Local clown says recent crimes are affecting business

CLEVELAND -- Stories of creepy clowns are popping up across the country.  In fact, some school districts have banned clown costumes from Halloween festivities this year.

Fox 8's Jack Shea talked with a local clown, who said the negative headlines were affecting his business.

Bob Ukovic, 63, says the hysteria over clowns is now at the point where many parents who want to hire him as entertainment at their children's parties, are asking him not to wear his clown costume.

"I'm a clown in my heart, and, really it doesn't matter what costume I wear, but the clown is a very traditional thing with the costume, it's a tradition," Ukovic said.

Known as "BoJangles" for the past 17 years, Ukovic has been steadily growing his business until recently, when news of so-called clowning incidents were thrust into the spotlight.

Some of these occurrences include individuals who dress as clowns, or use images of clowns, to frighten others, or even commit crimes.

"I think it's happening because that's the way society is turning; it's turning into fear and anger and just chaos," Ukovic said.

He says that instead of focusing on images of menacing and evil clowns, social media users should promote images of clowns entertaining children at hospitals and the elderly at nursing homes.

"We're good people doing good things and I don't know why we're getting a rap," Ukovic said.