It would be nice if reporters described it as 'people dressed as scary clowns', rather than reporting 'clown incidents', 'clowns carrying blades', 'scary clowns hanging around children's play areas' etc. It may just be a semantic detail, but for me (and I imagine other professional clowns) the distinction is important.
I heard a lovely interview with two professional hospital clowns here, talking about the scary clown incidents in Texas and how it relates to their work as professionals, in just under 4 minutes. Have a listen.
Being a Clown has nothing to do with face paints, masks or even (it could be said) the red nose. Sigh.