Monday, August 12, 2013
Rodeo clown at Missouri State Fair draws criticism for wearing Obama mask
A clown wearing a President Barack Obama mask appeared at a Missouri State Fair rodeo this weekend and the announcer asked the enthusiastic spectators if they wanted to see "Obama run down by a bull." The antics led the state's second highest-ranking official, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, to denounce the performance in a tweet Sunday. He said it was "disrespectful" to the president. "We are better than this," the Republican tweeted. State Fair officials said the show in Sedalia was "inappropriate" and "does not reflect the opinions or standards" of the fair. "We strive to be a family friendly event and regret that Saturday's rodeo badly missed that mark," they said in a statement Sunday. It wasn't clear if any action will be taken against the performers. Perry Beam, who was among the spectators, said "everybody screamed" and "just went wild" as the announcer talked about having the bull run down the clown with the Obama mask. "It was at that point I began to feel a sense of fear. It was that level of enthusiasm," Beam, a 48-year-old musician from Higginsville, said Sunday, referring to the reaction from the crowd that filled the fair's grandstand. He said another clown ran up to the one wearing the Obama mask, pretended to tickle him and played with the lips on the mask. About 15 minutes into the performance, the masked clown had to leave after a bull got too close, Beam said...more
It wasn't clear if any action will be taken against the performers.
Think about that. Criticize or make fun of the President and action may be taken against you.
Jay Leno does that, and no action is taken against him. The Prez even recently made an appearance on his show.
Dennis Miller does that and no action against him is even proposed.
Yet a guy in cowboy boots does it and it becomes the AP "Big Story". How come?
Beam, who grew up attending the State Fair and attends the fair just about every year, said he has never seen anything like the Obama mask display, which he felt was inappropriate for a state-sanctioned event that receives state funding.
Yes, a "state-sanctioned event" brings out all the politicians and their silly political correctness, and rodeo is tangled up with government almost everywhere.
Consider this: the NFR and the College NFR are held in public facilities. State Fairs & County Fairs are held on or in public facilities. How many rodeo arenas can you think of that are located on private property, where the events are privately managed with no public funds involved? I'm not talking about roping arenas, but rodeo arenas. How many could you name? The only one I've competed in would be the Lazy E Arena in Oklahoma. Otherwise, they were government owned.
That's why rodeo is so vulnerable to the animal rights crowd and now the political disease known as "PC". Watch for it at an arena near you.