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Fear of clowns.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by IdahoPicker, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. Brad Pittiful

    Brad Pittiful Doctor of Teleocity

    Dec 22, 2008
    Philly Burbs
    eric the clown...what kind of name is eric for a clown
  2. Hoopermazing

    Hoopermazing Tele-Holic

    "Oh yes, they Float Georgie. They Float, and when your down here with me, You'll float too." ~ Bob Gray
  3. NashvilleDeluxe

    NashvilleDeluxe Tele-Meister

    May 10, 2007
    Laurentians, Quebec
    Weird...was just discussing this with students yesterday. One googled and came up with the term "Coulrophobia."

    So prevalent that there's actually a name for it! Also funny was the quote from wikipedia: "...As adults we make assumptions about what works for children. We found that clowns are universally disliked by children. Some found them quite frightening and unknowable."
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  5. Hoopermazing

    Hoopermazing Tele-Holic

    Don't get a comic or comedic writer who went to college started talking about this stuff. Trust me on that one.
  6. robt57

    robt57 Doctor of Teleocity

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR
    I never attained a fear, but it apparently is not uncommon. I like the comedy of it in media though, Bones series has a component of this phobia in, and all the modern culture cartoons seem to get to it.

    If you bite a clown, does he/she taste funny?

    Something to be said for the person who adorns the costume and make-up in terms of their own 'mask' metaphor... Maybe something there to actually fear in the person playing the part... Just saying...
  7. ADinNYC

    ADinNYC Friend of Leo's

    Jan 2, 2010
    New York City
    Same thing goes for ventriloquist dolls.
  8. robt57

    robt57 Doctor of Teleocity

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR

    Especially after Anthony Hopkins put the nail in that coffin with 'Magic' in 1978. I love that guy! LOL
  9. jazztele

    jazztele Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 19, 2006
    I don't find clowns scary, just the people who dress up like one.
  10. bettyseldest

    bettyseldest Tele-Holic

    Nov 13, 2011
    Never bothered me, but having seen clips from League of Gentlemen recently I can understand how one could develop a phobia.
  11. jefrs

    jefrs Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 20, 2007
    Newbury, England
    Clowns aren't funny.
    You laugh at the clown rather than with the clown.
    They do not imbue sympathy, therefore there is nothing to like.
    Phobia - no. Like - no.
  12. popthree

    popthree Poster Extraordinaire

    don't forget Kinko.. the kid loving clown
  13. caferacer

    caferacer Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 3, 2011
    phila pa
    dont fear them
    just hate them
  14. bargoedboy

    bargoedboy Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 16, 2008
    My daughter is terrified of them, she`s a 23 year old teacher:eek:
    How can she help the kids if a clown scares them :rolleyes:
  15. afoolsparadise

    afoolsparadise Tele-Meister

    Nov 29, 2009
    Portland, ME
    Pretty freaky lookin' after all. My wife hates 'em but I've never gotten a clear explanation why. Good enough for me...
  16. horsespatoot

    horsespatoot Tele-Holic

    Nov 4, 2011
    reaper clowns

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  17. Tred

    Tred Tele-Afflicted

    My youngest daughter (7 years) was with the older siblings when they watched IT. They said they tried to shoo her off, but she wouldn't leave. That was 20 years ago, and to this day, she hates clowns! She gets goose-bumps, chills run up her spine, and wants to throw up at the sight of them. I told her she needs to grow up, but it still hasn't worked for her...
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2012
  18. Rasmuth

    Rasmuth Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 10, 2006
    Churchville, NY
    I don't like clowns, never have....yet I find myself more frightened of actual people who chose to be clowns.....just sayin'.....
  19. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 17, 2003
    Spring City, Pa
  20. MrCairo46

    MrCairo46 Tele-Afflicted

    I hate balloons today because a Clown Scared me when I was young.

    No I don't understand it either..............
  21. PapaLion

    PapaLion Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 19, 2010
    SW AZ
    An exception to the rule, Red Skelton. Miss him RIP. The rest, not so much.
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