#ClownsRBenevolent

A world with clowns is a world of social conscience. Many of us who are with Clowns Without Borders (CWB) enjoy a good suspense or horror movie. Tis the season for spookiness. However, we’ve certainly noticed that modern pop culture has a fixation with clowns as evil, malevolent, or damaged. You’ve likely seen a few of the usual suspects: It, Poltergeist, American Horror Story. Even before Hollywood began maligning the clown reputation, Charles Dickens penned about an unsavory clown in his work, The Pickwick Papers. Clown Compassion The clowns that volunteer with Clowns Without Borders are humanitarians. They have undergone years of training, developing their skills and engaging in humane interactions. Our adept clowns use creativity, transparency, and openness to connect with people and create special moments where laughter can bridge past pain and journey towards resolution. They are not the caricatures slathered with scary-looking make-up, as frequently seen on television. Our clowns are highly trained professionals who apply their talents for one of the most important humanitarian causes – helping children who are suffering as a result of crisis, catastrophe, or war. Our clowns are individuals who come together as a group and cross borders to relieve suffering with non-violence (Satha-Anand, 2001). For them, it’s always ‘We’ before ‘Me.’ Look, we’re not complaining and we’re not telling anyone to stop making horror flicks that involve clowns. However, we want to make sure that you are aware of the incredibly positive and meaningful work that Clowns Without Borders conducts, versus the dark deeds of clown characters played by actors on television. Oh, The Humor-anity! Humor helps children adjust to...