Creepy clowns should be locked up, says Perth’s Connie the Clown
It wasn’t that long ago if you spied someone in a red fuzzy wig, giant oversized shoes and a red nose it would elicit at worst a harmless idiot savant-style grin.
Now, scary clown sightings across Perth and the rest of Australia are causing mass hysteria, and have prompted a warning from WA police that hooligans dressed up as clowns carrying dangerous weapons in suburban streets will not be tolerated.
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The bizarre - and as yet unexplained - phenomenon appears to have started in South Carolina in late August and arrived in WA over the past month, with photographs emerging last week of a frightening looking clown at at Mandurah shopping centre.
One of the most dramatic clown incidents occurred over the weekend when a man was arrested in the Wheatbelt for chasing a group of teenage girls while dressed as a clown.
Connie the Clown, who has been entertaining kids in Perth for more than 20 years, had nothing but disdain for people donning masks and threatening the public.
“They should be arrested and jailed,” she angrily told WA today.
“These people are terrifying people... they are psychopaths.
“What if you did that to an old person? You would give them a heart attack”
Photos have emerged of a clown seemingly brandishing a chainsaw in Rockingham.
Connie feared she could be targeted by anti-clown vigilantes while driving to a show.
“It probably won’t happen because I’m dressed as a kids’ clown performer, but I could be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said.
Connie the Clown fears she could be targeted by anti-clown vigilantes.
She hasn’t had anyone wanting to cancelling a show.
“Not yet, but it’s not good for anyone,” she said.
World Clown Association president Randy Christensen said people dressing up as “creepy clowns” was tarnishing the industry.
“Most of this is being pushed forward by social media and the people that are doing it we don’t consider then clowns in any shape or form,” he told Radio 6PR on Monday morning.
“The World Clown Association we are full of people that love children and bring smiles and want to help people laugh and bring comic relief, care and all of that.