This is part of a series of articles to combat coulrophobia (the fear of clowns), educate the uninformed public about the consequences of masquerading as “scary clowns”, and defend #REALCLOWN. CLICK HERE to read the other articles to help combat the “creepy clown” stereotype.
Okay, it’s time for a #RealClown to roll up their sleeves and get back to work!
We have to gain the public’s trust again.
First, take a moment to read up on my latest blog posts regarding the “Killer Clown” phenomenon:
- Real clowns are the real victims of these pranks
- Unprofessional journalism did further damage to real clowns
It’s pretty serious business, isn’t it? Real clowns losing jobs, being told to leave a building, having the police suspect us.
It’s no joke.
We have to rebuild our good name
Well, that harebrained scheme multiplied into three ideas! I already posted one part of it in last week’s blog. I asked you to send letters to Halloween costume retailers.
Now I have something else for you to do: Hand out business cards.
Not just ANY business card.
This is a special one.
Clowns are multi-faceted magical creatures. That means we can be serious at times, too. Feel free to do some educating while you are entertaining.
Let’s hand these cards out to anyone we think needs to be re-educated on what a REAL Clown is, and what a clown is NOT.
One side of the card says –
- Are friendly people in make-up & costume
- Donate time & resources to charity events
- Visit nursing homes and hospitals
- Make people smile and laugh, brightening a weary world
- Are your friends and family
The backside says –
A CLOWN IS NOT:
- Someone in a scary mask or make-up
- Someone who wants to frighten or harm you
- Someone who disrespects your boundaries
…Those people are misguided creeps.
They scare us too!
I also recommend having some inexpensive red foam noses to hand out along with the cards, just in case you convert an audience member into a clown supporter. Both the noses and business cards are small enough to keep in your pocket while you are performing.
Let’s take a stand for who we are and what we do!
Get your friends to do it too! We can make a difference if we all try.
Please leave a comment at the bottom if you plan on handing out these cards. Let me know how it works for you!
Let’s get #REALCLOWN trending
I’ve tried to post as much as possible on Facebook and Twitter with links to these articles. I hope they help to educate and elucidate.
When I post I include the hashtag #RealClown.
I want it to spread. Please use it on all your social media posts! Let’s splash photos of FUN and FRIENDLY clowns all over the internet to cover up the images of scary clowns.
It’s very EASY way for you to make a statement if you are on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc.). Take one of your happy clown club photos and put #RealClowns on it. If you don’t have Photoshop, there are plenty of free apps and meme-making websites out there.
Post it online and be sure to include the hashtag #RealClown in the text.
Let’s blanket the internet with photos of HAPPY clowns to cover up all those yucky scary pictures of the imposters.
Want to get fired up for clowning?
After this dismal Halloween season, we need to be inspired again. Clowns cannot go into hiding. Now, more than ever, we need to show our smiles and spread our joy. I have 15 articles to keep you from getting depressed and to get you more active.
Being more proactive about defending the clown arts:
Practical ways to make your clown more approachable:
Inspirational articles on why clowns are AWESOME:
And more reasons why the #RealClown and Halloween don’t mix:
Another GREAT way to get your batteries recharged is by being around a big group of clowns. The support you feel and creative energy you generate is like nothing else on earth! I heartily recommend that you come to Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp this summer to be re-inspired.
These recent “killer clown” events have shocked us all, and it is easy to be discouraged. Come join the family at Moose Camp and re-discover your love of clowning!
- Make improvements to your performance and be better than before.
- Post photos of your fun clown friends with the hashtag #REALCLOWN on social media
- Be a part of our letter-writing campaign to keep scary clown masks & costumes out of stores
- Hand out our cards educating people what a REAL CLOWN is
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Whether you want to join the circus, visit nursing homes, run your own birthday party business, paint faces, or twist balloons, there is something just for you at Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp.
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