Coulrophobia – (The Fear of Clowns)

30owendippieAbove street art is by Owen Dippie, (OD) a street artist / graffiti artist / muralist from New Zealand.  You can find out more about Owen Dippie via his website  or follow him on his Blog. The artwork commemorates Heath Ledger’s role as ‘The Joker’.

There is a new world-wide phenomenon which is happening through many countries including the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Australia, to mention just a few. This new craze involves ‘Creepy Clowns’ or ‘Scary Clowns’ – or in particular, people dressing up in ‘horror’ clown costumes and committing ‘malice’ amongst unsuspecting members of the community. This can be particularly alarming for those who suffer from coulrophobia – the fear of clowns.

  • The increase of the crazy-creepy clown sightings have ‘ramped up’ due to Halloween preparations.
  • The first sighting was on 19 August, in Greenville, South Carolina when a boy claimed that two creepy clowns tried to entice him into a forest.
  • By October, 2016, there were sighting in the UK and other towns around the world.

One of the more famous ‘Creepy Clowns’ belongs to ‘The Joker” from the Batman series, and in particular the one featured in the Batman movie “The Dark Knight”.

This was Perth (Australia) born actor Heath Ledger’s last role before his untimely death on 22 January, 2008 at the age of 28, in his apartment in Soho, Manhattan.

“The Joker”referred to himself as an ‘Agent of Chaos’ and Ledger described him as a psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy.

However, there are counter-clown movements developing who are trying to take the ‘modern day’ creepiness away from clowns and take them back to the ‘good old days’ in circus arenas in times gone by, who entertained children with their own peels of laughter, whilst witnessing the antics of the comic clowns.

30twe-crew Street art featured above is by the French TWE Crew whose members are reportedly: Athor2 (Tarbes),  Nitch (Bayonne), Skuze (Paris), and Deza (also from Paris).

 

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