A Meme Biography: Le Clown


November 10, 2012 by Marie-Pierre Renaud

For those of you who don’t know Le Clown yet, I recommend you check out his blog, A Clown on Fire.

Recently, Le Clown created a Press releases section on his blog to gather all posts that have been written about him. The list goes on and on, and on and on. When I suggested he publish his bio sometime soon, he proposed that it could be published as a series of memes. That got me thinking. Memes are used by people all around the world to efficiently convey messages thanks to images that are associated with a specific emotion or idea. But can they be used to write one’s biography?

I figured it had to be attempted. Memes are yet another topic I have to write about, so consider this an ethnographic test of sorts. Here goes!

After receiving tons of press, tens of thousands of views and millions of comments,  Le Clown has gotten quite famous, which is why he needs a bio. But not any bio. A bio deserving of his style and awesomeness.

Le Clown has always been one in a million. His journey has been one of overcoming criticism of his writing style and finding this own voice. 

Le Clown is a refined intellectual and a citizen of the world. He speaks both french and english. Oui, oui!

A proud husband and father of two, he takes parenting very seriously and shows a lot of care to his kids.

Le Clown’s writing style is sharp, shocking and funny. Everything he writes is false, yet true. He’s taunting you, pushing the argument to extremes to make you react. He’s got a Pythonesque sense of humor some might say. Others might think he trolls around. Dark humor or political incorrectness may describe his style best.

Le Clown is full of surprises.

Behind all his makeup, Le Clown is really a softie. He’ll help anyone who needs it!

He’s got a big heart, and once in a while he can be spotted in the company of celebrities in honor of Movember month. His post about Movember got him Freshly Pressed, and he was featured on The Daily Post later on. He is a very successful blogger.

Le Clown admitted to being a geek. He can be seen cutting through the snow in his frontyard with a red lightsaber in winter. Canadian winters are harsh, but he’s tough!

Not yet the end

So how did that go? I think some of these images could even be associated with one another without text to contextualize them, and it might work even better. I’ll check out anthropological literature about memes during the holidays and get back to you with more info on the topic.

Do you need more convincing to check out what Le Clown does? Have a look at A Clown on Fire!

Memes 1, 2, 4, 8 and 10 created with the meme generator.

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42 thoughts on “A Meme Biography: Le Clown

  1. Le Clown says:

    Reblogged this on A Clown On Fire and commented:
    Le Clown doesn’t reblog a great deal of stuff, as reblogged posts are ugly. But The Geek Anthropologist made a meme out of Le Clown… I just have to share this one…

  2. speaker7 says:

    Perfect. The Go-to-Bed clown will give me nightmares.

  3. Haha, this was really funny! This will definitely get you a place in his press release section! And a reblog! Good for you! It’ll put you on the map for anthropologists to one day dig up your blog…

  4. Cathy Ulrich says:

    You really tagged Le Clown on this one! Great post!

  5. That’s some good meming there!

  6. writerwendyreid says:

    Very funny. I’ve been meaning to fool around with that meme generator. :-)

  7. robincoyle says:

    Le Clown is my favorite crazy person. Great job capturing his essense.

  8. robincoyle says:

    Damn it. Essence, not essense!

  9. I almost missed the “full of surprises” Le Clown. I looked at the picture three times and thought, WTF? Now, I too – like speaker7 – will be having nightmares. Thnx.

  10. Awesome meme bio. Awesome Le Clown. I favor his French side.

  11. Michelle Gillies says:

    This is brilliant!

  12. Adam S says:

    ‘Go To Bed’ and the clown photo-bombing the three kids caused me to piss my pants twice in a row. Thank you for the change of underwear, both times.

  13. The Waiting says:

    Memes are my favorite. Le Clown is my favorite. Ergo, this post was my favorite.

  14. aFrankAngle says:

    Very well done … and seemingly accurate. But the To-Go-Bed Clown clown is creepy!

  15. iRuniBreathe says:

    You need to add an entry in Wikipedia. The World of WordPress has gotten too small for that clowny ego. Go big. The world awaits.

  16. Somewhat disturbing, I think you nailed it.

  17. Woa, it’s like a party in here! I shouldn’t have gone out to dinner! I should have stayed right here and look at the crowd pouring in! Thanks to everyone for the lovely comments, the likes and the follows! I hope my next posts won’t disappoint. I don’t write about such awesome topics as Le Clown everyday! ;)

  18. Yep on “Le” Clown!
    A worthy adversary…

  19. Bruce Ruston says:

    really great post

  20. Storkhunter says:

    This is excellent. You hit the clown right on the nose. Gotta go have me a play with the meme generator.

  21. nikkix2 says:

    Awesome post,,,Clown ain’t all that tho,,,,most of us up here, can speak both English and French,,,oui, oui!!

  22. Well said…and meme’d…Geek!! I like it here…great write up and description of our much loved Clown Blogger Trickster Heartbreaker Funny Guy Dad Clown!!!

  23. Love the idea, awesome :D. You did a great job I think. Congrats ;).

  24. Lyssapants says:

    Poignant. Elegant. Nightmarish.
    Memes really are worth 1,000 words (and wet-your-pants nightmares).

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