Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I just turned on BBC Breakfast (I feel I must as I am its only viewer. I appeared on the show last year, a pointless exercise under the circumstances, but, well, I felt I owed it to them). They issue a warning that a clown in full costume is about to appear. Seemingly the hidden plague of coulrophobia is now so serious that we all have to be warned about incoming clowns, rather as epileptics have to be warned about flash photography. This blog is deeply concerned about this appalling pestilence - see here, here, here, here and here. The Breakfast story is that images of clowns in hospitals are scaring children. In fact, 'clowns are universally disliked'. This raises the question, why clowns? It raises the further disturbing question, why do people become clowns? In order to scare children? A mere warning is not enough, it is time for an outright ban or, failing that, a cull. I suggest special hammers.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 8:13 am