Slipknot's Shawn 'Clown' Crahan Making a Documentary About Eating Disorders

"I don't want to judge or to hurt but to help, and to heal," says the percussionist.

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Shawn "Clown" Crahan of Slipknot is preparing to embark on somewhat of an unusual documentary project regarding eating disorders.

Clown is currently searching for individuals of all ages affected with disorders such as anorexia and bulimia to film their story and help in raising awareness and fighting the illness.

"I don't want to judge or to hurt but to help, and to heal," the percussionist said in an official website announcement. "What I am going to ask for next may be difficult for some of you to contemplate but I ask that you keep an open mind and to think about what an experience like this might have meant to you had it been available when you began your journey."

Crahan then gave specific details of his project, revealing that he is searching for the following individuals:

  • A man and/or a woman at least 30 years of age who has been diagnosed with anorexia, bulimia, and/or any other eating disorder or any combination thereof.

  • A man and/or a woman between the ages of 18 and 30 years of age who has been diagnosed with anorexia, bulimia, and/or any other eating disorder or any combination thereof.

  • A man and/or a woman under the age of 18 years of age who has been diagnosed with anorexia, bulimia, and/or any other eating disorder or any combination thereof.

    "I know how incredibly difficult these disorders are to live with, to speak about, and to have to confront," he said. "I want to be direct, honest, and unflinching in telling your stories of struggle and triumph, failure and success as you find your path to a healthy life."

    The percussionist then gave his reasons for opting to film the documentary in the first place. "Why eating disorders?" he asked. "My path through life has brought me into contact with a number of women and men suffering from these terrible diseases and I feel compelled to do what I can to help.

    "I warn you now that I intend to ask a great deal of you. I am not interested in telling only part of the story. I want to speak to you and film your story. I want to be positive but not condescending, to be honest, but not cruel. My hope is that your experiences will give the woman or man suffering in silence the strength to get help. My hope is that telling your story will empower you to gain control of your illness."

    Crahan also admitted seeing the devastating effect of the disorders he is looking to document, adding that he is "not foolish enough to believe this will cure anyone."

    Finally, the percussionist decided to end the announcement with a quote from C.S. Lewis, saying, "If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair."

    Those interested can reach Crahan via email at schon@5bam.com. All responses will be kept completely confidential.

  • 26 comments sorted by best / new / date

      sweenster
      I guess he got tired of banging a baseball bat against a beer keg for 15 ****ing years and has finally decided to do something productive.
      MattHessing
      I hope he does the interviews out of costume... Good on him though, could help a lot of people.
      AaronianKenrod
      He probably will, the masks and jumpsuits seem reserved for only performing these days. Since the press conference after Paul's death where they were all maskless I think they stopped caring about it.
      winterXsolstice
      I hope this only leads to good things. I've struggled with anorexia and cutting for years. It's taken me along time and alot of pain but I'm finally in a good place.
      Vash_15
      These guys really just do whatever the **** they feel like on any given day, don't they? The funny thing is they always finish. None of their shit ever gets dropped halfway through, no matter how ridiculous it sounds.
      LeperDog
      People like him will do anything to get attention. Worthless.
      rebornmaster9
      your comment is bad and you should feel bad, the guy is doing something for a good cause
      LeperDog
      Not feeling bad. Sorry.
      MattHessing
      Getting attention by concealing your identity for over a decade? Please stop being stupid.
      LeperDog
      Concealing his identity has nothing to do with my comment. The fact that he tries to be such an "artist" does.
      Redfinton22
      You've got no idea what his true motives are, you only think he's full of shit because of who he is. Whereas if Dave Grohl or Chino Moreno or someone did this they'd totally be the shit.