A couple of weeks ago, Washington Nationals rookie outfielder Bryce Harper was being interviewed by reporters in Toronto, and one of the local reporters asked him about drinking since he’s underaged in the US but can legal drink in Canada. As you can see in the video above, Harper answered, “that’s a clown question, bro,”
An Internet meme was born. People posted other humorous videos with famous questions and Harper’s response. Even Nevada Senator Harry Reid got in on the act, jokingly answering “that’s a clown question, bro” to a reporter’s question.
As you’d probably suspect, shortly after Harper’s reply made the news, people began registering matching domain names. ThatsAClownQuestionBro.com, .net, .org, .info, and .us were all registered by what appears to be different people hours after the press conference went viral.
Perhaps there will be a legal battle for these domain names (well, if anything, the .com) because it’s been reported that Harper filed for a trademark for the term, and Under Armour plans to sell shirts with the saying emblazoned on them.
I don’t know if it’s worth spending time and money to try and wrest the domain name(s) from the registrants, but Harper and his legal team seem intent on protecting the ballplayer’s phrase. It will be interesting to follow.
Do you think someone should have the rights to a domain name for a matching phrase they coined and are trademarking?