'That's A Clown Question, Bro' Or The Rhetorical Comeback Rounding Twitter : The Two-Way The phrase was coined by baseball phenom Bryce Harper during an interview with a Canadian journalist.

'That's A Clown Question, Bro' Or The Rhetorical Comeback Rounding Twitter

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One more exchange that's getting a lot of attention online comes courtesy of Major League Baseball's newest phenom, the Washington National's 19-year-old star outfielder Bryce Harper.


Last night in Toronto, Harper hit a towering home run against the hometown Blue Jays. It traveled some 450 feet before ricocheting loudly off the side of a stadium restaurant.

BLOCK: While that hit has landed on countless online highlight reels, what's really getting people's attention is what Bryce Harper said afterward in the locker room. He was asked by a reporter if he would enjoy a celebratory beer in Toronto, where the drinking age is only 19. He refused to answer, saying...

BRYCE HARPER: That's a clown question, bro.

CORNISH: It goes by pretty fast so let's play that again.

HARPER: That's a clown question, bro.

CORNISH: And those few simple words: That's a clown question, bro, have gone truly viral.

BLOCK: While it might be taken as an affront to the clown community, we want to make one thing clear: the president of the World Clown Association is not offended.

JOYCE PAYNE: My name is Joyce Payne. I perform professionally as Joy The Magic Clown.

CORNISH: And Joy The Magic Clown knows a thing or two about real clown questions.

PAYNE: Is that you really hair? Where did you get your shoes? Are you a real clown? Clowns are creative people. We can answer any way we want.

BLOCK: So, to be clear, Bryce Harper and the clowns of the world are on the same team.

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