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Why People Are Afraid of Clowns

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Published on Aug 8, 2013

There are many versions of evil clowns in popular culture, so it's no wonder that many people are put off or afraid of real life clowns.

There are many versions of evil clowns in popular culture, so it's no wonder so many people are put off or afraid of real life clowns.




The whole persona of clowns in history has been one of questionable character.




Two of the most popular clowns in European history reportedly led troubled lives, with one of them being tried for the murder of a heckler.




Serial killer John Wayne Gacy also made headlines as the killer clown after he sexually assaulted and murdered over 35 young boys in the Chicago area during the 1970s.




The portrayal of clowns in popular culture has also led to them being associated with fear rather than fun.




Stephen King's popular novel turned movie "It" features a group of children being terrorized by a clown.




Even seemingly harmless clowns like McDonald's mascot Ronald McDonald has been made out to be sinister by enticing children into eating unhealthy food.




Although a lot of people are afraid of clowns, it has been shown that some children like clowns and one study found that having a therapy clown can reduce the anxiety caused by surgery.

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