Despite the headlines out of Washington, D.C., the world is running out of clowns.
The sad news emanates from a New York Daily News “EXCLUSIVE”, which says interest in professional clowning “has plummeted.”
In the last 10 years, membership in the World Clown Association has dropped from 3,500 to 2,500 and most of the remaining clowns are old, but I’m not sure we can take those numbers seriously.
“Clowning isn’t cool anymore,” said one clown, who may or may not have had a fake tear running down his cheek.
“American kids these days are thinking about different careers altogether,” said a dispirited clown named Cido. “[Young people] are thinking about everything other than clowning.”
This clown speaks the truth.
Young people are likely pondering crushing student debt, a lack of real job opportunities and the latest YouTube video featuring cute animals instead of smearing gobs of greasepaint on their face, donning giant, floppy shoes and working on critical juggling skills.
It’s a tough job. Remember the media giving grief to the rodeo clown who poked fun at President Obama? Who in their right mind could keep joy in their heart when every attempt at levity is put under a microscope and somehow considered inappropriate?
Hopefully, the youth of America will get modern clowning back on track and figure out how to make the antiquarian trade funny again. As the headlines below indicate, this country needs to laugh now more than ever.
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