Being a clown is a very noble profession (or at least it used to be?) but the most recent adaptation of the Stephen King book It is apparently causing some distress on the clown industry.
From the Hollywood Reporter:
It—a Stephen King masterpiece that is all three a miniseries, extremely large book and recently-released film—isn’t just terrifying for those forced to encounter Pennywise crawling out of a storm drain. Turns out the real victims here are actual clowns, who are tired of their good (?) names being dragged through the mud by King’s balloon-wielding murder-machine.
There was a time, though, when clowns were supposedly the province of joy, lightness and children’s birthday parties—which is where World Clown Association president Pam Moody would prefer they stay.
Moody contends that children are wary of clowns like they’re wary of all costumed characters, from the Easter Bunny to Santa. But as she told THR:
“But no one is picking on the Santa Clauses, because that would ruin the retail business,” she says. “It would ruin Christmas for everybody.”
“It all started with the original It,” she notes. “That introduced the concept of this character. It’s a science-fiction character. It’s not a clown and has nothing to do with pro clowning.”