"Please understand," it continues, "just because someone wears a rubber Halloween mask, that does not make one a clown!" The spirit of the statement may be true, but it's not likely to tamp down any individual's fear of the perpetually smiling.
Professional clowns are met with fear from adults, too, Moody says. She describes one WCA member who showed up to a birthday party early and sat in her car to wait. "She looks up and there are four police officers surrounding her," Moody says. "Someone in the neighborhood called in a clown sighting."
The film's producers think it's ridiculous. "It’s not as if a group of NHL goalies got up and protested Jason or a group of toy manufacturers protested Chucky," producer Seth Grahame-Smith told the USA Today. "There’s a long tradition in horror of these seemingly harmless things being perverted for that very reason, because they are seemingly harmless."