Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: It's Time to Stop Picking on Clowns

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: It's Time to Stop Picking on Clowns

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Editorial Exchange: It's time to stop picking on clowns

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An editorial from the Toronto Star, published Oct. 23:

This page often speaks up for the marginalized, the despised and the misunderstood. We like to think we're on the side of those who aren't getting a fair shake.

Which brings us to clowns. They, it seems, are the newest minority facing hostility, fear and discrimination. The so-called "creepy clown" epidemic that started in South Carolina and is now being reported everywhere from Japan to Germany is bad news for actual clowns. Major chain stores are banning clown costumes and working clowns report they are losing business.

The saddest letter we received at the Star this week came from Cliff Hartmier, president of the International Shrine Clown Association. …

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