Clowns are innocent, goofy, fun. Right? Everyone loves clowns, don't they? Though clowns are meant to be the personification of harmless fun, they don't deliver that message to a lot of people. In fact, an estimated 12 percent of American adults have a fear of clowns. This intense fear is known as coulrophobia. But where did it come from if clowns just want to make people happy? Well, for one thing, the media sure isn't helping the cause.