No clowning around at Kean
By Craig Epstein | Published Sept. 13, 2017
With the remake of “IT” floating to a theatre near you, we are once again approached with a topic that has become quite popular. That is, whether or not clowns are considered to be funny or scary. Whether it’s Bozo, the Joker, or even Pennywise, clowns can represent a bunch of different things to a bunch of different people.
After surveying 15 people as to whether or not they are afraid of clowns, the results were actually quite close. Six of the 15 responded with an answer of “yes,” while the other nine simply said “no.” Kean student Racquel Ford leaned toward yes, but it came with a caveat.
“When it comes to seeing a clown on TV or in the movies my answer is no,” said Ford. “But when it comes to seeing one in real life then my answer is yes.”
Clowns have seemingly become a fixture of society, especially within the last few years. Just last year there was a creepy clown epidemic that eventually gained enough steam to be covered by major news sites like USA Today and the New York Times. At one point, it even garnered the attention of the White House.
For some, clowns are a source of humor and happiness. But for others, they see clowns as dark and frightening, almost monster-like creatures. Whether one is a fan of clowns or not, it is hard to argue that they are not at least intriguing. The critical and commercial success of “IT” is just the latest example of this belief ringing true.