A local man who dresses as a clown for Holland's downtown street performer series worries about negative publicity from a recent trend -- suspicious clowns could hurt future business.
Seeing an image of one of the creepy clowns might make you scared silent, but now even a quiet clown mime is sharing his views about the recent trend.
"My message would be quit clowning, do something else," Mat Emerick said.
Meanwhile, police are juggling a series of suspicious clown-related incidents across the country. In Grand Rapids, video recently captured men dressed as clowns involved in an armed robbery.
"That is absolutely disgusting, I hope they catch them," Emerick said.
It's a serious matter when he's not clowning around.
"You don't like to see people exploiting your thing for a cheap scare," Emerick said. "I don't want somebody to see me somewhere doing something and assume that's what's going on."
Emerick says he hopes people can tell that clowns are not all alike.
"People will be able to recognize the difference between a good clown performance and that kind of stuff," Emerick said.
After all, he's also worried about making a living.
"If this grows and develops more and more and more, it's going to definitely impact a clown's business," Emerick said.
In fact, he says he's lost business in the past because people were afraid of clowns.
"A committee of people at a business were trying to determine what they wanted to bring in for a corporate picnic, come to find out someone on the committee is frightened of clowns and so, I lose the job," Emerick said.
Emerick's other advice for the suspicious clowns is to "get counseling" -- no clowning around.
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