Scary clowns are giv­ing nice ones a bad name, says Ox­ford P Nuts

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Clowns have had their ups and downs. More ac­cu­rately, though, they’ve had their downs. No won­der they’re every­body’s least favourite chil­dren’s en­ter­tainer– they’re in­va­sive, un­fa­mil­iar and pro­pri­etors of un-beck­oned goof­ing.

But the in­creas­ingly popular rein­car­na­tion of clowns into hor­ror fig­ures is a gag too far, ac­cord­ingto Randy Chris­tensen, pres­i­dent-elect of the World Clown As­so­ci­a­tion (WCA). Chris­tensen (aka Ox­ford P Nuts, Clown of the Year 2013) has spo­ken out against such il­le­git­i­mate clown­ing.

“In my opin­ion, th­ese hor­ror char­ac­ters are not clowns,” Chris­tensen says, and for him, to be“com­pared to Stephen King’s It is a false com­par­i­son. It’s like com­par­ing ap­ples and ham­burg­ers.”

He’s sur­pris­ingly chatty for a clown– shouldn’thebe try­ingto com­mu­ni­cate this to us through the medium of bal­loon an­i­mal?

Chris­tensen’s com­ments come in the wake of the lat­est se­ries of Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story (now show­ing on Fox TV), which has been dom­i­nated by a men­ac­ing, killer clown called Twisty (above) ,who has been steal­ing theshowandspark­ing­coul­ro­pho­bi­aa­mon­gitsview­ers.Did show cre­ator Ryan Murphy ever even in­tend­to­tar­nishtheal­ready-dwin­dlin­grep­u­ta­tionof­clownsin his script?

“He said he wanted to cre­ate the most terrifying clown in the his­tory of tele­vi­sion,” says Twisty ac­tor John Car­roll Lynch.

But he ad­vises peo­ple notto dress up as the knife-wield­ing, macabre­villa in for Hal­loween. Sure no­body will be nice to you if you’re dressed to kill. But thenagain, it’s prob­a­bly ad­vis­able not to dress as a nor­mal clown ei­ther, un­less you’re try­ing to cap­ture the hor­ror of hav­ing no sense of hu­mour.

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