For me, it’s the permenantly smiling facepaint that doesn’t let you know what their true feelings are. A clown could be feeling homicidal but still smile at you with his BIG FREAKY FAKE FACE! *goes to hide in a corner*
And if the clown enjoys feeling homicidal it will be smiling anyway. Go figure.
I’ve just been in Paris, London and Germany for a month, and as far as I could tell, the only people who had street buskers that were clowns (or dressed as them) were the Germans. I’m terrified of them, because there used to be a picture of a clown in my house that always seemed to be following me… and I think it is just really disturbing for a person to be wearing that much red and blue make-up.
John Wayne Gacy spent much of his free time hosting elaborate street parties for his friends and neighbors, serving in community groups and entertaining children as “Pogo the Clown”.
He spent many of his 14 years on Death Row doing oil paintings of clowns.
On a lighter note:
“To me, clowns aren’t funny. In fact, they’re kinda scary. I’ve wondered where this started, and I think it goes back to the time I went to the circus and a clown killed my dad”
- Jack Handey