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(Quote from the BBC article: Researcher Dr Penny Curtis said: "As adults we make assumptions about what works for children. We found that clowns are universally disliked by children. Some found them quite frightening and unknowable.")

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Note there are specific kinds of clowns in the real world. People may fear the ''[[http://famousclowns.org/history-of-clowns/clown-types-the-auguste-clown/ auguste]]'', the stereotypical clown who acts and dress the most flamboyantly. ''[[http://famousclowns.org/history-of-clowns/the-whiteface-clown-clown-types/ Whiteface]]'' clowns are unsettling because they are unexpectedly intelligent, even scheming. ''[[http://famousclowns.org/famous-clowns/happy-hobos-and-sad-tramps-character-of-the-tramp-and-hobo-clown/ Character clowns]]'' - like [[http://famousclowns.org/famous-clowns/emmett-kelly-sr-biography-world-famous-tramp-clown/ Emmett Kelly's "Weary Willie"]] - by contrast have very muted designs, and can be difficult to identify by the TV audience. You rarely see them anymore.

Real world clowns ''clown'': while clowning is intended to be funny, it can be received as ritualised (self) humiliation, and make modern audiences quite sick to the stomach.

That [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wayne_Gacy John Wayne Gacy]], one of the most famous serial killers in the United States, worked part-time as a clown doesn't really help their case. You don't want ''your'' kids around the Monster Clown, but the character's parents seem oblivious to their kid's fears. The AP [[CriticalResearchFailure once used a stock photo of Gacy for National Clown day]].

A 2007 [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7189401.stm University of Sheffield study]] found that both young and older children universally fear or dislike clown images. Now a lot of hospital wings for child patients will have to be repainted.
(Quote from the BBC article: Researcher Dr Penny Curtis said: "As adults we make assumptions about what works for children. We found that clowns are universally disliked by children. Some found them quite frightening and unknowable.")

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