Yep. Some of our clowns definitely take inspiration from Krampus –“the henchmen of Saint Nick” thing you find in the Austrian, German and Swiss Alps. We live in Wisconsin, a bastion of German heritage, and we see those clowns as something we lost– something we want back! But this is global. We love love love the Japanese Namahage and the Native American Heyokas too! We embrace them all.
I love protesters that are willing to harness the whimsical and symbolic to their message rather than being preachy or antagonistic. I’d love to start a group of these guys down here.