Rodeo Clown Wearing Obama Mask Draws Criticism at Missouri State Fair
On Saturday night (Aug. 10), a rodeo clown decided to put a Barack Obama mask on as part of a bull riding skit at The Missouri State Fair. The reaction to this story has already reached mainstream media outlets, and the performance has received mixed reviews throughout the state.
Yael T. Abouhalkah of the Kansas City Star wrote a piece about the incident:
Basically, a clown wearing a mask of Obama came out during the bull riding event. The crowd was asked if it wanted to see Obama “run down by a bull.”
Things got worse from there, which doesn’t surprise me, given the anti-Obama feeling among many fairgoers from rural Missouri, where Obama lost to Mitt Romney (at least 60-40 percent in much of outlying parts of state) in 2012 election.
Egged on by the crowd and the announcer, “One of the clowns ran up and started bobbling the lips on the mask and the people went crazy. Finally, a bull came close enough to him that he had to move, so he jumped up and ran away to the delight of the onlookers hooting and hollering from the stands.
I feel like Abouhalkah tried to lump every rural Missourian together and just assumes that we are all Republicans. While some of the people at the rodeo may have been cheering and hollering, I am guessing many didn’t. It’s unfortunate that this incident has given fairgoers a bad reputation.
The Missouri State Fair has since issued an apology:
The performance by one of the rodeo clowns at Saturday’s event was inappropriate and disrespectful, and does not reflect the opinions or standards of the Missouri State Fair. We strive to be a family friendly event and regret that Saturday’s rodeo badly missed that mark.
Do you agree that the skit missed the mark? If it was all in comedy, isn’t everyone fair game?