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Song Released: 2018

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    Jan 4th, 2019 1:08pm report

    The song begins with a man waking up to get ready for work. We notice from the beginning that his room is unusual. It's decked out in clown related attire, but we don't see anything unusual at first about the man, until he steps up to his mirror and picks up some concealer to touch up his makeup. We don't see, of course, what he is attempting to cover up, only that he is attempting to cover up something. Then the man picks up his unicycle and heads to work. Once he is at work, it's very clear from the beginning that he is not well liked among his co-workers, because there is something unusual about him. His boss even pauses in his work to point at some words in bold above the man's head: "No Clowning Around". The man begins to sweat, knocks something over, and his co-workers rush to the scene of the accident to see his makeup smeared slightly. They begin to rub at his face to reveal his skin underneath, which is multicolored. Then his boss comes and pulls off his wig, to reveal bight red clown hair. What ensues after this is a brief chase scene between his coworkers and him on his unicycle. Then he falls into an alternate reality where he is performing in front of an audience. The audience is bored by his antics until his pursuants arrive and begin copying his moves. From that point forward they are entertained. What I got from this video is that The Clown was trying his best to conform in a society that did not accept him. Try as he might, no one could ignore his underlying differences, and when they were at last confirmed, he was shamed and persecuted. This all implicitly makes sense, until the "alternate reality" scene. Here, he too, is shamed at first for performing on his own to the best of his abilities. What I believe this means, is that, even in societies where our personalities are accepted, we force it to the extent where our personality no longer belongs. With his pursuants unexectedly entering the scene, and subsequently copying him, the clown is forced to act on instinct, instead of with force. The audience sees how he lets his genuine-self out, and the man learns not only of who he was beneath The Man facade, but who he was also beneath that multi-faceted layer, where he was both Clown and not himself. Now he is fully himself, and the people have accepted him as such.

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