It was a sight gag used in both the original “Our Gang”/Little Rascals series in 1936 as well as the 1994 Little Rascals movie.
But yeah, absolutely a boneheaded comment in a press conference about the capture of a violent felon. Good on the Lieutenant for not taking the bait.
Thank you @Brainspore! I will add this to the post.
Image of the “reporter”
“Follow up question: Was there any danger of him painting himself in a camouflage pattern rendering him near invisible, similar to Predator technology, that could only be seen using heat vision, also from before mentioned Predator technology?”
“Can you imagine this body in a swimsuit?” / “I literally cannot.”
One of the funniest lines from the run of the show.
Other variations on the gag:
Did we all go through the looking glass during COVID? Lol
I’m guessing in a few days we’ll hear “I snuck into the prisoner escape press conference and asked this wild question!” from some random online prankster.
An Egyptologist on tumblr [whose username includes an expletive which many find offensive, but is in common use in Australia (which is where she’s from) and Scotland ferinstance, hence my reblog of her orig post is linked] periodically posts collections of the Seriously Weird Shit™ she encounters during her studies, which she hilariously and often nsfw-ly describes. The linked post is an example, and among the oddities featured is what she called
3 SNAKES IN A TRENCHCOAT
It’s curious that she didn’t mention the WITH A KNIFE part.
She’d gone back to that post a couple times, adding more bizarrerie. She also included a screengrab of another’s reblog and their tags, along with some kindly encouragement:
Since first seeing that post, whenever the two-to-three kids in a trenchcoat trope appears, I invariably think of SCTMU’s 3 Snakes in a Trenchcoat. With A Knife.
Are they sure it wasn’t a big bug in a skin suit?
You call THAT a knife!?
Seeing as it’s about as long as the 3 Snakes’ in a Trenchcoat entire torso area, I’d say yeah. Yeah, that’s a knife, Mate. A big fucking knife
I wish that “reporter” worked for me so I could fire them for being so stupid.
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