"Homey don’t play that!"
Description: The angry put-down of Homey D. Clown (Damon Wayons), a frustrated black ex-convict who performs on the streets to make money on comic skits during IN LIVING COLOR/FOX/1990-94.
Homey D. Clown (real name: Herman Simpson) sports a clown’s grease-painted face, red hair, balding head, and a baggy yellow and orange clown suit with large pompom buttons and over-sized shoes. Working the streets and, an occasional party, Homey asks people if they want to see a trick, and then demands, "Give me a dollar," which he keeps.
This establishment-hating individual has a short temper and often hits people (whom he thinks will degrade or shame him) over the head with a stuffed sock. His catchphrase, "I don't think so, Homey don’t play that!" accompanies his head-bashing.
While visiting his parole officer, Homey claims that his file is just a "long list of lies perpetrated by the Man to keep a brother down." Note: To Homey, the phrase "the Man" means "whitey."
|Homey Claus:||Okay kids repeat after me. Silent night.|
|Homey Claus:||Homey's night.|
|Homey Claus:||All was calm.|
|Kids:||All was calm.|
|Homey Claus:||All was bright... Bright like the light that this cop shined in my damn face. He knew I didn't do nothin'. Two months parole...stop treating me like I was...I didn't do it. He knew I didn't do it. HE KNEW IT. [turning to kids] And you all ain't singing!|
|Kids:||[The Kids stumble with the words trying to remember] "HE KNEW I DIDN'T DO IT. HE KNEW I DIDN'T DO IT. [Homey hits the little girl with his sock]|
|Homey Claus:||That was beautiful. You almost made Homey misty eyed. I said almost. Now you all go on, get out of here.|
During a birthday party, the kids asks Homey to do somthing funny, like slipping on a banana, or letting them toss a pie in his face, Homey says, "Let's get something straight kids, Homey may be a clown but he don't make a fool out of his self."
When a little girl asks, "Why did you become a clown?" Homey answers, "I guess it's because I got so much love to give...and its part of my prison work release program. And I got about five more years of this clown crap."
He ends the party by singing the Homey the Clown song: Homey the clown, Don't mess around / Even though the Man / Try to keep him down / One day Homey will break all the chains / Then he'll fly away, but until that day / Homey don't play!