The clown anxiety wave continues.
ITEM: British tabloids have crossed the streams of coulrophobia and coulrophilia, yielding not only an epic demonstration of Rule 34 but also dragging child predation fear into the daylight, with a side order of sex panic:
The basic premise of the story is that some men get off on women dressed as creepy clowns, they're causing a spike in clown-porn searches and clown-fetish requests at escort services, and soon their "sick fetish" may lead them to commit real-world sexual assaults "as the adrenaline junkies seek more 'extreme thrills'."
ITEM: a BBC piece from earlier this week does a good job of summarizing British stories. It also adds some analysis and nice images, like so:
A contributor to the Spotted: Loughborough Facebook page said: "I was walking through Shelthorpe cemetery via the footpath next to the school. I was approached by what can only be described as a clown with an axe. I have never been so terrified in my life."