There was a time I would have found myself invited to birthday parties where I'd hope to be entertained by funny men with brillo hair and brightly painted faces. It was also a time my parents may have turned aside as I played with minature horses crowned with extremely sharp edges. But when I want proof that era is far gone, I tune in to watch Walmart's new screaming clown commercial. In one short sequence, the magical silver unicorns of my childhood are rebranded as ugly weapons, and the normally mute and smiling funny men that used to give me giggles can now clear entire rooms with their tortured screeching.
Of course, looking down my nose at this commercial could just be because I've developed a real fear of painted men in pom-pommed jumpsuits.
Walmart has been removing the commercial from YouTube, but for now, you can view it here.
Evil Clown Poster credit: Allposters.com