If you hate clowns…

posted at 4:40 pm on January 16, 2008 by Bryan

…you’re not alone.

A survey found that decorating wards with images of clowns was more likely to frighten young patients than cheer them up.

More than 250 children aged between four and 16 were asked for their opinions – and every single one said they disliked clowns as part of hospital decor.

Even some of the older children said they found clowns scary, Nursing Standard magazine reported.

Well, yeah. Clowns are scary.

If you really hate clowns, don’t watch this video.

The hospital in the survey went back to plain walls with a few decorations here and there. Good move.

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i hate clowns
i wanna sue steven king for it

Defector01 on January 16, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Great screencap, Bryan.

I predict a lot of 2 a.m. posts by scarred Hot Air commenters.

Slublog on January 16, 2008 at 4:43 PM

My collie says:

Trust your dog. Clowns are psychos.

CyberCipher on January 16, 2008 at 4:45 PM

I for one HATE clowns. There evil, with there beaty little eyes and there heads so full of lies.

Jacob Hammond on January 16, 2008 at 4:46 PM

WHAT THE **** DID I JUST WATCH????

Oh, it was another scientology video, this one detailing their induction process.

MadisonConservative on January 16, 2008 at 4:46 PM

That video will give me nightmares tonight. Thanks, Bryan.

AbaddonsReign on January 16, 2008 at 4:46 PM

If most people hate clowns, how did the Dems get this far?

thejackal on January 16, 2008 at 4:47 PM

I thought this was going to be another Huckabee thread.

lan astaslem on January 16, 2008 at 4:47 PM

John W. Gacy was a clown. He was indeed scary.

BL@KBIRD on January 16, 2008 at 4:47 PM

Don’t like clowns. I’ve seen far too many on the hustings these days…oh, you mean circus clowns…..

The only clown I can stand is the Joker.

ScottG on January 16, 2008 at 4:48 PM

gotta admit rodeo clowns are insane but funny while normal clowns are well…creepy…

Tacitus on January 16, 2008 at 4:48 PM

If most people hate clowns, how did the Dems get this far?

thejackal on January 16, 2008 at 4:47 PM

Because people vote for clowns out of fear.

Jacob Hammond on January 16, 2008 at 4:48 PM

I think that Ron Paul should be permitted to participate in the debates…as long as he is dressed as a clown.

CyberCipher on January 16, 2008 at 4:49 PM

Fear of clowns is irrational. Be afraid of something that can actually hurt you, like sharks and bears.

I bet these kids aren’t afraid of Ronald McDonald, are they. Make Ronald mean and scarey and perhaps our kids’ll drop a few pounds.

Tony737 on January 16, 2008 at 4:51 PM

This theater is 4 blocks from my apartment.

Bill C on January 16, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Bingo needs to ease up on the LSD.

Spirit of 1776 on January 16, 2008 at 4:52 PM

I got to hang out once on the Ringling Bros train. They are scarier than you even know…..

bbz123 on January 16, 2008 at 4:52 PM

I think that Ron Paul should be permitted to participate in the debates…as long as he is dressed as a clown.

Truth in advertising.

mogilla on January 16, 2008 at 4:52 PM

You want scary? This is scary.

amerpundit on January 16, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Fear of clowns is irrational. Be afraid of something that can actually hurt you, like sharks and bears religious demagogues.

Tony737 on January 16, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Fixed.

Bill C on January 16, 2008 at 4:53 PM

meh, clows are cool. I have a circus clown painting from the 1950′s hanging in my guest bedroom

offroadaz on January 16, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Fear of clowns is irrational. Be afraid of something that can actually hurt you, like sharks and bears.
Tony737 on January 16, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Fear of clowns is not irrational, there are the parriond and there are the dead.

Jacob Hammond on January 16, 2008 at 4:56 PM

Meh, clowns don’t bother me. It’s MANNEQUINS!!! BRRRR!!!! (and I have an irrational fear of escalators)

robblefarian on January 16, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Great googly moogly that’s Cirque du Soleil on acid.

Brat on January 16, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Fear of clowns is irrational. Be afraid of something that can actually hurt you, like demagogues.

Fixed.

No reason to specify what kind of demagogue…I’m pretty sure they are all pretty scary.

Asher on January 16, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Fear of clowns is irrational. Be afraid of something that can actually hurt you, like sharks and bears.

