This week on the hit Fox TV show So You Think You Can Dance, dancer Robert Roldan and all-star Dominic Sandoval took on the roles of demented clowns. According to choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon, the backstory for the dance was that the Big Top was closing and the clowns were losing their home.
Staged amongst a seemingly endless number of helium balloons, the dance was dark, bizarre and somewhat sinister. But even more interesting than the work itself is the buzz that it generated immediately after the show. On popular TV forum Television Without Pity, fans discuss each episode of their favorite shows, picking them apart in minute detail. Immediately following the broadcast of Wednesday's Dance episode, dozens of fans reported that they were unable to watch the clown routine due to an innate fear or hatred of clowns.
Clown phobia is surprisingly common, affecting both children and adults. A dance routine celebrating the "creepy" side of clowns was sure to trigger an emotional response in those who are affected by the phobia. Interestingly, his appearance in a demented clown routine did not hamper Robert Roldan's standing with the voting audience. In the following night's results show, he advanced to next week's finale over dancer AdeChike Torbert.
Did you see the episode? Were you affected by the clown routine? Your thoughts are welcome!