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Can clowns REALLY be scary?
A poll of children, aged four to 16, published by researchers at Britain’s University of Sheffield suggests they are. Their survey, which was looking at what decor to have in hospital children’s wards, found all 250 respondents thought they were frightening.
But this has deeply upset clowns around the world. Not only are they regular fixtures at youngsters’ birthday parties, many also work in hospitals where they say their visits brighten up the day for sick children.
“When there was no hope in sight, clowns have brought smiles to the rescue and the children have welcomed them with open arms,” said Jeremy “Krispy” Cohen, president of Red Nose Response, which send clowns to disaster areas to bring smiles to survivors and relief workers.
Perhaps, their reputations have suffered with adults from numerous films which have portrayed clowns in less than a favourable light. Movies with titles such as “Fear of Clowns”, “The Clown Murders” and “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” hardly paint a positive image, and there are many examples in films and TV shows of murderers disguising themselves as clowns.
An unscientific poll around our office found that a number of people thought clowns were a bit scary, while perhaps the best demographic, the two-year-old son of another reporter, thought they were great.
Are clowns as popular with children as Krusty the Clown is in “The Simpsons”? Or do you think they are creepy? Send us your comments.