If you could banish one thing from the earth – tangible or intangible – what would it be?
I have to admit I’ve spent all weekend trying to figure out how to put a funny spin on some of the questions BlogHer is having me answer this week. This happens to be one I struggled with; I mean, there are lots of things that I’d love to banish, like hunger, pain, death, turtlenecks, and Furbies. But to write a whole post on them, the idea well just seemed to go dry.
But then, I remembered one thing that especially freaks me out, which I would love to be banished forever and always:
Google tells me this fear is called coulrophobia. I’m not sure in what parallel universe people think clowns are enjoyable to be around. Most of their humor comes from self-inflicted pain, though YouTube and the viral videos tell me people find amusing. But, I’m not sure I can trust someone who needs to paint on a smile or has skin whiter than I am.
The story I heard in high school of the midget clown serial killer hiding in a baby’s room when the baby sitter was home alone didn’t really help either, I guess. I might have been a little freaked out the next time I babysat my neighbor’s daughters. And then there’s the movie It when the clown eats children. How charming.
So, BlogHer, if I was going to banish one thing, I’d go for eliminating hunger and AIDS. But, if I have to choose a runner up, please banish the clowns. Please and thank you.