Real clowns not laughing about “creepy clown threats”
LUDLOW, Ky. (WKRC) – After a lengthy interview about the recent “Creepy Clown threats,” Circus Mojo creator Paul Miller walked across his office, grabbed three knives, started juggling and said what was really on his mind.
“Any clown can stand there in the forest and go ERRRRR,” Miller said while pausing to hold one of the knives to his throat. “But they don’t have the skills to really juggle the knives so it’s a little bit different. Anyone can dress up and scare people. But they’re posers. They’re phonies.”
Miller, who spent several years as a featured clown with the Ringling Brothers “Greatest Show on Earth” Circus, said he’s not angered by the phony clowns but thinks what they are doing is a “cheap shot” to a time-tested art form.
“It’s not effecting my business but it does affect people’s perceptions.”
The “Creepy Clown threats” started in the Carolinas where police received complaints about men dressed as clowns trying to lure children into the woods. Earlier this week the threats made their way to the Tri-State. On Tuesday, September 27, a Franklin, Ohio woman called police and complained that a man dressed as a clown chased her into her apartment. The same day, a clown-related social media threat prompted parents in Gallatin County, Kentucky to keep their children home from school. Attendance was cut in half. On Wednesday a Facebook post prompted Covington police to monitor buses arriving at the Holmes High School campus. No one has been injured in any of the local incidents and only the Franklin call was more than an online ruse but people are concerned.
“I don’t want to be discriminated against. Not all clowns are the same,” said Gretchen Cox whose alter ego, Cookie the Clown, is a fixture at Coney Island. “It makes me nervous. When I go on a birthday party this weekend are people going to be frightened of me if I stop and get gas? Are they going to make a big deal or be nice to me? Are they going to be mean to me?”