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    Missouri fair bans rodeo clown wearing Obama mask

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    Missouri fair bans rodeo clown wearing Obama mask


    This photo provided by Jameson Hsieh shows a clown wearing a mask intended to look like President Obama at the Missouri State Fair. The announcer asked the crowd if anyone wanted to see Obama run down by a bull, according to a spectator. So then everybody screamed. ... They just went wild, said Perry Beam, who attended the rodeo at the State Fair in Sedalia on Saturday Aug. 10, 2013.

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. The Missouri State Fair on Monday imposed a lifetime ban on a rodeo clown whose depiction of President Barack Obama getting charged by a bull was widely criticized by Democratic and Republican officials alike.

    The rodeo clown won't be allowed to participate or perform at the fair again. Fair officials say they're also reviewing whether to take any action against the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association, the contractor responsible for Saturday's event.

    The entertainment during the bull riding contest featured a clown wearing a mask of Obama with an upside down broomstick attached to his backside. Spectators were asked if they wanted to see "Obama run down by a bull." Many in the audience responded enthusiastically.

    Numerous Missouri officials denounced the act after video and photos were posted online. Some Democratic Missouri lawmakers suggested Monday that there should be financial consequences for the fair.

    The fair said in a written statement announcing the clown's ban that he had engaged in an "unconscionable stunt" that was "inappropriate and not in keeping with the Fair's standards." The fair's press release did not identify the clown.

    At least one person defended him. David Berry, a Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association member who was at Saturday's event, described the clown as a friend and said there was nothing offensive or unusual about his actions. Berry said the Obama character was meant to look like a dummy and that rodeo clowns have long performed such acts, often imitating sitting presidents.

    "The joke is not that it was the president," Berry said. "They drag out this person dressed like a dummy and all of the sudden this dummy just takes off running. That's what's funny."

    But other rodeo professionals said the Missouri fair stunt appeared to go too far.

    "It's not unheard of for a rodeo clown, depending on how he reads his audience, to play politics a little bit," said Jim Bainbridge, the senior public relations coordinator at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, based in Colorado Springs, Colo. "But this crossed a line. Clearly, when you're suggesting that the president should be injured, it kind of gets to a level of hostility that is inappropriate."

    Perry Beam, an attendee who posted a photo of the event on Facebook, has said it had the feeling of Ku Klux Klan rally. He said that, at one point, another clown ran up to the one wearing the Obama mask and played with the lips on the mask.

    The rodeo's announcer — whom some media initially identified as making the comments about Obama — sought Monday to distance himself from the clown's actions.

    Announcer Mark Ficken said through an attorney that the clown was wearing a live microphone and had given the announcer no advance notice about the skit. Ficken is president of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association and also is superintendent of the Boonville School District.

    "He was as surprised as anyone with the appearance of an Obama-masked rodeo clown," said Ficken's attorney, Albert Watkins of St. Louis.

    Watkins said Ficken's only comment during the event was to say, "Watch out for that bull Obama!" Watkins said that was meant as a warning for the clown's safety.

    Fair Marketing Director Tammie Nichols said the rodeo clown was hired by Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association and that fair officials did not know he was going to mock Obama.

    "We've worked with this company for many, many, many years. We have a longstanding history with them and never had any trouble," Nichols said.

    The association did not respond to an email request for an interview Monday and had removed the names of its officers from its website. A statement on the site said the association's directors are "dealing with the situation firmly and quickly as this type of behavior will not be tolerated. "

    Most of the Missouri State Fair's roughly $4.5 million budget comes from fees charged to attendees and vendors, but it receives about $558,000 from tax revenues, according to the state budget office.

    Missouri House Democrats have suggested the Republican-led chamber should form a special committee to investigate the incident and determine whether to continue providing tax dollars to the fair.

    State Rep. Steve Webb, chairman of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus, said Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon should cancel the governor's annual ham breakfast scheduled for Thursday at the fairgrounds. But Nixon spokesman Scott Holste said the governor did not plan to cancel the breakfast because of the "deplorable actions that took place during this one event."

    In the wake of a rodeo clown’s anti-Obama skit this weekend, the Missouri State Fair is forcing all clowns to undergo sensitivity training.

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    : Obama Clown Stunt Warrants Investigation by Secret Service, DOJ

    On Tuesday, the Missouri State National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) issued a statement asking for federal involvement in the case of a rodeo clown who wore an Obama mask and then asked the crowd if they’d like to see Obama run down by a bull. “The activities at the Missouri State Fair targeting and inciting violence against our President are serious and warrant a full review by both the Secret Service and the Justice Department. Incidents involving individuals acting out with extreme violent behavior in movie theaters, schools, churches, political appearances, and outdoor events in general speaks volume to the irresponsible behavior of all the parties involved with the incendiary events at the Missouri State Fair." said State President Mary Ratliff.

