Apparently Barbra Streisand hasn’t heard that ‘clown’ is a white supremacist slur

Apparently Barbra Streisand hasn’t heard that ‘clown’ is a white supremacist slur
Donald Trump, Barbra Streisand (Image via The Mental Recession)

Aging songstress and Clinton worshiper Barbra Streisand tried to impress her favorite former first couple at a recent performance they attended by doing a parody of “Send in the Clowns” directed at President Trump. Like the Clintons themselves, Streisand’s best days are long, long behind her.

She introduced the number by taking a poll of Democrats and Republicans in the audience, telling those who might be supporters of President Trump to “cover their ears.” Then she crooned:

He says he’s rich, maybe he’s poor.
Till he reveals his returns,
Who can be sure?
Who is this clown?

Something’s amiss, I don’t approve.
Now that’s he’s running the free world,
Where can we move?
Maybe a town, just who is this clown?

In the third and final verse, her lyrics turned edgy:

This is no farce. It’s not just smoke.
Is this his ‘Art of the Deal’ or some awful joke?
You’ve got to admit, this fraudulent twit
Is so full of …

Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the song, is still living, though if he were dead he’d would doubtless be turning over in his grave.

Who’s the Clown?

There is some irony in branding Trump as a clown mere days before a larger than life portrait of Clinton clad in a blue dress and red heels was discovered in the late Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan mansion. Then again, Streisand needs but to look in the mirror to see a clownish figure staring back. Her history of buffoonery includes insisting the children who claimed to have been molested by Michael Jackson “were thrilled to be there,” complaining that Trump was responsible for her eating too much, and accusing him of “kidnapping children at the border.”

But the bigger issue with calling someone a clown is the white supremacist underpinnings of the term — at least according to the Left, of which Streisand is a proud member. David Nir of the Daily Kos breaks it all down for us in a recent column that rails out at North Carolina State Sen. Dan Bishop, who referred to Democrats as “clowns” on Twitter.

This whole “clown” business has been circulating among Republicans for some time — the ne’er-do-wells at the National Republican Congressional Committee, for instance, have been tweeting out creepy, crappy clown Photoshops for months.

But it’s not just a particularly lame joke. It turns out there’s a disturbing genesis. Jared Holt, one of the tireless folks at Right Wing Watch, reported in April that white supremacists have begun adopting a version of the infamous far-right “Pepe the Frog” meme decked out in clown garb that they call “Honkler,” to symbolize “their exasperation over an imagined state of collapse in the Western hemisphere that they largely blame on immigrants and minority groups.”

The Forward’s Aiden Pink explained further, “While some users depict themselves as clowns who are ‘in’ on the ‘joke’ of the alleged downfall of white society in a multiracial country, others have targeted their supposed enemies by depicting them as clowns.” The Twitter account for a white supremacist podcast called “Goy Talk” took Honkler in precisely this direction. …

Cross posted in altered form at the Mental Recession

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is editor of the Mental Recession, one of the top conservative blogs of 2012. His writings have appeared at the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record.


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