Welcome Victims!! It's time for another blog…
It's 11.48pm - Wednesday night - the What The Frak Podcast has been recorded and I'm sitting in the dark at home with The Conjuring on TV (a horror movie). A strong wind is blowing outside my window, causing my door to make a small knocking noise every few seconds. It’s October and the spirit of Halloween is in the air (for me anyway).
As a cosplayer and absolute horror movie junkie, October is a fun time. But this year, even if you're not a horror junkie like myself, you might have noticed a small (scary) trend happening internationally.
I’m talking about clowns. Street clowns.
It's no secret that they're here - they've announced it everywhere - in our neighbourhoods. Standing in the dark. Waiting for us to go find them.
Tonight we spoke about these clowns on the What The Frak Podcast.
Ok, let's cut to the chase…
A bunch of viral videos have circulated the internet for a while - people dressing as clowns, hiding out in dimly lit alley ways, parking lots, public parks and outside people's windows - they wait for people to come along and then they chase them around and scare the pants off of them with a hidden camera capturing the “hilarious” footage of scared victims.
Lately this clown popularity - in America, Australia and online - has increased. And the big question is, why?
Is it a guerrilla marketing scheme used to promote a particular movie that features a very popular clown? Or is it a combination of horror loving humans and their excitement for the month of Halloween?
Personally, I think it's a combination of viral internet content mixed with the spirit of Halloween, flowing through people's veins!!
As cool as clowns are (I love clowns) this recent increase in the clown population has stirred a little trouble among people who aren't so fond of big feet and squeaky noses. So much so that the police have become involved, sending out warnings against “copycat behaviour” for anyone thinking of stepping out in their oversized clown shoes.
Clowns are also literally being beaten up by people.
I believe Homey the Clown said it best when he said, “I have no business being a clown! I'm leaving the clowning business to all the other clowns in the clowning business!”
Whether it’s a crazy marketing scheme or just over excited Halloween lovers, be careful when you choose to step out in your best pair of colourful overalls and red nose for Halloween festivities.