Should Clowns and children’s entertainers be licensed?
According to this article at Findlaw, Linda Beaudouin, a former clown, is pushing the Canadian government to license clowns, Santa Claus’s, and other children’s entertainers. She’s doing this because she’s a survivor of child abuse, and feels this would be a way to further limit child abuse. See her website for more details about this aspect of her work.
She argues that we license massage therapists and we license teachers– why not clowns? And she points to a number of high profile cases of molestation/pornography/ and malfeasance perpetrated by children’s entertainers.
Personally I’m not opposed to a license to clown– in the state of NY to work in the schools you already must have your fingerprints on file with the State Board of Education. However, I’m not sure how it does anything to stop child molestation other than to catch the perpetrator after the fact. She states on her website that most perpetrators don’t have criminal records.
What I’m really interested in is a clown license that licenses those ACTUALLY FUNNY and skillful and denies a license to those that don’t have it. (Although it’s hard to know how to make an objective test– “I’m sorry sir, you are not qualified to take a slap to the face/drop your pants/wear a lampshade on your head. Have you thought about becoming an accountant?”)
This way not every yahoo with a guitar, or a clown nose, or a fright wig will waste the public’s time and besmirch good children’s entertainers everywhere.
If we could get a licensing bureau together, I say Bring it on!
What do you think? Please reply in the comments?
- Should Clowns Be Licensed by the State? [Crime] (gawker.com)
- Should Clowns, Santa Clauses, Be Licensed? (hypervocal.com)