“American Horror Story” Causes Outrage

By Joseph Endler ‘15

The highly anticipated show “American Horror Story” is back with its fifth season “Freak Show.”

As the title implies, this new season is about a freak show filled with murderous clowns, conjoined twins, and other abnormal characters. This show is known for being one of the most graphic and terrifying shows on TV. American Horror Story lives up to its Mature Audience Only rating by including murders, stabbings, and rape scenes in the first episode.

Many shows cause outrage from the public, but rarely as much as American Horror Story. In the first episode, a killer clown is on the loose and is breaking into children’s homes and killing their parents. He then precedes to take the children and lock them up in a makeshift cage in the middle of a forest. This specific scene caused the outrage of many professional clowns from around the world. They were worried that this show could cause an increased fear and mistrust of clowns.

 A promotion for the show American Horror Story: Freak Show (Photo: Wikipedia)

A promotion for the show American Horror Story: Freak Show (Photo: Wikipedia)

Many people already have a deadly fears of clowns, diagnosed as coulrophobia. Coulrophobia is one of the most common fears among adults and children worldwide, and several websites are now dedicated to discussion of it. Ihateclown.com is a website started many years ago created by people who suffer from this fear. They even have shirts and other clothing items regarding their hate of clowns, for sale on the site.

One clown commented online, “We do not support in any way, shape or form any medium that sensationalizes or adds to coulrophobia or ‘clown fear.'”

All clowns are supposed to  follow a series of commandments called the “8 Clown Commandments.” They’re summarized to these basic rules:

1. I will keep my acts, performance and behavior in good taste while I am in costume and makeup.

2. I will learn to apply my makeup in a professional manner. I will provide my own costume. I will carry out my appearance and assignment for the entertainment of others and not for personal gain or personal publicity.

3. I will neither drink alcoholic beverages nor smoke while in makeup or clown costume. Also, I will not drink alcoholic beverages prior to any clown appearances.

4. I will remove my makeup and change into my street clothes as soon as possible following my appearance, so that I cannot be associated with any incident that may be detrimental to the good name of clowning.

5. While on appearance in makeup and costume, I will carry out the directives of the producer or his designated deputies. I will abide by all performance rules without complaint in public.

6. I will do my very best to maintain the best clown standards of makeup, costuming, properties, and comedy.

7. I will appear in as many clown shows as I possibly can.

8. I will be committed to providing an atmosphere free of discrimination and harassment for clowns of all ages to share ideas and learn about the art of clowning.

Hopefully if all clowns can follow these rules that they have set up, they may be able to convince people that clowns are nothing to be scared of. To keep up with the drama and controversy of American Horror Story, it airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.