Clowns aren’t my favorite thing in the world, but I wouldn’t say that I have a strong fear of them. Spiders on the other hand, those are definite nopes.
If you haven’t heard from the news, there have been several reports of people wearing creepy clown masks in several states, and some have been reported committing crimes. And with Halloween approaching fast, many people are wondering if the sightings are going to increase.
But Jana, Where Did It All Start?
Honestly, I have no idea but according to Ozarks First and several other news stations, it all started in Greenville South Carolina where clowns were supposedly trying to lure children into the woods with promises of money in late August. From there, sightings spread like wildfire to other states such as Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Maryland and now Missouri.
Some police reports say that many calls that have come in have proved to be false. Near our beloved city, there was a clown standing in the middle of Republic Road by Republic High School and scared the crud out of some people driving at night. That being said, while it isn’t wise to stand in the middle of a dark road at night, it isn’t necessarily illegal to wear a mask either. So while there are no creepy crime-committing clowns in Springfield, there has been a report or two of clowns standing around minding their own business.
I honestly don’t know how I feel about this – if there was a guy standing in the middle of the road, I would just be annoyed. I probably would have screamed if I was driving at night and there was a clown in the middle of the road – that doesn’t exactly sit well with me, but it isn’t illegal.
I think the thing that makes clowns so scary to people is their vague appearance – without clearly defined features we, as humans, tend to shy away. In fact, one of my favorite youtube channels gives an in-depth explanation as to why this is. Check it out when you have nine (9) minutes.
Wrapping things up, could this just be a modern-day Salem? Could mass hysteria and fear be fueling this strange outbreak of pranks? My personal opinion is to keep calm and not make a big hairy deal out of it. In fact, I haven’t read anything about any knife-wielding jesters in Springfield – just that one guy who stood in the middle of the road at night, in Republic. Not safe, but not illegal…unless said clown was jay-walking.
That being said, many authorities are asking people to not dress up as a clown as it could create a hostile situation. I suppose it is because people tend to attack what it is they don’t understand – and this is something I, along with many other citizens, do not understand. Spiders are a great example! If I see a spider, I scream and run in the opposite direction, and wait for someone strong and brave to save me…this could take days. And the only thing scarier than a spider is seeing it and then not being able to find it. Yeesh! If however, said spider talked, I think I would be much more chill about the whole situation.
“WOAH! Hey spider, you scared me!”
“Sorry ma’am, just spinning my web.”
“No problem – but could you do it in the corner? I am vacuuming tomorrow and I don’t want to destroy your hard work.”
“Oh hey, how thoughtful – thank you so much for your consideration!”
“You’re welcome mister spider.”
“That’s ‘miss’ spider to you.”
Do you see what a little understanding can bring? PEACE! Peace is brought about through understanding. But do spiders talk? No – no they don’t. Hence my apprehension (I don’t know what they are thinking). This doesn’t mean you should walk up to said clown and spark up a conversation if you are getting a bad vibe – trust your instincts folks, but don’t get trigger happy!