I’m not sure why, but every one of my kids has an aversion to clowns. I admit, I have one too.
My firstborn thought Santa was a clown. He wasn’t the typical little guy who would feel comfortable running up to Santa with a hug while chattering on about all he wanted for Christmas. He would say, Santa Clown as he clung to my leg like a vice. No way was he going near that guy.
A clown at a birthday party or a restaurant with balloons tied into various shapes or animals was an aversion for every one of my children. You’d think a monster (not the car wash one) was coming for them with a balloon shaped like a swan. Their face would go white and their legs would start moving, they would cry and cling to me, and it was worse when they were little…. Just kidding. Although they still don’t like clowns.
I remember when I was young clowns were nice. I’m sure they still are. I don’t ever remember being afraid of them.
Have the horror movies changed the way we look at clowns? Or have clowns influenced the horror movies? I wonder… It may be that the generation my kids were born into have no clown tolerance. Is it my fault that secretly as an adult I developed a clown aversion and it metaphysically influenced my children? Do we all need therapy?
I asked my kids, If they had to describe a clown in one word or phrase, what would it be? I do apologize to all the wonderful clowns out there.
Unnecessary… Inappropriate… No thanks… Will not watch “It” just because it has a clown. Nope!… Clown… Creepy. Why?… Class Clown: yes, Clown: NOPE… and, There’s just never a good time for a clown
I don’t mean to clown bash but maybe it’s about not being able to see someone face to face. You really don’t know who the heck that person really is. I have come across clowns that want to hug me or my children…that’s just… creepy. Most people don’t hug strangers, let alone a stranger with a glaring white face and bright overdrawn features.
I don’t know if they’ll ever get over this prejudice. Will I? Possibly the next generation will embrace them with gusto and seek out old tv clips of Bozo. They may like clowns again, like I did, when i was a kid.