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Why do you hate mimes?

theSquidtheSquid Sydney, AustraliaRegistered User regular
edited March 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
What the hell is up with all this massive hate for mimes? I don't really get it. Is it some internet joke I'm not in on?

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  • Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Round Rock, TXRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Probably because mimes are a cousin of clowns, and oh god are clowns terrifying

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  • AlpineAlpine Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Imagine a mime going through their routine without any makeup or costume on.

    They look and act pretty ridiculous.

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  • vonPoonBurGervonPoonBurGer Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Mime hate is definitely older than the internet, so it's not some meme you just missed. People hate mimes for a bunch of reasons, but I'd say the top two are:
    • Mime's that do live street performance sometimes use members from the crowd as part of their act. They can't ask for volunteers though, because they do not talk. So they just grab someone. If that someone is you, and you're not that into it, it can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Anyone who's been snared in this fashion and didn't enjoy it almost certainly hates mimes.
    • It's French in origin, and people love to hate the French and anything they create.

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  • BEAST!BEAST! Adventurer Adventure!!!!!Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    They are creepy!! CREEPY!!!!

    I have a feeling you're a mime yourself, please stay away :(

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  • BurnageBurnage Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Because they should learn the words.

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  • ForarForar #432 Toronto, Ontario, CanadaRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    A couple friends of mine are mimes, though not in the traditional "black leotard wearing guy pretending to be pulling something heavy or stuck in a box" sense. I don't know how common they are in the rest of the world, but I've seen a number of what are essentially "living statues" around Toronto.

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  • BEAST!BEAST! Adventurer Adventure!!!!!Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    That's not a mime, that's a living statue. THOSE guys are cool, because they've gotta not move around.

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  • KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I can appreciate mimes in an academic sense - it's important for actors to learn how to use their bodies and expressions and the like to express themselves.

    In person, though, I'd prefer that they stay away. I appreciate the work that they do, just... not near me. Kindof how I appreciate the fact that animal testing has to be done to advance scientific learning, but I'd prefer that they didn't electrocute rats on my front doorstep.

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  • PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Yeah, living statue = fucking cool.
    Mimes = fucking creepy.

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  • UncleSporkyUncleSporky Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    • Mime's that do live street performance sometimes use members from the crowd as part of their act. They can't ask for volunteers though, because they do not talk. So they just grab someone. If that someone is you, and you're not that into it, it can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Anyone who's been snared in this fashion and didn't enjoy it almost certainly hates mimes.

    Thank you very much for pointing this out, I never thought of that. Makes perfect sense.

    To be honest I have seen some good mime acts and they can be quite interesting. They sometimes blur the line with stage magic (magicians have to mime that they're holding or not holding something quite often).

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  • PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    • Mime's that do live street performance sometimes use members from the crowd as part of their act. They can't ask for volunteers though, because they do not talk. So they just grab someone. If that someone is you, and you're not that into it, it can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Anyone who's been snared in this fashion and didn't enjoy it almost certainly hates mimes.

    Thank you very much for pointing this out, I never thought of that. Makes perfect sense.

    To be honest I have seen some good mime acts and they can be quite interesting. They sometimes blur the line with stage magic (magicians have to mime that they're holding or not holding something quite often).

    Maybe it's just a Quebec thing, but the mimes I've seen aren't dumb enough to grab people at random. They'll clap or something to get your attention, then beckon you. Or do the "lasso and rope-pull" thing.

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  • truck-a-saurastruck-a-sauras Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I for one am a fan of Mimes! In pokemon guess who my main used to be....Mr. Mime. That's right, Mr. Mime giant pimp hand slap to your bitch ass pokemon. oh you don't like that, then how about a rapid double-slap!

    In the eternal war of mimes vs clowns I proudly choose a mime any day over a horrible clown. But that doesn't explain my affinity for clown porn, I see a romeo/juliet (mime/clown) thing evolving here.

    (do not google clown porn unless you are truly ready)

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  • Local H JayLocal H Jay Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    because mimes are some smug motherfuckers.
    look at this smug ass bitch
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    what the fuck do you have to be smug about, mime?
    HUH
    YOUR A GODAMNED MIME

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  • SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 2009
    People have hated mimes since long before the internet existed.

    Hating mimes is basically part of popular and historical culture.

    Napoleon once had over 500 mimes executed just because.

    Jesus refused to bless mimes on principle.

    Even The Simpsons hate mimes.

    That's just the way it is.

    I mean, how, upon learning what a mime is, can you not hate them? They are everything that is wrong with humanity.

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  • anoffdayanoffday To be changed whenever Anoffday gets around to it. Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Probably because mimes are a cousin of clowns, and oh god are clowns terrifying
    This.

    They're not even entertaining. Anyone can do it.

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  • DjiemDjiem Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    • Mime's that do live street performance sometimes use members from the crowd as part of their act. They can't ask for volunteers though, because they do not talk. So they just grab someone. If that someone is you, and you're not that into it, it can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Anyone who's been snared in this fashion and didn't enjoy it almost certainly hates mimes.

    Thank you very much for pointing this out, I never thought of that. Makes perfect sense.

    To be honest I have seen some good mime acts and they can be quite interesting. They sometimes blur the line with stage magic (magicians have to mime that they're holding or not holding something quite often).

    Maybe it's just a Quebec thing, but the mimes I've seen aren't dumb enough to grab people at random. They'll clap or something to get your attention, then beckon you. Or do the "lasso and rope-pull" thing.

    It's not a Québec thing, because the mimes I've seen aren't assholes either. It varies from mime to mime, I guess.

    As for the hatred for mimes, it's simple: Just like clowns, THEY'RE CREEPY. I hate them both. To be honest, I don't hate the PEOPLE who are clowns or mimes, they're doing their job, or doing performance that I don't personally like or understand. I don't hate John Smith, the guy who's "Fuzzy the Clown" (or whatever) on his payroll. I hate Fuzzy the Clown.

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  • LerageLerage Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    (do not google clown porn unless you are truly ready)

    I wasn't truly ready :cry:

    I think it's because they're so cringingly OTT, I feel embarrassed for mimes.

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  • DeathPrawnDeathPrawn Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    anoffday wrote: »
    Probably because mimes are a cousin of clowns, and oh god are clowns terrifying
    This.

    They're not even entertaining. Anyone can do it.

    Doing mime well takes more skill/experience than you're giving credit for.

    That being said, I think a lot of people just don't find mimes amusing.

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  • Beren39Beren39 Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
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    Seriously though, I think much of the hatred of mimes stems from the fact that people generally equate them with transients, little better then the most persistent and annoying beggar, attempting to use a grating 'talent' to earn a dishonest living. Personally I'm pretty apathetic about the whole thing.

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