Tony737 on January 16, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Gacy.

MadisonConservative on January 16, 2008 at 4:59 PM

Awww…I thought I got a link for this…Bryan, I’m sending Pennywise after you.

doubleplusundead on January 16, 2008 at 5:00 PM

I tend to think ventriloquist dummies are MUCH SCARIER
but the worst of all is this

because if you really want to scare kids, you make your ventriloquist dummy a clown.

RightisRight on January 16, 2008 at 5:00 PM

But we can all agree that the scariest kind of clown is the
mime, right?

My collie says:

The things that they do are unspeakable.

CyberCipher on January 16, 2008 at 5:00 PM

*BEEP BEEP* PRESTON!!!

doubleplusundead on January 16, 2008 at 5:02 PM

I tend to think ventriloquist dummies are MUCH SCARIER but the worst of all is this
because if you really want to scare kids, you make your ventriloquist dummy a clown.

RightisRight on January 16, 2008 at 5:00 PM

hah Im inclined to agree, something about that dummie sitting there all alone and then suddenly coming to life ;)

offroadaz on January 16, 2008 at 5:04 PM

You want scary? This is scary.

amerpundit on January 16, 2008 at 4:52 PM

I beg to differ THIS is scary

RightisRight on January 16, 2008 at 5:05 PM

I tend to think ventriloquist dummies are MUCH SCARIER…

RightisRight on January 16, 2008 at 5:00 PM

Oh, I dunno. I was thinking that “Achmed the dead terrorist” is kinda’ cuddly, actually.

CyberCipher on January 16, 2008 at 5:06 PM

What I really hate is clown paintings. I live in Chicagoland and there used to be a restaurant called the “Barnum and Bagel”. Really! LOL.

The food was pretty good but all those clown paintings,,,,yuck! Once was enough.

Conservaboomer on January 16, 2008 at 5:07 PM

Deep Thoughts with Jack Handey:

To me, clowns aren’t funny. In fact, they’re kind of scary. I’ve wondered where this started and I think it goes back to the time I went to the circus, and a clown killed my dad.

On the other hand, sometimes clowns can actually be kinda hot.

ReubenJCogburn on January 16, 2008 at 5:07 PM

I beg to differ THIS is scary

RightisRight on January 16, 2008 at 5:05 PM

Ewwwww!

thejackal on January 16, 2008 at 5:07 PM

What the bloody f’in’ell was THAT??

tickleddragon on January 16, 2008 at 5:11 PM

What in God’s name was that?
Was it a Ron Paul ad?

Capitana on January 16, 2008 at 5:12 PM

That video had a little bit of Terry Gilliam (sp?) influence. Too weird.

Aggie85 on January 16, 2008 at 5:13 PM

Democrats are clowns and their policies are scary.

azcop on January 16, 2008 at 5:14 PM

I googled “clown union” to see if there was a professional organization that could counter these dangerously misleading study. I couldn’t find anything, though this clown union should have been on the search results somewhere.

ninjapirate on January 16, 2008 at 5:16 PM

Defector01 – so true. I blame Pennywise

spacekicker on January 16, 2008 at 5:16 PM

That video was…

I don’t know. I just couldn’t stop watching. It was horrifying.

Ughhh.

nailinmyeye on January 16, 2008 at 5:17 PM

symbolism : this video represents what are healthcare will look like under HILLARY! sweet dreams Bingo

custer on January 16, 2008 at 5:21 PM

On the other hand, sometimes clowns can actually be kinda hot.
ReubenJCogburn on January 16, 2008 at 5:07 PM

Dang. I’ll have some Camel to* with my Big Mac, please.

Shirotayama on January 16, 2008 at 5:22 PM

When I was 5 years old, my older sister and I went to a friend’s house for a birthday party. Shortly after we arived this guy with loud clothes, huge red shoes and paint all over his face came tumbling down the stairs leading from the family room to the living room.

Thud, thud, tumble, tumble, tumble, CRASH!

Needless to say all the kids began screaming and crying hysterically as if the boogey man himself had just marched into the room.

I’m certain every child in that room, including yours truly, was afraid of clowns well into their teenage years.

