Despite centuries of mirth-making, clowns continue to be seen by many as fearsome figures, a stereotype that certainly isn’t refuted by this season of American Horror Story and the homicidal hijinks of deranged Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch).
One group that takes issue with this fearful portrayal of clowns is Clowns America International, a national organization for professional clowns, and the group’s president complains that this latest attempt to vilify the lovable clown has gone too far. “Hollywood makes money sensationalizing the norm,”; Clowns American International president Wayne Kohlberger tells The Hollywood Reporter. “They can take any situation no matter how good or pure and turn it into a nightmare.”;
Not suprisingly, Kohlberger says his group does not support the killer-clown storyline in American Horror Story: Freak Show: “We do not support in any way, shape or form any medium that sensationalizes or adds to coulrophobia. or “clown fear,’ “; he says.
Meanwhile, AHS co-creator Ryan Murphy reveals that Twisty’s origins and murderous motivation will be revealed in the season’s upcoming fourth episode. “There’s a big story that explains the clown and what he’s doing that’s based on an urban myth we uncovered,”; he says. “Our take is very unusual.”;
Murphy’s explanation, however, does little to address the concerns of Kohlberger, whose professional clown name is “Clyde D. Scope.”; In fact, Kohlberger says that Hollywood’s continual depiction of clowns as deranged lunatics and maniacal murderers just increases fear of clowns. “Clowns to killers,” he says. “I choose not to play into any of it. The more attention we give it just gives it more fuel.”