Liberals and politicians are fit to be tied over a weekend stunt at the Missouri State Fair in which a rodeo clown donned an Obama mask and was chased by bulls, the Kansas City Star reported Sunday.
According to an eyewitness account posted on Facebook, one of the clowns came out wearing the mask.
“The announcer wanted to know if anyone would like to see Obama run down by a bull. The crowd went wild. He asked it again and again, louder each time, whipping the audience into a lather,” the account said.
“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,” the eyewitness added.
“Silence is not an appropriate response to this ‘entertainment’ on grounds owned by all Missourians,” said a poster at the liberal Daily Kos. “All I want is some heads to roll.”
Fair organizers did not contest the account, The Blaze reported.
“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,” they said in a statement. “We strive to be a family friendly event and regret that Saturday’s rodeo badly missed that mark.”
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., called the stunt shameful and unacceptable, adding that the fair receives taxpayer dollars and is supposed to celebrate the state, Dave Urbanski added.
“But the young Missourians who witnessed this stunt learned exactly the wrong lesson about political discourse — that somehow it’s ever acceptable to, in a public event, disrespect, taunt and joke about harming the president of our great nation,” she said.
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican, added his voice to the chorus of condemnation.
The [fair] celebrates Missouri and our people,” he said on Twitter. “I condemn the actions disrespectful to [the president of the United States] the other night. We are better than this.”
But posters at the Daily Kos issued no calls for condemnation when “Death of a President,” a movie fantasizing about the assassination of George W. Bush, was released in 2006.
“In all, Death of a President is worth a viewing simply because it takes the political arena of film in a slightly new direction. Whether or not the subject matter is ‘tasteless’ is up to you to decide,” one poster wrote.
“As much as I detest George W. Bush, the British television movie depicting the assassination of the president disturbs me,” wrote another diarist, falling just short of condemning the movie.
The Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association apologized for the incident and promised to take action to ensure it never happens again.
“We are taking measures by training and educating our contract acts to prevent anything like this from ever happening again,” the group said in a statement.
Video of the incident can be seen here.
Update: The State Fair banned the clown permanently and mandated “sensitivity training” for all contractors and subcontractors. More here.
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