Thursday, June 14, 2012

That's A Clown Question, Bro

Not only is Bryce Harper quite possibly the greatest nineteen year old to ever play major league baseball (his current "On-base-plus-slugging" percentage of .938 would best Mel Ott's .921 if it holds up), but he also has gone viral with the best answer to a genuinely (and purposely provocative) stupid question in, well, a long, long time:

"That's a clown question, bro."

As they say: there are no stupid questions, only stupid people who ask questions. Which leads me to (nervously) ask, "Of these randomly selected movies set in a circus, which is your favorite?"

Your choices:
The Circus (1928)

Freaks (1932)

At The Circus (1939)

Dumbo (1941)

The Greatest Show On Earth (1952)

The Elephant Man (1980)

Yeah, yeah, I left off your favorite—Laugh, Clown, Laugh or La Strada or Big Top Pee-Wee. And I wanted to vote for Abraham Lincoln this November. Ain't gonna happen. I encourage you to vote anyway.


mister muleboy said...

Ha ha! As you put it you have captured exactly what the question was actually provocative and stupid outrageous set by. Doesn't matter what questioners motive or where it was signed, l like he always seems to do, get it out

Dictated into a translating dictation machine as if you couldn't tell

Erik Beck said...

Argh! Always hate "favorite" questions, because I can never decide whether to pick the one I would most enjoy watching again or the one I think is the best. I went with the latter.

And I can't believe you went with the DeMille excrement rather than Chaney. I bet Fairbanks bribed you to keep Chaney out of it.

VKMfanHuey said...

...went with, I'm not that big on circus stuff... it's ok, but... clowns are just...weird, y'all...

Keep up the great work, MM!

mister muleboy said...

Homestead Grays, baby. . . .

Douglas Fairbanks said...

Beck, sir, a bribe was unnecessary, sir.

This Monkey man has enough discretion, discernment, and taste ever to include that no-talent hack Chaney.

Unless Tge dirty water of the Boston rivers has corrupted your young mind, you know that it's true!

Argue not!

Erik Beck said...

Oh, Doug.

Wherefore this bitterness towards the Man of a Thousand Faces? You outlived him by nine years.

I thought you'd be bitter at Dujardin. He stuck his face on your body and won an Oscar.

But, as much as I enjoy the Monkey, enjoy his writing, enjoy that he follows what I write, I feel I must point out, that when you attribute so much "taste" to him - that he is, not only a monkey, but also a lawyer. In DC, no less.

But then again, so is my sister.

Erik Beck said...

And don't think this is just bitterness over getting swept by the Nats (who, yes Mule, absolutely should have been called the Grays). Anything that gets Valentine fired faster is good in my book.

And Harper's arm is amazing - like Ichiro in his prime. A wonder to watch.

Erik Beck said...

Oh, and not to hog the comments field, but, next Sunday (the 24th), TCM has a Circus night planned - five films, beginning with Chaplin and ending with Fellini and including Laugh Clown Laugh.

The poll will have closed by then, but that's no excuse for not watching them.

Douglas Fairbanks said...

Beck, sir, let us end this unseemly disagreement. I will temper my published appraisals of mister chaney's work, and I will withhold any sentiments or resentments I harbour.

Regarding Dujardin: heavens no!. He has done exactly what you suggest -- pinned his face to my being. A being that, sadly, has faded in the memories of almost all, and has never been known to most. I owe this man thanks -- he has revived a beautiful art form. And, truth be told, he has ably captured my . . . expressiveness. He was, if anything, too subtle -- but that will change in time. At least he wasn't a glory-hogging sonuvabiotch like that Ch

now there I go again.

My best to you, and your struggling twenty-five. I hope that Boston sends a Valentine very soon.

Japan or ESPN seems a good destination. . . .


Douglas Fairbanks said...

And a quick postscript regarding mister dujardin -- I have little need for golden statuettes here. So let my exploits be seen on a thousand multiplex screens!

Swami Nano said...

The one that stands out from the pack for me has always been, and remains, Freaks. There's something irresistibly weird, and yet, refreshingly matter-of-fact, about it.

-Electric Dylan Lad

Anonymous said...

I always liked the Bugs Bunny cartoon when he joins a circus and angers "Bruno" - the acrobatic bear blessed with the gift of speech (with a Russian accent no less) - that's some trick.

How's THAT for cinematic masterpiece?

Anonymous said...

I have a write-in candidate for greatest circus movie - "Big Top Bunny" - starring Bugs Bunny and Bruno, the high-flying trapeze artist bear - blessed with the gift of speech (with a Russian accent no less)

Now THAT's quality my friends....