‘Creepy Clown’ Stigma Affecting Professional Clowns

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It’s impossible to miss all the stories over the past few weeks of creepy clowns popping up all across the country, in some cases leading to arrests of people in costume.

For people who make a living by making people laugh, their jobs have dramatically changed recently.

Jennifer Staley is a professional balloon artist and clown. She had her first gig in a couple of weeks over the past weekend and was asked to not drive to the party dressed up in costume for her safety.

At the gig, she had people ask her, “Shouldn’t you be dead by now?” referring to violence happening against people dressed as clowns. She also had some adults ask her if she would lay on the ground so they could pretend to step on her head and make a meme for Facebook, “I repeated, I am a children’s entertainer. Everything I do is positivity, peace, love,” she said.

She added, “You know, I took an oath when I became a clown because we have a set of standards of what we will do, and our main purpose is to spread joy and make sure kids have a happy, safe environment when we’re in the room with them.”

Jennifer said if you are an adult, and you’re at a party where there is a clown present, it’s better not to bring the negative topics up so kids won’t have a bad experience with clowns. She also said adults should sit down with their kids and explain the difference between the stories they see on the news, and the clowns that entertain at parties.

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