You Are Not a Clown, You Are the Entire Circus

Meaning

What does You Are Not a Clown, You Are the Entire Circus mean?

You Are Not a Clown, You Are the Entire Circus refers to a popular reaction image macro, featuring a screenshot of Miles Edgeworth, a character from the remaster of the video game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy.”

Online, it is used as a reaction meme, both as an image macro and a GIF, to mock someone for trying to be funny.

You Are Not a Clown, You Are the Entire Circus

Origin

What's the origin of You Are Not a Clown, You Are the Entire Circus?

The phrase first emerged on Twitter in 2019, when @javeigh made a tweet on June 25th, saying “you are not a clown. you are the entire circus.”

The same day, Twitter user @Clankity retweeted the original post, joking about how well it fits Miles Edgeworth from the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy,” pairing the quote with a picture of Edgeworth in a Phoenix Wright objection generator.

Spread & Usage

How did You Are Not a Clown, You Are the Entire Circus spread?

The image macro format started appearing on Reddit in July, 2019, paired with humorous captions, as well as reacting to the comments of previous users.

Since then “You Are Not a Clown, You Are the Entire Circus” would show up on sites like Twitter, Reddit or 9GAG, both as an image macro, phrasal template, as well as a GIF.

It is highly popular as a response to bad puns or dad jokes, although the turn of the 2020s has erased it from memory.

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