There’s been near-univeral praise for the trailer for the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It, from the atmosphere, to the kids, to the malevolence conveyed by the new Pennywise thanks to actor Bill Skarsgård. The trailer, while not setting any records, did get a lot of hits in its first few days on YouTube as its renown creepiness had to be seen to be believed, but not everyone was happy with It. Seriously, who would be mad at a horror movie about kids being preyed upon by a monster that takes the form of a creepy clown? How about actual clowns?
“It’s gonna be bad for clowns,” said Guilford “Gilly” Adams, a professional clown who was interviewed by Mel Magazine.
“We just experienced a nice break from the scary clown meme from last October,” added Nick Kane, who goes by the nom de clown, Mr. Nick. “And just when things are starting to normalize, the IT trailer comes and it’s like, ‘Here we go again.'”
Of course, this is not entirely It’s fault. There is such a thing as Coulrophobia, AKA: a fear of clowns, and granted it was propagated in no small way by the original novel and TV miniseries It, but a lot of that has to be owed by John Wayne Gacy, who was arrested in 1978 for the murder of 33 young men. His hobby of choice: dressing as Pogo the Clown and appearing at fundraisers, parades and children’s parties. Perhaps Pogo, and not Pennywise, should be taking the blame…
“It’s a dying profession. And the people who do it and scrape together a living have to grapple with the fact that it’s cool and hip not to like clowns,” Adams added. “No one sticks up for a clown. The only thing cooler to dislike is a mime. It’s silly and stupid, and I wish people would focus on the good clowns out there.”
It will be in theatres everywhere on September 8. And maybe after that, throw a bone by hiring a local clown.
Source: Cinema Blend