Believe it or not, fear of mascots isn’t that uncommon, and bizarre and creepy costumed people have been around a lot longer than iPhones. Now, do I personally think the Sochi bear is scary? No. But I can understand why it would freak some people out. It’s kinda like clowns. Some people can’t stand clowns and think they’re terrifying. Yes, really. There’s even a real phobia name for it: coulrophobia.