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Q: When is a Clown Not a Clown?

Filed under: Media, The Buffalo News

A: When he’s dressed as a golfer.

A lot of people got a kick out of a Buffalo News headline this morning, which read: “Man allegedly dressed as clown in stolen golf cart faces DWI charges.”

“A report of a stolen golf cart being driven by a person dressed as a clown resulted in a drunken driving arrest,” the News’ story begins.

The story was picked up by the Associated Press, and from there, published in media outlets across the country including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Forbes. The AP story makes an important correction to the News’ account: “A Massachusetts man whose colorful golf attire was briefly mistaken for a clown outfit…,” and, “He wasn’t dressed as a clown — just wearing some colorful clothing after an outing at Terry Hills Golf Course.”

It’s hard to tell from the photo published in The Batavian whether the man is wearing a bulbous red nose—but his lack of a curly red wig, seltzer bottle, old car horn, or big floppy shoes, makes us agree with the AP account.

It also reminds us why we here at Artvoice aren’t so into golf.



  • Kate

    My favorite thing about that story was where the “allegedly” was placed. Impugning his sobriety and his honesty are one thing. But defame the man’s fashion sense is the fastest way to get your butt sued off!

  • rastamick

    I heard from the cops he was wearing a Buffalo Board of Ed member costume.