12thman on January 16, 2008 at 5:25 PM

Regarding the video…wtf?

baldilocks on January 16, 2008 at 5:46 PM

Thats not a scary clown.
THIS is a scary clown:
http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/clownshow

Capitana on January 16, 2008 at 5:48 PM

I’ve been inspired…

Huck-a-bingo!

sleepy-beans on January 16, 2008 at 5:48 PM

I feel as though we’ve had a sneak peek inside Keith Olberman’s head.

baldilocks on January 16, 2008 at 5:54 PM

Olby the clown?

CyberCipher on January 16, 2008 at 6:28 PM

Guns don’t kill people…clowns kill people.

Coronagold on January 16, 2008 at 6:34 PM

I feel as though we’ve had a sneak peek inside Keith Olberman’s head.

No, that would be Dante’s tenth circle.

EyeSurgeon on January 16, 2008 at 7:02 PM

Bingo needs to ease up on the LSD.

Spirit of 1776 on January 16, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Exactly my thought: bad trip gone badder.

Tzetzes on January 16, 2008 at 7:06 PM

_ _ _ _ O

_ _ _ _ O

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And Bingo was his name, oh!

madmonkphotog on January 16, 2008 at 7:10 PM

what I could sit through was unbearably stupid and pointless

urbancenturion on January 16, 2008 at 7:35 PM

I’ve hated clowns ever since Poltergeist when the clown came from under the bed to scare Carrie Ann!!! Under-the-bed monsters have ALWAYS scared me!!!!! YIKES…. Thanks, Bryan. ;-)

MsUnderestimated on January 16, 2008 at 7:50 PM

Clownphobia (whatever the psychological name is) is something I just don’t understand, unless you are a young child.

The scariest guy I’ve ever met wore a Bill Clinton mask on Halloween.

Weebork on January 16, 2008 at 8:43 PM

I gotchyer clown right here.

Frozen Tex on January 16, 2008 at 8:46 PM

Believe it or not, this video was shown to my high school as part of an anti-drug assembly.

No, I’m not kidding.

Hawkins1701 on January 16, 2008 at 8:47 PM

And to think, they were once a threat to the modern world…

From the bottom of my heart I thank you President Reagan. RIP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lNFRLrP014&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Elittlegreenfootballs%2Ecom%2Fweblog%2Fweblog%2Ephp

Gunny on January 16, 2008 at 8:52 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw7Wh1rRHZA

much better choice, imo.

And the Devil is built right in!

Asher on January 16, 2008 at 8:54 PM

can’tsleepclownswillgetme… can’tsleepclownswillgetme… can’tsleepclownswillgetme… can’tsleepclownswillgetme…

Frozen Tex on January 16, 2008 at 9:01 PM

My oldest daughter is deathly afraid of clowns… of course it probably has something to do with her older friend inviting her over and watching IT… at the age of 10!

Did I mention she’s STILL deathly afraid of clowns?

(I just find them creepy.)

dominigan on January 16, 2008 at 9:19 PM

“Hello Allah… Maybe I am Allah, Allah the Pundit.”

Mister Ghost on January 16, 2008 at 9:40 PM

I saw that clip ages ago. Funny how it goes to a somewhat funny skit to a rather creepy looking CGI clip

LordDaMan on January 16, 2008 at 10:37 PM

Remember Beelzebub the Clown? (G-rated until :30, gets more “PG” later in the clip)

inviolet on January 16, 2008 at 10:59 PM

BTW: for some reason ClownGirl was the scariest thing in that acid-trip clip. Like the little stone/stick arrangements in Blair Witch Project: harmless yet terrifying.

inviolet on January 16, 2008 at 11:03 PM

What could possibly be frightening about caricatures of a human being, with unnaturally swollen appendages and a deathly pallor, that jerk spasmodically around a darkened arena and feign mortal wounds on each other.

Why, no child could ever develop terrible nightmares about that.

I think that video is probably how they get people to start the dark path to clowndom.

Also WRT the video, I am SO going to be going up to people and saying “Hi, Bingo” for MONTHS.

Merovign on January 16, 2008 at 11:13 PM

Hades hates clowns, too (they do, however, taste like chicken).
Hades appreciates the artistry of Chris Landreth (the filmmaker of Bingo, The End, and Ryan) and believes the entire sequence is CGI (and was made many years ago).

Hades69 on January 16, 2008 at 11:24 PM

All clowns must die or be deported!