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    Presidential masks at rodeos is apparently nothing new. BIZPAC Review found a 1994 article about a rodeo that used a “George Bush mask” on a dummy as a target for charging bulls:

    PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, August 19, 1994:
    “. . . . Hawkins waited near the barrel, holding his big inner tube. A dummy with a George Bush mask stood beside the clown, propped up by a broomstick.

    Cowboys in their hats and long-sleeved shirts lined the arena’s fences, some sitting on the top rails, some standing right on the sand.

    This bull bucked well, needing no prompting from the bullfighters. And when the bull had lost his rider, he made moves toward the fences, sending cowboys scrambling up the fence rails, away from the bull’s horns. Each of the first four bulls did about the same, bucking well but choosing not to charge their fallen riders, demanding few of the bullfighters’ talents.

    The fifth bull was behind the gate ready to go. His rider, O.J. Jones, pumped with adrenalin and, like the other riders, shaking in anticipation, was settling onto the back of Number 117 when, up in the announcer’s booth, Dusty Cleveland enunciated the name that demanded respect.

    “JA-LA-PE-NO!”

    The big white bull with black spots and the foot-long horns came slamming out, looking big as a pickup truck, and Skimmer Walker, his feet spread, his hands out to the side, crouched to make a move.

    Jalapeno dispatched his rider before the mandatory eight seconds. Now he stood tall, his head up, looking for something to charge.

    T.J. Hawkins rolled out the big inner tube, and the bull lowered his head, shot forward and launched into the tube, sending it bounding down the center of the arena. The crowd cheered. Then the bull saw the George Bush dummy.

    He tore into it, sending the rubber mask flying halfway across the sand as he turned toward the fence, sending cowboys scrambling up the fence rails, hooking one with his horn and tossing him off the fence. . . . ”

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    In (partial) defense of the Missouri rodeo clown
    BY: Byron York August 13, 2013 | 2:10 pm

    The Missouri State Fair has banned for life a rodeo clown who wore a Barack Obama mask during a bull-riding competition and suggested that “Obama” might be run down by an angry bull. “Hey, I know I’m a clown,” the still-unidentified performer said. “He [Obama] is just running around acting like one. Doesn’t know he is one.” Many in the audience were amused; at least some were offended. The event was captured on home video, which quickly made the rounds of news reports.

    In a press release Monday, the State Fair said, “the statements and actions Saturday night were inappropriate and not in keeping with the Fair’s standards. The Missouri State Fair apologizes for the unconscionable stunt.” The organization said it had decided “to permanently ban this rodeo clown from ever participating or performing at the Missouri State Fair again.”

    The controversy over the incident seemed to have two parts. One was outrage in some quarters over the obvious disrespect and ridicule directed at the president. The other was outrage over the suggestion of violence toward Obama — in the form of an encounter with the bull — that was the premise of the act. This is the most complete video of the incident available; you can watch it to judge for yourself.

    Of course the Missouri State Fair can do what it wants, but the lifetime ban seems excessive. Any president comes in for a fair amount of public mockery, and what happened at the State Fair does not seem worse than the mockery of the president that occurred — without consequences like lifetime bans — during George W. Bush’s years in the White House. It’s not necessary to recite all the insults, threats, and other offenses directed at Bush during his presidency; if you were awake during those years, you know there were a lot of them. But perhaps it would be useful to list a few, and ask whether they resulted in punishment and professional exile for those involved.

    As far as disrespect and ridicule are concerned, in 2007, TV newswoman Erin Burnett, who then worked for MSNBC, repeatedly referred to Bush as a “monkey” during a report on an economic summit. Burnett, who later apologized, was not banned from television; she is now a prime-time anchor on CNN.

    Burnett was not alone; depictions of Bush as a chimpanzee, in particular, were common on the Internet during those years. And not unheard of on television. In October 2009, after Bush left office HBO’s Bill Maher said on his program “Real Time,” that, “Barack Obama, an actual college professor, replaced George Bush, an actual chimp.” Maher was not banned from HBO; he is still the host of the program.

    In August, 2007, North Dakota Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy was caught on video calling Bush a “clown.” Pomeroy later apologized, but he was not banned from office. Instead, he was re-elected for a ninth term in the House in 2008. He did lose in the Republican wave of 2010, but is now a lobbyist in Washington.

    As far as the use of violent imagery and the president is concerned, the Bush years saw imagery much more serious than a bump from a bull. For example, the 2006 film “Death of a President” was a faux-documentary that told the story of a fictional Bush assassination, including a graphic depiction of the Bush character being shot in the chest. After its premiere at the Toronto film festival, where it won the International Critics Prize, “Death of a President” was handled by a major American distributor, Newmarket Films, and was reviewed, seriously and on its own terms, by the Washington Post, New York Times and other major press outlets. The film’s makers were not banned for life from the movie industry or anything else; the director has since made several films that have shown at festivals around the world and is now working on a documentary on David Bowie.

