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"