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.