I caught a rerun episode of an MTV2 show called “How to Live Large” (first aired on 5/5/2001) that featured a bunch of rappers talking about how to be a “player” and a “pimp”.
During the middle of the show, the narrartor says (when talking about “player haters”):
“And the hate don't discriminate. Clowns will hate on anyone that's doing it, male or female”.
Even media mogul MTV writes scripts that talk about clowns in a negative light.