It's not stupid in itself, but the problem is you were asked what type of apple you liked and you're on a tangent about elephants. Yes, elephants are big, but that has nothing to do with the conversation at hand. But that's the point, isn't it? To ignore facts and data, to disregard anything resembling rational and reasonable examination and to just try to tug on heart strings, all the while attempting to accuse everyone else of doing it and hoping no one can figure out how to scroll up or go back a page to see what was said.
It's not stupid at all. It's brilliance that sadly is lost on a population that has a very limited grasp on even the most basic concepts of civics and social constructs.