Creepy clowns should be locked up, says Perth’s Con­nie the Clown

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

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.

Sin­is­ter clowns which have been pop­ping up around the US are now ap­par­ently mak­ing ap­pear­ances in Man­durah... and Perth is set to be next.

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.

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