Some Jerk Is Dressing Up Like a Clown And Roaming Around Green-Wood Cemetery [Updated]

Photo by tipster Ryan Jackson
The clown peers out from behind a gravestone at Green-Wood.
Clown-related viral marketing stunts: they have to stop. Back in March, we as a city dealt with the Staten Island Clown, who obviously turned out to be the brainchild of a small-time film production company. Last year, Northampton, England dealt with a similarly terrifying weirdo, who dubbed himself "Spot" and, until June, maintained a Facebook page.

But now, in what has officially gone too far, somebody's dressing up like a clown and wandering around Brooklyn's historic Green-Wood Cemetery.

A cemetery. An active, working cemetery where people are still buried. This is really, really not okay.

We learned of the existence of Green-Wood clown from a tipster named Ryan Jackson, who emailed us the above photos. As you can see, they depict a boor with no sense of taste or decorum wearing a clown suit and toting balloons through a damn cemetery.

"I saw a post in South Slope News about the Greenwood Cemetary Clown," Jackson wrote to us, referencing this excellent piece from a full five days ago. "I seen him too and I want to share an image with you. This was from a week ago. He was near a lake. I took this from far away, I was not interested in getting closer. He seemed very happy at the cemetery, he didn't like that I spotted him."

Photo by Ryan Jackson
Once again, this guy.

South Slope News wrote that it received the pictures from a fellow who describes himself on Twitter as a "visual artist/curator." He told South Slope that the clown is "definitely haunting" the cemetery, adding, "He was very timid and ran away whenever I got closer. I did find a Build a Bear bag nearby where I found him that had a womans umbrella and a bag of fritos [sic]... very strange."

Yeah. It's a head-scratcher, for sure. There are also some *vErY sPoOky* YouTube videos, uploaded by someone calling himself "Bruno Leo" who hasn't uploaded anything else:

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Why is everyone dumping on clowns, accusing them of being "creepy" and up to no good? This is nothing more than Bozophobia (aka Coulrophobia), an irrational and totally unjustified fear or hatred of costumed jesters who, throughout history, have made people laugh and delighted children of all ages.

Yeah, there have been evil clown characters in movies, and even evil people dressed as clowns in real life, but who would disparage the legendary Bozo, Clarabell, Emmett Kelly, Grandma from the Big Apple Circus, or mimes like Marcel Marceau?

Maybe this guy was just trying to find a graveside posthumous birthday party for which he was hired or to which he was invited, or maybe he was, himself, the victim of a prank. And how do we know that he wasn't a she, which would have made the clown's supposed motives somewhat less "creepy?"

Green-wood Cemetery has hosted all kinds of festive entertainment events from concerts to Halloween celebrations and even zombie-themed events, hardly in keeping with the somber, mournful, atmosphere to which many of the above commenters would restrict this landmark resting place for so many of New York's celebrated historical and entertainment figures. Perhaps this clown was visiting the grave of a departed friend or relative, perhaps even a fellow clown, or perhaps a child who loved clowns.

I can think of a fate far worse than having a balloon-bearing clown visiting my grave, like maybe having no visitors at all. So send in the clowns! At least this one was here.

Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson

Why is he a jerk? Some people just like cemeteries. It's not like he's out there vandalizing anything or grave robbing. Just some cook in a clown outfit.

Stephen Marchese
Stephen Marchese

BOZO'S GHOST!-You're hung up on some clown from the 60's man

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