Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper prepares to bat during a baseball game with the New York Mets on June 5 in Washington.
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper prepares to bat during a baseball game with the New York Mets on June 5 in Washington. Alex Brandon/AP
If Twitter has its way, "That's a clown question, bro" will join "Don't tase me, bro" in the annals of popular rhetorical comebacks.
"That's a clown question, bro" comes from 19-year-old baseball phenom Bryce Harper. That's what he told a Canadian journalist yesterday, following his second three-hit game in a row.
The journalist asked the Nationals' Harper if he was going to celebrate by drinking a beer, being that the legal drinking age in Canada is 19.
Harper, who is Mormon, rolled his eyes and said, "I'm not going to answer that. That's a clown question, bro."
In truth, the phrase is much funnier in print and removed from the context, as you'll see in this video:
But that hasn't stopped Twitter. The phrase has ignited debate. There is a T-shirt now. And many have noted that in a confrontational interview today, NBA Commissioner David Stern should have resorted to the Harperism.
Instead, when Jim Rome asked Stern, "Was the fix in for the [NBA] lottery?" He replied, "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?" an answer that called into question the trickery of the phrasing.
Chris Moody, a political reporter for Yahoo!, tweets:
"Jay Carney didn't say "that's a clown question, bro" during today's WH presser. This is how I feel about that: http://bit.ly/NfSdKU"
We'll note that unlike "Don't tase me, bro." the Harperism has not gotten an entry on Urbandictionary.com.