Q: When is a Clown Not a Clown?
by Buck Quigley - posted 3:13 pm, August 29, 2011
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.