Punishing people by ridiculing them; shaming them; parading them in public like animals. Cosby, Whitney Houston, Madsen and many, many others.
Clowns do not have a fun history. They were elite-members of the court severely disfigured and forced to entertain at the kings banquet.
The nose was cut off. The lips removed and the corners of the mouth slit to the ears. The eyelids was cut off. They where scalped on top of their head.
This is the face of the clown. Lessened to no more than a freak with heavy, double-sized shoes and ridiculous garments. Being laughed at by their former peers and subordinates of the court.
This is what they are doing to people again now.