“All the world loves a clown”
— “Be a Clown,” Cole Porter
That’s a memorable line from a grand old song.
Too bad it’s not true.
Fresh evidence re-confirming that not all the world loves a clown:
According to the British newspaper The Telegraph, plenty of folks lately have been creeped out by a clown who has been “terrifying residents in Northampton by standing around on street corners and staring at passers-by.”
The story reported that this particular clown first gained public notice on Sept. 13 —as in Friday the Thirteenth — and “bears a striking resemblance” to Pennywise from the 1990 miniseries “It,” based on the Stephen King novel of the same title. In case you missed that horror show, Pennywise specializes in mayhem, not mirth.
And that Pennywise look-alike in Northampton apparently aims to frighten.
From the Northampton Herald and Post: “He doesn’t juggle. He doesn’t twist balloons into animal shapes. He just stares.”
However, staring isn’t illegal. A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said last week: “We can confirm that we have neither arrested nor dealt with any crimes involving anyone dressed as a clown.”
Still, for those who suffer from coulrophobia (fear of clowns), this is no laughing matter.
And even if you’re not dressed up — and made up — like a clown, you shouldn’t stare at strangers.
It’s not polite.
And it’s certainly not funny.