What makes clowns so scary?

What makes clowns so scary? Personally I don't find them frightening at all but a lot of people claim to have a fear of them. But why? They're just people in face paint and silly wigs. Even the horror movie clowns aren't that scary until they start turning into freakish aliens from outer space which at that point can you really say you're being scared of the clown part of the creature?
I'm not trying to be a badass by saying that this common fear doesn't bother me but I'm genuinely curious what makes people scared of them.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Seanonymous

    uncanny valley. not knowing their intentions. anti-clown propaganda from Big Serious.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I don't get any uncanny valley vibes from clowns.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Seanonymous

        That's cause of your pale skin and rednose, It-anon.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    That image reminds me of /misc/ posters.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Ppl don't want the Trickster to be real so they fear it and everything that exemplifies it

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I already raped all my sleep paralysis demons so I can assure you, if a clown ever showed up 'neath my bed I would rape it too

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      you should write a book on that experience

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's the smile, the sense that they're laughing at YOU instead if the opposite way around. I wouldn't say it's Uncanny Valley, but it plays upon a similar reversal of power that can feel off. It's also very easy to see clowns' exaggerated features as deformed and infected instead of silly.

    Or maybe it's just because seeing something so unnaturally happy angers us inside, so we have a need to parody it by making it evil or tragic (Look at all the twisted parodies out there of children's characters). "Tragic" clowns date back to the earliest known versions of the art, and evil clowns were a cliche by the time of George Melies, so clearly it's an impulse a lot of people feel.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What if I told you Nephilim looked like clowns and jesters?

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Clowns are creepy and give off creepy vibes

    The most ancient clowns have been found in the Fifth Dynasty of Egypt,

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Clowns in Armenia

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      e.g their entire population

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Get underground, get to Mars!

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Are clowns feared outside of circumcising cultures? Women often do not fear clowns.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Probably they have their own version of what is feared in our clowns, colorful in-your-face beings of grotesque and malicious absurdity. But I'm from a circumcising culture and the silly mofos get me absolutely rock hard, so go figure

      this was for you friend, sorry to crush your angel nugs with these devil trips sorry

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The nephlim looked like clowns and also ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm did I mention that the The nephlim looked like clowns

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What is a good clown? Norm MacDonald, Shane Gillis, ect. Humor is meant to uplift the spirit. But if you invert that, you get those roast shows, which bring people down. Bad clowns bring people down by not taking anything seriously. Good clowns bring people up, but also take jack shit for serious. Some bad clowns: John Wayne gacy. It. That last one is fictional. But if you ask me....

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    As I see it, this is a trauma that starts in early childhood, and we are well aware that defensive emotional responses from the amygdala are learned even before the factual memory develops. This is btw the basis of the irrational phobias.

    In the case of a clown, you have facial recognition interrupted by colorful make up and that could be enough to confuse a kid, but also they are presented with a face with deformed features, and a big quantity of color concentrated around the mouth.
    Imagine an enormous puffy head, four times bigger than yours being so close, showing you teeths from an open mouth big enough to vore you, eyes seeking yours that renders you incapable to look away.

    Clows were intented to be entertaining from a distance in a theater, in person they are abhorrent creatures.

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >What makes clowns so scary?
    80% to 90% of human expression is derived from the eye muscles, and the rest by the other face muscles (mostly mouth). By painting over them with a solid colour they obfuscate said expressions, which is naturally off putting and sets off something primal in our lizard brains, kinda the same thing that sets off the response to the uncanny valley.

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I believe it has to do with the uncanny valley phenomena. They are humans but something is of with them and they have a painted facial expression on that don't reflect how they actually feel. I'm not afraid of clowns myself but the phobia seems reasonable.

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I never found them scary, and thought the idea was stupid and laughable.
    But after years of media propaganda portraying them as scary, I now think they are creepy.

  16. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's a meme. It's unsettling because other people are unsettled, and because the scary clown trope has been done to death. It's more common than actual clowns at this point.

  17. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I don't fear them either, I just think they look like gigantic tryhard homosexuals and feel nothing but derision.

  18. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    a middle aged fat guy in makeup is always horrifying

  19. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Probably they have their own version of what is feared in our clowns, colorful in-your-face beings of grotesque and malicious absurdity. But I'm from a circumcising culture and the silly mofos get me absolutely rock hard, so go figure

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