To be a clown is to be a member of a fraternity that dates back as far as the Egyptian Fifth Dynasty, that much is known. But I suspect clowns have existed for a longer period of time.
Amusing adults and children has been an honorable profession in every culture from the Greeks to Japanese Kabuki, and even among the nations as illustrated by the Hopi Koyemsi.
But clowns are taking a few hits lately-sports figures characterize questions asked by reporters as being a “clown question” and now Alaska’s fish and wildlife most wanted poster girl Sarah Palin refers to attendees of the recent White House Correspondents Dinner as ass clowns.
The word Clown once noted for providing entertainment and slapstick comedy now has a greater connotation, and most of it not good.
Clowns are noted for putting on face paint, exaggerating reality, prat falls, and a general ineptitude involving the simplest of tasks.
Clowns, or mimes, depending on how they prefer to be called can be found in city squares, parks, or other urban settings that feature a high volume of pedestrian traffic working the crowd and looking for a gratuity.
At least they’re honest, and while they may actually desire to provide a laugh or two both the observer and the clown both know what the end game is about.
I don’t believe the same can be said of political ass clowns or their counterparts among the nations-their goal isn’t to provide entertainment only to hide behind the figurative rhetorical paint they see as necessary to milk the crowd, and apparently some members of the crowd are either blissfully unaware of this or don’t care.
Bad enough for clowns that they are often portrayed in Hollywood movies as being murderous villains skulking about looking for hapless victims that they now have to compete for a dwindling market share as well.
Amateurs,professionals, and the increasing number of sub categories-the differences are obvious.
Next time you see a clown doing their best to entertain and provide a laugh or two it wouldn’t be a bad idea to flip a dollar or two their way-the next time you see one of our ass clowns working the crowd looking to scam some money it wouldn’t be a bad idea to flip the finger their way.
There are some serious needs among the nations that well intended donations can serve, and some serious people attempting to address them-not a difficult task to separate them from the ass clowns.