What did they reasonably expect to happen when a report about two clowns — dressed in clown garb — getting into a car accident opened like this…
“When two clowns crashed it was no laughing matter. And no it was not part of their act. Two elderly men crashed their mini-van on the way to the local fair. The driver, 83 year old James Billingsly aka Dimples The Clown collided…”
And then continued it like this…
“He missed the entrance but when he tried to make a U turn, he slammed right into an SUV. They’re okay. Police say Dimples was wearing oversized clown shoes…”
“But police say that they did not play a role in the crash.”
There is no other reaction for these reporters to have than to make light on a possibly serious matter. Also, does this even make the news if these guys aren’t dressed as clowns? The answer to that question alone probably tells you a lot of about the world we live in.
In somewhat related news: I once knew a girl whose bare breasts looked like oversized clown shoes, but that fact does not play a role in this post. Or does it?