Clowns by nature are silly, dumb, and show offs. Rodeo clowns also have to be brave and very fast. The few rodeos I’ve seen often had clowns wearing masks. It seems odd to punish a clown for clowning. Personally, I don’t think taste or humor should be legislated or subjected to the same public standards as say workplace practices or housing availability. Doesn’t the first amendment protect parody, satire, humor, silliness, as well as unpopular speech? Part of me wonders is this is a “fake” story initiated by conservatives to make liberals appear petty.
‘Nothing Racist’ Implied In ‘Obama’ Act, Says Rodeo Clown
Mark Memmot | NPR | August 14, 2013
Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown at the center of the controversy over the skit at the Missouri State Fair in which a , says “nothing racist was ever implied.”
“Comedians all over the country have used political figures to make fun of current events, it’s nothing new,” , a student-run news service from the University of Central Missouri. “I never tried to be a racist or anything like that. I love all people no matter their background. I live to make people laugh. When TV comedians are doing it every day, Rush Limbaugh is doing it every day, people on Facebook are doing it every day 10 times more than me. I was just trying to make light of the situation, that’s it.”
As , many others — including Republican and Democratic politicians — have condemned the act as being both disrespectful and racist.