Real Clowns Claim 'It' Movie Causing Them to Lose Work
Posted 2017/08/29 0 0
"People had school shows and library shows that were canceled," says the World Clown Association president.
Last April, the author behind the story, Stephen King, tweeted that the big-shoed performers were "pissed at me. Sorry, most are great. BUT," he continued, "kids have always been scared of clowns. Don't kill the messengers for the message."
And now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, World Clown Association President Pam Moody is on the defensive, saying the association was "blindsided" last year by evil clown sightings - typically pranksters in store-bought clown masks who lurked near schools and in residential neighborhoods, sometime with weapons in hand - and continues to take a hit due to the "scary clown" business.
"People had school shows and library shows that were canceled," said Moody. "That's very unfortunate. The very public we're trying to deliver positive and important messages to aren't getting them."
Moody also placed some of the blame on the creepy clown stigma on the parents, who often "thrust their child" towards the clown without even being aware that their kids might be apprehensive of these clowns. Still, years before this adaptation, the 1990 mini-series starring Tim Curry as Pennywise was credited with creating a generation's worth of coulrophobia cases due to his indellible performance as Pennywise. Here's what film blogger Scott Wampler had to say about how that helped foster the widespread fear of clowns.
"For my generation, It launched untold cases of coulrophobia. It was the first exposure that of lot of kids my age had to horror movies. Parents weren't taking their kids to see scary movies, but they let them watch It on TV because it aired in primetime."
Moody says also understands that the fear comes from clowns being "different from regular people, they're costumed characters," much like a costumed Santa Claus at the mall.
"But no one is picking on the Santa Clauses, because that would ruin the retail business."