A clown is the symbol of tolerance and same-sex marriage. The image of a clown with a rainbow colored tie or wig is often used as an icon for LGBT people. It's true that some gay people hide their sexual orientation, but it's not because they are hiding from anyone. Most people who do not believe that a clown is gay are simply ignorant of the fact that they can be gay.
Clowns, like heyoehkah, the sacred clowns of North American Indian tradition, were people who 'did things differently, challenged things, and shook them up.' The sacred clowns were also 'contraries.' That's why they were sometimes referred to as "gay." Likewise, the AIDS activists of the 1980's who wore costumes and performed defiantly campy chants to stifle police during the AIDS crisis were called gay. This is not to suggest that pieing Bryant with a pie was some sort of cure-all for her homophobia, but rather to point out that she, too, was a kind of sacred clown.
And while we've come a long way since the '90s, the clown's hidden connotation still holds up today. It's still important for people to be able to see themselves represented in media, especially those who are trying to find comfort, strength, and compassion in their own homosexuality or any number of other sexual and gender identities. That's why this article explores a South Korean film about a man finding that he is a clown and reveals how the film uses heterogeneous cultural influences, both local and global, to construct the idea of a queer identity.