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Are scary clowns ruining the clown industry?

Are terrifying pop culture clowns like Twisty spreading 'coulrophobia'?
Listen12:28
Guest host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks to the Atlantic's Sophie Gilbert about the changing face of clowns in popular culture, from family friendly Bozo to psycho killer Pennywise. 

Professional clowns were up in arms earlier this year about the TV show American Horror Story. One of the programme's main villains in the latest series was a killer clown called "Twisty", and clown associations say this is the latest in a long line of negative clown images portrayed in the media that are spreading coulrophobia -- the fear of clowns -- and damaging their industry.

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