summer camps, Child’s Play hasn’t killed off Cabbage Patch dolls and Paranormal Activity hasn’t killed off home video. IT won’t damage the industry anymore than the last IT did (especially if JWG didn’t kill it off completely).

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  • Cappy Tally

    I’m that one guy who thinks clowns are funny. I just think they’re funny for different reasons than clowns would hope for.

  • Blood Boil

    Lucky for these clowns, this new clown isn’t scary. It’ll be business as usual, trust me.

    • Batmanfanboy

      Wow.. so edgy, so tough.

  • Nex

    I love how all the sudden these modern day clowns who do this as a career are all up in arms whining cause they know their profession is dying. It’s been dying for a long time and Hollywood will continue to push out horror movies with clowns. They’ve been doing it all throughout the 80’s and 90’s. I remember watching John Leguizamo’s Clown/Violator from the Spawn movie in 97′ and despite him cheesing it up in the role, he was horrifying and gross in his own way that creeped me out for years. Anyways, these modern day clowns need to get over it and find a new job…

  • Jonathan Larsson

    If being a harmless clown is dying out, why don’t they try to make more business out of being terrifying clowns? Haunted Houses around the world could be really spiced up if they put some fright in it.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      Or hire a clown to scare your ex or maybe punish your kids if they get bad grades.

      • THGrimm

        I would do that, but I insist on scaring them myself.

  • Jada Maes

    I can definitely feel for them; an art form that’s been around for a thousand years in various forms, now ridiculed and vilified because people like to exaggerate clown phobia. I actually want to take a couple of clowning classes for a business I’m working on, and I’m working on a story that features a cool clown as one of the heroes. Every little bit helps 🙂

    • Krud

      I think what people seem to forget — and this includes both clowns and people afraid of clowns — is that one of the reasons clowns work as a horror trope is the same reason things like dolls, children, nursery rhymes, pets, little old ladies, brides, etc., work effectively in horror: it takes something traditionally/stereotypically portrayed or intended to be innocent, serene, simple, or ordinary, and subverts it and makes it unsettling. Problem is, eventually the subversion becomes the thing a lot of people think of first.

  • Brock Lesnar

    How come none of these clowns complained when the film “Clown” by Jon Watts was released?

    • PsychoMantis18

      What film?

      • Brock Lesnar
        • PsychoMantis18

          Sorry, was joking. As in not many heard of it, especially Clowns.

      • Brock Lesnar

        You can add Suicide Squad and The Dark Knight to the list as well. No complaints about Jared Leto or Heath Ledger portraying the psychotic Clown Prince of Crime.

  • Ben Edwards

    People will get their panties in a twist over anything these days…

  • GunsOfNavarone

    How exactly is this going to affect the market audience for clowns ? The movie is an R, it’s not like kids are going to be seeing it (or shouldn’t be) and if the parents don’t hire them because of what they may or may not have seen, then that’s just sour grapes.

    • Carlton Fisher

      If you won’t hire a clown because of what a monster who looks like one did in a movie, it’s not sour grapes–it’s because you’re an idiot. It’s like saying, “Oh, I watched bad Teacher, and I’m never letting my kid go to school again.” Or trying to get a ban on chainsaws because Leatherface freaked you out.

      • GunsOfNavarone

        I agree, that’s a blunter version of what I was saying but yes, you’re right. It’s quite pathetic when you think about it. But that’s the way of the world these days. People whinging endlessly and sucking the fun out of everything.

  • Mi chiamo “Dee”

    Have clowns ever been “sweet and nice”? There was always something mean spirited and forced about them.

  • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

    No more cushy desk jobs for these clowns. Not even Arby’s will hire em after this.

  • Satanzilla

    “Actual clowns” is the most social media thing a person can say. Except perhaps “I. Literally. Cannot. Even.”

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  • Meisha’s Taint

    Oh yeah for sure it’s all over for you guys. Sorry it was a nice thing while it lasted but between this and the creepy youtube clowns out in public you are never getting jobs again

    • PsychoMantis18

      Pretty hateful coming from the morally-deluded Meisha’s Taint.

