Professional clowns angered by nationwide creepy clown hysteria

Posted at 7:09 PM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 22:09:07-04

Creepy clowns have recently been threatening to come after people.

The nationwide hysteria is now angering local professionals who get paid to entertain people.

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'Wower the Clown' and 'Grandma Hugs' make a living being silly and putting a smile on people's faces.

"For me I enjoy watching other people have fun and that makes me have fun," Rose Marie Ballard said.

Rose Marie Ballard, who's a mother of five, says she became a clown to spread joy.

Although she and Kathy Cannon enjoy clowning around, lately their smiles have turned into frowns by social media posts of scary clowns threatening to come after people.

“I don't think it's fun at all, it might be fun for the people that scare, but I don't like to be scared,” Kathy Cannon said

People in more than two dozen states have reported seeing the creepy characters.

In most cases it's all a hoax. In other cases people have been assaulted and threatened.

The nationwide frenzy is now in San Diego with Instagram accounts stating the clown's location.

Ballard says there's a difference between those trying to scare people and professionals like her.

The people need to know that Halloween characters are not clowns, they're Halloween characters, they’re a completely different animal, you can tell by looking at them, they don’t look like this, they look mean and scary, a regular clown doesn't,” Ballard said.

The women say the most frustrating thing about the hysteria is that it tarnishes the image of professional clowns which affects business.

They wanted to speak out in hopes of suppressing the fear.

“It’s not fair to the clowns that are trying to make a living or the clowns that are trying to volunteer at different events. If people are scared we have to back off from them,” Cannon said.