Twisty the clown has already become one of the most iconic characters on "American Horror Story: Freak Show." But multiple professional clown organizations have aired their grievances with the way he's been portrayed.
Earlier this month (October 15), Glenn Kohlberger, the president of Clowns of America International, spoke out against casting clowns as horror villains.
"We do not support in any way, shape or form any medium that sensationalizes or adds to coulrophobia or 'clown fear,'" he told The Hollywood Reporter.
Yesterday (October 24), the president of the World Clown Association, Randy Christensen, joined him by emphasizing that scary clowns shouldn't be considered real clowns.
"The copycat clowns out in California -- these are people finding some sick satisfaction in creeping people out," he told Vulture. "These are not clowns. These are people that dress up as horror characters."
The professionals in the clown business might be all about joy, love, and humor, but "American Horror Story" isn't the only place where creepy clowns have been found recently. Wasco the clown terrorized Bakersfield, California, apparently as part of a photography project, and another mysterious clown popped up last Wednesday (October 22) in Indiana. Looks like the pros have a lot of PR damage control to handle.