Over the last several months, mysterious clown sightings have scared the hell out of people all across the country. Of course, this is hardly the weirdest thing to happen to America this year (unfortunately), but it turns out the rampant hysteria surrounding the creepy clown outbreaks could be having a negative impact on the decidedly less-creepy, professional clown industry.
As explained in a report by Australia's news.com.au, Randy Christensen, president of the World Clown Association (yes, that's a real thing), has publicly condemned the massive creepy clown epidemic that now spans from Alabama to Australia. Christensen said the propagation of the malevolent actors, who have been spotted lurking in the woods and wandering near roads, are actually tarnishing the clown industry's reputation. Sure, normal looking clowns tend to freak some people out, but their job is to entertain people and make them laugh.
"We're full of people that love children, bring smiles and want to help people laugh and bring comic relief," Christensen said, per the report. "The people dressing up are trying to scare people, no professional clown would ever take part in anything like that."