    In the 2004 novella “Checkpoint,” author Nicholson Baker depicted a conversation between two men planning to assassinate Bush. “He’s one dead armadillo,” says one character, speaking of the president. The Washington Post was impressed by the book’s “fanciful flourishes and fierce, furious fits of anger.” Baker was not banned from anything and is still writing and being published today.

    In June 2006, Alan Hevesi, then the comptroller of the state of New York, delivered a college commencement address in which he paid tribute to Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer by calling him “the man who, how do I phrase this diplomatically, who will put a bullet between the president’s eyes if he could get away with it.” Hevesi later apologized, explaining that he merely intended to praise Schumer’s courage and toughness. Hevesi was not banned from office; he was, in fact, re-elected as comptroller later in 2006. (He didn’t stay much longer, resigning when he was indicted on corruption charges.)

    Going through these various incidents is not intended to suggest that the people involved should have been banned from their professions. It’s perfectly fine that Burnett and Maher and the others still have their jobs. It’s just to ask: Why should the Missouri rodeo clown be banned for life? Couldn’t his employers have demanded an apology instead?
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    People (rightfully) made in fun of Bush Jr and people have been making fun of Presidents going back to Richard Nixon. This is stupid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocknblues81 View Post
    People (rightfully) made in fun of Bush Jr and people have been making fun of Presidents going back to Richard Nixon. This is stupid.
    goes back longer than that - find an album called "The First Family" by Vaughn Meader - good stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocknblues81 View Post
    People (rightfully) made in fun of Bush Jr and people have been making fun of Presidents going back to Richard Nixon. This is stupid.
    But because it's Obama, it's now "racist"...
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    Heck they made a movie that had guys wearing President masks to rob banks. All of them were living at the time too.

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    This is only a big deal because it's Obama. Whites can't make fun of blacks otherwise you are the Grand Wizard of the KKK

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    I agree with rocknblues81. I'm uncomfortable with the slash and burn response of the rodeo organizers. I think they fanned the flames by apologizing profusely, sending the rodeo clown to "sensitivity training" and having the announcer and the rodeo president resign.

    I think they should have just said "We're sorry people were offended. We would have mocked any president with a piss-poor approval rating whether he was black, white, yellow or red. Race had nothing to do with this stunt".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugs Meanie View Post
    I agree with rocknblues81. I'm uncomfortable with the slash and burn response of the rodeo organizers. I think they fanned the flames by apologizing profusely, sending the rodeo clown to "sensitivity training" and having the announcer and the rodeo president resign.

    I think they should have just said "We're sorry people were offended. We would have mocked any president with a piss-poor approval rating whether he was black, white, yellow or red. Race had nothing to do with this stunt".
    People need to stop apologizing for this stuff. It just makes you look weak.
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    ‘TEXANS VALUE SPEECH’: GOP REP. INVITES EMBATTLED ‘OBAMA MASK’ RODEO CLOWN TO PERFORM IN LONE STAR STATE

    Republican Steve Stockman, a U.S. representative from Texas, invited the rodeo clown who wore a mask of President Obama to perform in his home state, his office stated Wednesday.

    “Liberals want to bronco bust dissent. But Texans value speech, even if its speech they don’t agree with,” Stockman’s statement reads. “From Molly Ivins to Louie Gohmert and every opinion between Texans value free and open political speech. I’m sure any rodeo in Texas would be proud to have [the] performers.”

    The viral story from the Missouri State Fair has honchos from both sides of the political aisle up in arms, including Glenn Beck, who declared that “Obama is not God!” on his radio broadcast Monday and then held a “Mock Obama Day” on Tuesday.

    But White House spokesman Josh Earnest said earlier Wednesday that the stunt—in which the clown was chased around by a bull “to the delight of the onlookers hooting and hollering from the stands,” according to one witness—was “not one of the finer moments” for his home state. U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) called the stunt shameful and unacceptable.

    What’s transpired since the uproar?

    The rodeo clown was permanently banned from performing at the Missouri state fair;

    Fair officials have mandated sensitivity training for future performers;

    The NAACP has asked the Justice Department and Secret Service to investigate.
    But Stockman isn’t having any of it, saying the response from the left is “straight out of Alinsky.”

    Congressman Steve Stockman (R-Texas) (AP)

    “They want to crush dissent by isolating and polarizing anyone who questions Obama, even if it’s a rodeo clown with a harmless gag,” said Stockman. “The idea to create a state of fear and make people afraid to trivialize Obama. No one tried to personally destroy the rodeo clown who wore a George H.W. Bush mask.”

    “Disagreeing with speech is one thing. Banning it and ordering citizens into reeducation classes for mocking a liberal leader is another,” Stockman added. “Liberals have targeted this man for personal destruction to create a climate of fear.”


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    People get outraged by this but innocent civilians in other countries that get killed via our drone strikes ordered by war criminal Soetoro/Obama don't even get a peep... pathetic...

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    seems like a pretty disrespectful thing to do but hardly something that should be a huge story. Amazing that it seems that racism has become MORE of a story since electing a black president. Go figure.

 

 

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