The only thing better than good satire? Good satire that someone misses the first time. This happened to Russell Crowe. The joke eluded him in a time of weakness, and he appeared displeased.
Here’s what happened: The Onion’s spinoff website, Clickhole, regularly posts an article called “They Said What?!” with fake celebrity quotes. Thursday’s version featured Crowe, Kanye West and Sufjan Stevens. This is what Fake Crowe “said,” regarding cultural differences:
Whenever I hear an American say Aussies drive on the ‘wrong side of the road,’ I just lose it. You ever think about how those people grew up driving on the ‘wrong side of the road,’ watched a lot of people get hurt on the ‘wrong side of the road,’ die on the ‘wrong side of the road,’ while other people cheered from the ‘right side of the road’? Australia has a thing called Highway Fights, so it’s touchy.
Solid. But then Real Crowe stuck back with a since-deleted tweet of his own—preserved by Gawker—that read, “@clickhole what is this rubbish? Where does that quote from?”
Maybe Real Crowe was distracted and dealing with a rough day—he could have easily been caught on the wrong side of the road. Maybe an in-person “Confrontation” a la the French Revolution needs to happen to settle any and all beef. Satire: It’s not for everyone!