British clowns are concerned at the current wave of clown-fear.
Tony Eldridge, secretary of Clowns International which represents the entertainers in Britain, said the situation had escalated beyond harmless fun. Eldridge, whose clown name is Bluebottle, said: "This is doing clowning no favours and is harming society."
Eldridge/Bluebottle quickly admits to clown-fear:
"The people behind it might see it as a bit of a laugh, but for the victims it can be a horrible experience. "The fear of clowns – coulrophobia – is a real thing and some people will react very badly to this. Not to mention people who are elderly or vulnerable."
The Guardian helpfully adds this image: charming or terrifying?
(thanks to Chris Worden)