When I was a little kid, Bozo the Clown was just about the coolest character there was.
OK, maybe he wasn’t quite as awesome as Rex Trailor, the TV cowboy, but he was still pretty fun. I used to watch Bozo on TV all the time. I even went to see him live one time! It was great.
Clowns were silly, funny, amusing. They used to be the grownups who didn’t act like grownups. We used to love clowns!
Now I find myself completely baffled and not particularly sympathetic when entire university campuses are put on lockdown because someone has allegedly spotted a (cough, cough) clown.
I mean, I understand the fear caused by the appearance of adults in strange makeup who try to lure kids into the woods. That original report by a little boy in S. Carolina was definitely spooky.
But now we have an entire country shaking in its boots because of…..um….clowns. Countless invisible clowns who haven’t actually done anything. Not one has been caught, arrested, or even questioned.
Seriously, folks? I mean, really?
In a world where families live with the constant threat of barrel bombs dropping on their homes, we are scared of clowns?
In a world where people have to fight for every bite of food for their children, we’re staying up at night because a guy with red nose is standing on the street?
I fear that we have lost our collective minds, America.
Last night I saw a message on Facebook warning people in my small, sheltered New England town to “Stay safe! Clown sightings in town! Keep windows up in your car!”
Why? Because he might squirt you with a flower on his lapel? He might squeak his nose at you?
Fellow Americans, we need to get a grip. The world is a beautiful place. There are so many things to love, enjoy, savor in the world around us.
And there are things to fear, too. Ignorance, hatred, greed. Fear those if you need to feel afraid. Superbugs, wars, famine, drought. Those are actual threats to our well being.
Come on. If you are living in fear of a clown, you have to admit that life for you is pretty damn sweet and you are actually incredibly safe.