The Question of Scary Clowns

During the Fall season of 2014 the WCA Office was contacted by numerous media outlets asking for our response to horror clown characters. Here is what I shared with various reporters at that time.

Dear Friend,

We at the World Clown Association are proponents of positive, family-friendly entertainment. We believe the art of clown is something to be treasured and enjoyed by audience’s world-wide. We bring a happy, joyful, creative, caring, positive, and fun experience to our audiences.

We understand that some people enjoy the “horror genre” of entertainment, but we find that many people are confronted by images of horror characters (impersonating clowns)and are startled by them…which is obviously the goal of these horror characters. In my opinion, these horror characters are not clowns.

Just as a Haunted House event may have a “doctor” wearing surgical gear, carrying a bloody chainsaw, people need to understand that this character is NOT a real doctor. He is a person portraying an evil character in order to scare people. In the same way, people dressed as horror clowns are not “real clowns.” They are taking something innocent and wholesome and perverting it to create fear in their audience.

The World Clown Association shares laughs and “comic relief” everywhere for the positive, wholesome, enjoyment of their audiences. It is true that various horror clown portrayals work against our goal. We hope the American audience realizes that there are different categories in entertainment. We want to be on the positive side of things.


Randy ChristensenWorld Clown Association – President-Elect & “WCA Master Clown”

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