      Ohhhhh cause it doesn’t relate to your role as a proud parent, I get it.

  • Arent clowns supposed to smile? They really can’t be mad at a horror film when theres a fucking confirmed phobia about them, people will be scared of you bozos with or without an It movie

  • Mirko

    Who’s next? “Actual Sharks are not happy about the MEG trailer”!

    • PsychoMantis18

      Usually it’s the people protecting sharks from vilification that are unhappy.. but, yeah.. thoughtful point..

  • Wilson Bro

    About 10 years ago, I knew a professional clown, and he was one of the nastiest, two-faced bastards I’ve met in my life – and I’ve worked in the film industry! I’ve heard from numerous friends who have taken their kids to the circus, and when they’ve had the expected buckets of water chucked at them, it’s been done with all the venom of waterboarding.

    Stephen King once said that “…nobody likes a clown at midnight”, but why waste it all on one part of the day? Clowns are usually nasty, bitter folk using a layer of paint to get away with stuff which would usually get them arrested.

    Let’s hear it for “It”.

    • PsychoMantis18

      You wanting an upvote for this clown-hating drivel?

      • Wilson Bro


        • PsychoMantis18

          Yes please.

    • NoLongerARegisteredUser

      Yes, clowns are two-faced and as for those oversized shoes!

      • Wilson Bro

        Not sure those red noses are on the level, either…

  • aFriendlyAgenda

    Who cares what actual clowns think

    Unless they’re supernatural murderous clowns they suck

  • Halloween_Vic

    Maybe it’s time for a career change guys.

    • PsychoMantis18

      Bout as much sympathy as you’d expect from a drooling dependant living in his mum’s basement.

  • Kev Weldon

    Does anyone actually find clowns entertaining?

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  • AdamX

    Joker/Sweet Tooth/Heel Doink/Twisty/Zebbo/Captain Spaulding/Killer Klowns from outer space…yes, THIS is what will bring forth the ruination of clowning.

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  • Wil McMullen

    I was told about my first (and only) venture to the circus when I was about 2 years old- I basically lost my shit the moment the clowns came out. In fact, my mother said I was so out of control, we left. Of course, i dont remember that happening, but I do know I am not a fan of clowns. I don’t freak out when i see them these days and i am certainly not running up to one to shake their monstrously sized hand neither. I’m still going to see IT though… I just hope they dont pull no publicity bullshit- like have a clown jump out during the screening- That wouldn’t be cool at all.

  • Buk Lau

    “it’s going to turn young consumers away from an art form that’s sweet and nice and not about the Kardashians and Minecraft.”

    Who in their right mind links the Kardashians to Minecraft? They’re not even of the same ilk at all. It’s like some uninformed schmoe thought welp, kids like Minecraft and the Kardashians are popular so these are the things most detrimental to our society.

    I feel for these guys, I really do. But the era of Bozo and Ronald McDonald is long gone. McDonald’s distancing itself from their mascot should have been an indicator that it’s time to move on.

    • Sting circa 1984

      “Who in their right mind links the Kardashians to Minecraft? They’re not even of the same ilk at all.”

      How did he link them? He mentioned them in the same sentence, that’s all. He’s using them as examples of our cultural obsessions with celebrity and technology.

      • Buk Lau

        Then he could’ve used a less niche form of technology, like an iPhone. It’s the “cool thing” to hate on Apple anyway. Minecraft is arguably about its own form of art. Again, it just comes across like he heard about Minecraft that day and decided it was a problem. Maybe it’s personal, he’s got kids of his own who like playing Minecraft and don’t care about Dad being a clown, who knows. It’s just a piss poor example to support his argument.

        • Sting circa 1984

          Ok whatever

  • Fr0gg0

    “Oh no”. Clowns are pretty out today anyway, just change job.

  • Oh, this might kill off the clown industry? How quickly can we get a sequel out?

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