Wendy Pincus, 52, a professional drunken clown says rash of 'creepy clown' sightings is dragging good clowns down
Bogus bozos may be bad for the clown business — but they’re great for sales of clown costumes.
A veteran childhood entertainer says her calendar has been a little sparse this month, just as tales of creepy clowns popping up in strange places have filled the country’s imagination.
“(This) past week I’ve wondered. I started thinking that it might have an effect,” Wendy Pincus, 52, told the Daily News Tuesday.
Usually the entertainer, who’s been clowning around for 20 years, does as many as four performances a week. But recently that’s been down to one or two bookings — definitely not normal for the first week in October.
“Maybe the parents think the kids might be scared, or maybe they’re stereotyping based on what they see in the media without really stopping to analyze?” said the owner of Crazy Daisy Clowns. “They might think all clowns are out to scare kids, which isn't so.”
Pincus says troublemakers who post crazed creepy clown pictures on Facebook and other social media are bringing the whole profession down.
“They aren’t even real clowns, they’re just wearing scary masks ... and then all of a sudden when someone sees a picture they say all clowns are scary,” Pincus said.