August 14, 2013 by staff · Comments Off
Rodeo Gives Clowns Penalty, Seeking a more socially sensitive type of rodeo clown, the Missouri State Fair will begin requiring its clowns to undergo sensitivity training before running out into the dirt and acting like imbeciles for the amusement of spectators.
This is because on Saturday in Sedalia, Missouri, a clown went out into the rodeo dirt with a Barack Obama mask over his head and a broom attached to his butt while another clown hollered over the public address system, “The bull’s gonna getcha, Obama!”
The crowd in attendance roared with what some considered an uncomfortable degree of approval, and the Internet came down hard against it. So here we are, sending rodeo clowns to sensitivity training so as to make them think twice before encouraging livestock to “get” U.S. presidents.
This is not the first time something like this has happened, although the Internet was barely a thing the last time it made the news. In 1994, a dummy in a George H.W. Bush getup actually did get “gotten” by a bull, which tore into the dummy and sent its rubber head flying across the arena to the delight of a cheering crowd.
Some in attendance in Sedalia, however, felt the Obama skit was racially charged, with one observer likening it to a Ku Klux Klan rally. Further complicating matters is that the rodeo is supported by tax dollars, meaning virtually every aspect of this episode was controversial in one way or another.
Although the clown in question was condemned by Missouri politicians from both major political parties and banned from ever practicing his craft in Missouri again, he did find support in Texas from Republican congressman Steve Stockman, who invited the clown to perform in his state.