People are unfairly prejudiced against clowns.
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I feel as if people aren't prejudice against them, I just feel like it is a psychological trigger like you stated. Most kids are afraid to sit next to Santa. Why would you be afraid of Santa?! He's a jolly old man who gives you the things you want! Yet kids still cry every time they have to go up and sit on his lap. It's not prejudice, it's just a natural reaction for many kids. Besides, clowns are different than what you usually see. They stand out. The make up, the over the top antics, the costume, everything about a clown is different than what kids are use to.
"A potential for pain, or an unrecognizable event, causes fear".
The unrecognizable event could be a birthday party or a circus where a clown would be. A clown is so much different than everyday life, sticks out like a sore thumb. The antics the clown is doing is so unusual, so strange, and so "unrecognizable".
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"The clowns make up is too extreme" was something I was trying to state in my first round and above in this round. Kids are used to pretty isolated and secure locations. They aren't exposed to things so different and bizarre. It's different, it's unknown, and people fear the unknown. If you have to enter somewhere dark without any light, wouldn't you be afraid? Of course, you've never been here before. That's exactly how the kids feel seeing the clowns. Therefore, the reaction of fear is perfectly normal and understandable, not unfair prejudice.
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A phobia can be developed by a traumatic event. If you are scared by a clown than you will most likely end up developing Coulrophobia. However, that is not the only way to develop a phobia.
Simply seeing someone else fear a clown can cause a fear in yourself. Once you see someone else scared of it, you start associating it will fear, and start seeing all the negatives in it. For example, even watching r a movie like "IT" and seeing the actors be afraid can spark Coulrophobia.
My point is, a fear for something does not just happen. Something must trigger that fear. Either
1: you were afraid of the clown
2:someone else was.
If it is the 1st one, that's an understandable reason to fear clowns, and is not unfair prejudice.
If it is the 2nd, that's also an understandable reason. If you are walking with your friend around your neighborhood and you see a loose dog running at you. Your friend freaks out and sprints away, are you going to be afraid too? Of course, your friends fear caused you fear also, and now you fear the dog. You also fear it as you don't know about the dog, just like the children meeting a clown at a birthday party for the first time will be afraid as they know nothing about the clown.
As I stated before, it is NOT unfair prejudice and it perfectly natural. Vote con!
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