CliffHanger on January 16, 2008 at 11:33 PM

Yes I fear clowns so much I cannot watch the video. I despise mimes but even as a kid I hated clowns and did not want them near me.

Clowns are supposed to be friends. They wear baggy clothes and carry props yet they make up their faces in ways that are not cute or friendly. They are aggressive and in your face. Every kid knows he can beat a mime to pulp if he has to, but a clown can kill

I also hate punch and judy shows. Stinking hand puppets that scream at each other in high voices and beat each other with clubs. Sissy european sock puppet trolls. Any kid could beat up a Punch or Judy but that is like killing flies. There is no glory and they will come back anyway.

entagor on January 17, 2008 at 2:02 AM

I just realized why I hate clowns. They suck up to the parents and trick them into thinking they are friends of kids, but every kid knows the clown is really evil and deadly

The kids feel helpless because the clown has total control over the parent, rendering the parent useless for protectng kids

A kid is never more alone than when Mom or Dad tells them to go see the nice clown and the clown stares at them with those black beady eyes. The smile is painted on but the kid can see the yellow teeth and the sneer

entagor on January 17, 2008 at 2:06 AM

Clowns (and Klowns) are actually demon aliens from Outer Space. I’ve seen the Documentary… it’s chilling. It’s called, oddly enough, Killer Klowns from Outer Space. I watched the film, and learned… I’ll never look at Cotton Candy the same way again!!!

Mr Michael on January 17, 2008 at 2:23 AM

“Clownphobia (whatever the psychological name is)” ..

I don’t know but I am definitely going with it not being called “Clownphobia”. (insert squealy uncontrollably annoying wicked clown laugh here) Could you imagine a fellow bespectacled professor sitting in the conservatory lunchroom with the other professors offering up his new condition name. They would be like, what, did we call fear of heights Heightsphobia? No, we gave it a fancy schmancy name like agoraphobia. You schmeel! This has Farside cartoon potential.

pc on January 17, 2008 at 3:15 AM

entagor,
you win this thread and, uh, well, uh, ok then.

pc on January 17, 2008 at 3:18 AM

Gunny on January 16, 2008 at 8:52 PM

Don’t know which is more bizarre, Bryan’s video or yours.

srhoades on January 17, 2008 at 8:24 AM

Wow, art imitates life.
This happen to me in real life at a costume party I attended.
I was dressed as a space alien complete with blue face and antenna. Some drunks insisted I was Gandalf and we got into quite the yelling match of “am not” “are to”. It end the same way as the video with me agreeing just to get rid of the psycho party drunks. It was the last time I went dressed in a costume to a party.

According to a psychology class I took clowns are scary because they hide their true emotions. They have painted on smiles, eyes and oversize clothing that hides their true expressions and body language. People don’t trust them because they can’t read them. The same thing applies to costumed characters as many little kids are really afraid of people dressed as Mickey Mouse or Goofy.

jmarcure on January 17, 2008 at 9:20 AM

That survey is hogwash. Where did they find these kids? The psych ward?

Clown acts are always popular. For 12 years, I was part of a clown troupe. We were the biggest thrill the kids in the audience have experienced in their lives.

I guess if the showed pics of John Wayne Gacey in a clown suit, then told the kids, “He’s a convicted murderer of hundreds of kids 4 to 16″, it might influence their opinion.

Another influence is if they saw the great slasher film, “Killer Clowns from Outer Space”.

People who are scared of clowns scare me, because they can’t deal with the reality that clowns are just people in make up.People who can not deal with reality have a psychotic streak running in them. Often it is repressed, only to be released at times of high stress, turning them into maniacal killers.

Sensei Ern on January 17, 2008 at 9:35 AM

That medical marijuana prescription is a little stronger than usual today, no?

Captain Scarlet on January 17, 2008 at 10:52 AM

Thanks for showing this, Bryan. It’s been a few years since I saw it on Tech TV (G4). Good stuff.

Doug on January 17, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Okay, since the topic is fear of/hating clowns, I had to find a video on YouTube of Randy Stonehill’s “Baby Hates Clowns”. All I could find was this, which has Japanese video mixed to Randy’s song. Pretty interesting anyway. Gotta like this song:

Baby Hates Clowns

Snidely Whiplash on January 17, 2008 at 12:54 PM

I will never sleep again … again-o…..

Ludwig on January 17, 2008 at 3:06 PM