“U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO, released a statement Sunday, calling the event “shameful” and “unacceptable.” – CBS News
Excerpted from The Kansas City Star: Missouri State Fair officials and politicians on Sunday condemned the performance of a rodeo clown who donned a mask resembling President Obama during Saturday’s bull riding competition.
A tempest over the incident erupted after the website Show Me Progress reported a Facebook account of it.
The Facebook writer said he had taken a Taiwanese student to the rodeo in Sedalia Saturday night. During the bull riding segment a rodeo clown appeared wearing an Obama mask.
“The announcer wanted to know if anyone would like to see Obama run down by a bull,” the posting said. “The crowd went wild. He asked it again and again, louder each time, whipping the audience into a lather.”
Another clown then apparently joined the performance. Keep reading
In the second video, the announcer can be heard saying, “We’re gonna smoke Obama, man. Are you ready? Obama, they’re coming for you this time.”
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A photo showing a rodeo clown dressed as President Barack Obama at the Missouri State Fair caused a stir on social media Sunday.
The photo was first posted on the liberal blog Show Me Progress. The blog post tells the tale of a Missouri resident, Perry Beam, who attended the fair in Sedalia with his wife Lily and a Taiwanese student Saturday night.
“Just prior to the start of the bull riding event, one of the clowns came out dressed in this,” the posts says, referring to the photo. “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. One of the clowns ran up and started bobbling the lips on the mask and the people went crazy.”
According to the post, a bull then charged the clown, forcing him to run away “to the delight of the onlookers hooting and hollering from the stands.”
“We then left quickly and quietly. Lily’s student is an inquisitive boy and asks a lot of questions about what he sees, and though he had never been to a rodeo he asked nothing about it, nor anything about America this time,” the blogger wrote. “We rode the sixty miles home in silence. In a way I’m glad. I had no answers for him.”
The same story was also posted on Daily Kos and shared on social media sites Facebook and Twitter Sunday morning. Much of the outrage centered on the fact that the Missouri State Fair is publicly-funded and billed as a family-friendly event.
In an email early Sunday night, Missouri State Fair spokeswoman Kari Mergen told KMOX News “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.”
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO, released a statement Sunday, calling the event “shameful” and “unacceptable.”
“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,” McCaskill said. “Missouri is better than this and I expect someone to be held accountable.”
Among those who took to Twitter to condemn the rodeo act was St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones, writing that “racism rears its ugly head at MO State Fair” and “the fair needs to do a better job welcoming ALL Missourians to the fair each year.” Jones also issued support for a plan to defund the publicly-funded fair.
“Since November 2008, racism has been masked under the guise of ‘anti-Obama sentiment,’” Jones added.
Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican, tweeted late Sunday afternoon that the Missouri State Fair “celebrates Missouri and our people. I condemn the actions disrespectful to POTUS the other night. We are better than this.”
Missouri Rep. Jeremy LaFaver, D-Kansas City, wrote on Twitter Sunday that he would no longer attend Missouri State Fair events and Rep. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, called the event “racist and degrading.” Keep reading