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Sorry, Twitter, that Steve Ballmer Clippy joke is 3 years old
It looks like you’re trying to make a bad joke. Would you like help with that?
It’s been reported that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, he of the “Developers! Developers! Developers!” fame, has purchased the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion from former owner and alleged racist Donald Sterling.
So now, before we go any further, I’ll remind you that Ballmer used to be the CEO of Microsoft. Microsoft is the creator of Microsoft Word. Microsoft Word used to have this tool called Clippy, an animated paperclip that told you how to use the software.
Clippy was obnoxious, and a smartass. Clippy mocked you. No one liked Clippy. Clippy infamy is a product of our residual hate of him.
I think you know where I’m going with this.
When the Internet sees an opportunity, we really just go for it.
LA Clippys pic.twitter.com/LbPyPcRgd8
— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) May 29, 2014
according to my sources, ballmer plans to rename them The Clippys.
— Elon Green (@elongreen) May 29, 2014
Steve Ballmer just bought Clippy for $2 bn. MT @WinObs “Now standby for all the LA Clippy jokes. Go ahead Internet – do your thing.”
— Sonu (@cspkcats) May 29, 2014
Introducing Clippy, the new mascot of the LA Clippers pic.twitter.com/L6kzvDOuL8
— Kim Bhasin (@KimBhasin) May 29, 2014
Anyone else find it ironic that Ballmer is going to buy the Clippers….He must really be attached to clippy.
— Brad Sams (@bdsams) May 29, 2014
Steve Balmer buys the Clippers, the new mascot, “Clippy” will jump on the court and say “It looks like you’re trying to shoot a 3-pointer”,,
— Rocky Mountain Mike (@RockyMntnMike) May 29, 2014
For some reason, we all decided tonight was the night to really go for it with this Clippy joke… even though this news, joke included, broke earlier.
— Charlie Isaacs (@charlieisaacs) May 26, 2014
But wait. This goes way back.
Speaking of teams that would prob be better off under a Chris Hansen/Steve Ballmer ownership…just freaking wow….http://t.co/kemES8ISYj
— Akiem Bailum (@AkiemBailum) April 26, 2014
Way, way, way back.
Maybe Steve Ballmer can somehow trick Donald Sterling into selling the Clippers to him. Then he can move them back to Seattle…
— Steve Lawlis (@stevelawlis) January 26, 2011
Way to beat a dead horse, everyone. Actually, a 3-year-old dead horse.
Back to the drawing board!
UPDATE: According to TMZ, Ballmer isn’t buying the Clippers. All above comments about the Clippy joke remain true.
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Molly McHugh is the tech editor of the Daily Dot, focusing on technology, social media, sports, and streaming entertainment. Her work has also appeared in Wired and the Ringer.