Send in the Clowns: Tampa Police Arrest Teen For Wearing Clown Mask in Public

Police in Tampa, Florida appear to have clown issues from their youth. Matthew David Lopez, 18, was arrested for wearing a clown mask in public. (The picture is some other clown).

Isn’t it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air.
Send in the clowns.

Now, for the record, I was always scared of the clowns at the circus. However, some cities have passed laws criminalizing the wearing of masks or hoods that raise serious constitutional questions.

Isn’t it bliss?
Don’t you approve?
One who keeps tearing around,
One who can’t move.
Where are the clowns?
Send in the clowns.

On this occasion, a deputy spotted Lopez wearing a clown mask with red-orange hair around 1:00 pm. The teens took off when the officer tried to make contact with them.

Just when I’d stopped
Opening doors,
Finally knowing
The one that I wanted was yours,
Making my entrance again
With my usual flair,
Sure of my lines,
No one is there.

Lopez was charged with wearing a mask or hood in public and resisting an officer without violence.

Don’t you love farce?
My fault, I fear.
I thought that you’d want what I want –
Sorry, my dear.
But where are the clowns?
There ought to be clowns.
Quick, send in the clowns.

Of course, Florida police are lucky. Minneapolis police are dealing with an infestation of zombies and would love a few clowns, here.

What a surprise.
Who could foresee
I’d come to feel about you
What you’d felt about me?
Why only now when i see
That you’d drifted away?
What a surprise.
What a cliché.

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Isn’t it rich?
Isn’t it queer?
Losing my timing this late
In my career?
And where are the clowns?
Quick, send in the clowns.
Don’t bother – they’re here.

Here is something to soothe Lopez’s clown-raged soul. As always, Sinatra did it best:

125 thoughts on “Send in the Clowns: Tampa Police Arrest Teen For Wearing Clown Mask in Public”

  1. Byron:

    I am now reading a wonderful biography of Voltaire by Stephen Tallentyre that is spellbinding. It is available free, if you can believe it, on Google Books. It’s fun, witty, a tad risqué (a lot like the subject)and easy to read, though it was written at the turn of the 20th Century. I commend that to your daughter if she wants to read about the fruit of those old Romans and Greeks. Of course, to dissect the shining flower of Greco-Roman philosophy she will have to study Dumas Malone’s magna opus, “Jefferson and His Time.”

  2. Mespo:

    That Seneca chap is pretty smart. Actually most of those dead Greek and Roman guys were.

    I was looking for something for my daughter to read and found, thanks to you, a paper on John Adams and learning. I found a link in the paper to one of Adams books, it was by M. Tullius and it was in Latin. Fancy that, the old dead guys read the older dead guys in the original Latin. And people wonder why our Constitution worked out so well?

    A truly educated group of people in positions of leadership, reading Cicero and Plato and Thucydides in the original language. Today our leaders think “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is “intellectual” material. What a bunch of clowns we have in positions of power.

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