Experts weigh in on the Copycat Clown Phenomenon

- Who are the real victims of the ghoulish clowns popping up across America? The professionals. Meet Sparky the Clown. He’s been in the business for 31 years and he’s dealt with just as many Octobers.

“I understand it’s Halloween, they like to have scary clowns,” Sparky (a.k.a. Brian Wishnefsky) told KTVU FOX 2 News. “It doesn’t really bother me that much. But when it becomes insane like this, it’s ridiculous.”

Business has gone way down, so no one’s laughing. Following the menacing appearances in South Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, and California, we’re all creeped out by the sightings, but Sparky is outraged.

“There’s bad clowns out there. There’s bad attorneys out there. There’s bad doctors out there. There’s bad teachers out there,” he explained. “Why us? You know, we’re easy pickings, but it’s not fair.”

Sparky says he thinks it’s a publicity stunt for a scary movie, or that the people behind it just want attention.

Experts say that the rash of clowns is a result of “social contagion.” It’s much easier to copy someone else’s idea than to come up with your own weird plan to terrify your community. Reports on social media also fuel the unsettling trend. While the number one costume this Halloween will probably involve a red nose, we believe the creepy clown trend will also run it’s course -- and life will go back to normal for Sparky.

Up Next:


  • Popular

  • Recent

WATCH FOX 7 NEWS LIVE

FOX 7 News streams at the following times (all times Central):


Monday - Friday

4:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Saturday

6 a.m. - 8 a.m.

6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday

6 a.m. - 8 a.m.

5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.



Schedule subject to change in the event of network sports coverage.

We also stream press conferences and other breaking news coverage from time to time. When we are not in a live newscast, you will see replays of the most recent broadcast.

To enter full screen Mode click the button.

For closed captioning, click on the button while in full screen mode.

Desktop/tablet users: To choose the stream's video quality, click on the button (while in full screen mode) and choose from 432p or 270p.

Mobile users:The video quality default is to your phone's settings.

Please allow time for buffering. If the stream stalls, refresh your browser. Thanks for watching

Stories You May Be Interested In - Includes Advertiser Stories