It was bound to happen. "IT" is the nail in the coffin for clowns for hire.
Funny, but I find it hard to believe that clowns have continued to get work these days even before the adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 novel hit theaters last week.
Clowns are inherently creep. They wear white foundation, abuse red lip liner and don't own a comb. And they get in kids faces in a BIG way. Check out the PR kit from the World Clown Association: - LBF
"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."
King received hate of his own. He tweeted:
The clowns are pissed at me. Sorry, most are great. BUT...kids have always been scared of clowns. Don't kill the messengers for the message.
Between that and the scary clown attacks last year where people in clown garb were trying to lure children into the woods, it's a tough time for the industry, to say the least.
Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, and others.