Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Joker Brings Down Clowns

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Heath Ledger’s eerie portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight is giving clowns a bad name.

The release of the highly-anticipated Batman film this Friday (Jul. 18) – which features Ledger as the psycho killer clown The Joker – is no joke for one real life clown.

Terri Hall, a 30-year clown performer and acting director of the International Clown Hall of Fame, says the violent movie is ruining the image of clowns as happy, kind merrymakers.

She says, “The movie is a detriment to the clown community. It shows horrid-looking clowns engaging in violence, which is not what we’re about. It’s very insulting.”

Hall worries that audiences will be led to believe that Bozos are all evil, and wonders, “Why would anyone do that when there are people who really like clowns?”

She assures that the creepy clown depicted in The Dark Knight is “not based on real life facts” and says clowns are caring characters that “heal with humor.”

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