American Horror Story: Freak Show features a number, well, freaks this season.
There’s a biker with deformed hands. There’s a woman with two heads. And there’s a hermaphrodite with three breasts.
But there’s also a killer clown on the loose – and it’s this character who is causing some problems for viewers around the country. Specifically, for clowns who are NOT killers.
“Hollywood makes money sensationalizing the norm,” says Glenn Kohlberger, President of Clowns of America International, to The Hollywood Reporter. “They can take any situation, no matter matter how good or pure, and turn it into a nightmare.”
Dubbed “Twisty” and played by John Carroll Lynch, the clown has already committed many murders through just two American Horror Story: Freak Show episodes.
He’s also locked a couple people up in his scary bus.
And Kohlberger isn’t happy about the way this clown is being portrayed. He says Twisty is giving carefree, fun, non-homicidal clowns a bad name.
“We do not support in any way, shape or form any medium that sensationalizes or adds to coulrophobia or ‘clown fear,’ ” Kohlberger says.
Of course, television can’t be blamed entirely for how some folks view clowns in a negative light: in 1978, John Wayne Gacy was arrested for killing and raping at least 33 boys while simultaneously performing as Pogo the Clown.
Now that’s some scary stuff. Even scarier that a hermaphrodite with three breasts.
Kohlberger’s beef, meanwhile, hasn’t affected ratings for this Ryan Murphy-produced drama: It recently aired its most-watched premiere of all-time and it’s already been renewed for Season 5.
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