Rodeo chief's lawyer: Clown wearing Obama mask went rogue

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  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Aug. 16, 2013 11:01 p.m.

    So let me get this straight:

    If a liberal burns an American flag or burns a mannequin that is supposed to be George W. Bush, it's "free speech".

    But if someone with a conservative political philosophy wears an Obama mask and asks a crowd if they want to see 'Obama get trampled' by a bull, that's "hate speech".


  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 14, 2013 4:58 p.m.

    There has been worse things said of others.

    Lighten up.

    Hurt feelings, is poisoning our country.

  • Eliot Genola, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 12:55 p.m.

    No where in the article does it say that people are upset because the prank was racial. They are upset because the prank was directed at the president of the United States. Seems like an overreaction to me. Furthermore, the announcer appears to be trying to deflect all of the blame on the clown to avoid taking whatever heat is being applied. I am very skeptical that his comment, "Watch out for that bull, Obama" was meant as a warning to the clown rather than a clever play on words to make everyone laugh. He probably doesn't want to lose his government job.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    This racist accusation thing is getting downright ridiculous. I've been going to rodeos for decades and have seen literally every president during that time made fun of in very similar ways. Not one word by the media or anyone else has ever been said. Not a problem for anyone, and the audiences always enjoyed the skits. It's always light-hearted... just like in this case.

    Now that we have the first black president, all the rules seem to have suddenly changed. He's now put above what has been fair game for everyone else, including all other presidents. It's all done in fun and no harm has ever come from these humorous skits... never!

    Left wing zealots are changing America in a decidedly negative way. Most of us will soon be longing for the good old days before perceived political correctlness became extreme and started ruling everyday behavior.

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    Aug. 12, 2013 5:44 p.m.

    Just another example of the left enforcing their views, and depriving other of free speech and expression.

    The president is not above being ridiculed and made fun of... Obama is not God.

    Political Correctness is the child of communism.

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2013 3:35 p.m.

    Eli- the clown asked if the crowd wanted to see himself (in an Obama mask) "run down" by the bull. NOT gored. If you've ever been to a rodeo, you know that the act by the clown jumping into the barrell while the bull "runs it down" is a diversion while the staff readies the next chute. If this were any other person on earth other than an African American character, no one would have thought anything of it. Maybe the clown should put on a Putin mask next week?
    To say that there is a parallel to Emmett Till is Reaching at it purist definition. Look it up.

    What's next? Because the "clown" is dressed up as a clown, is he being insensitive to "clowns" ?
    Ugh! I'm soo sick of the thin skinned. Wait, I'll probably get lit up for that comment by the Fraternal Order of Thin Skins International. I'll apologize now.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 12, 2013 3:19 p.m.

    thing is, maher and behar directed even worse at bush, but not one peep.

    Thanks CHS 85 for recognizing this is silly.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Aug. 12, 2013 2:52 p.m.

    From the state which brought Americans the Extermination Order...

    We now have a Missouri Rodeo MC promoting the trampling of the POTUS.

  • Eli Tesecular PhD Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2013 1:51 p.m.

    There is a clear parallel between this racist rodeo clown wanting a bull to gore President Obama and the death of Emmett Till in 1955. In my mind, same thing.

  • RE Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 12, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    And if Leno would have said this would we have all the outrage?

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Aug. 12, 2013 12:58 p.m.

    Sheesh, people. Lighten up! I'm hardly a conservative, but I find this completely harmless and not newsworthy.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Aug. 12, 2013 12:39 p.m.

    How is this racist or even disrespectful?? It is a joke, a gag, designed to make people laugh. Here in Utah I have seen that same exact stunt, where a dummy is out in the arena wearing a mask. I have seen George Bush, both Clintons, and even a Newt Gingrich mask. It is for fun. Why they are making this a race issue I have no idea.

    DN Subscriber 2

    Rodeo clowns don't mess with the livestock. Bullfighters do, they are separate from the clowns. Clowns are strictly for entertainment, they do occasionally get in the barrel for the bull related events. But bullfighters and clowns are separate. Just F.Y.I.

  • Kouger Lehi, UT
    Aug. 12, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    to the harmless rodeo clown, watch out for the "Revenge" or you will certainly be "bullied" ... c'mon people, lighten up!!

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2013 11:41 a.m.

    If this were Bush or Reagan, it never would have made the news. Except in Variety!

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Aug. 12, 2013 11:38 a.m.

    What a bunch of bull!

    I bet that all those easily outraged folks have never been to a rodeo, or seen a rodeo clown. Heck, most have probably never even seen a horse, let alone stepped in cow poop.

    Rodeo humor is crude, down to earth, and usually filled with self-deprecation. It is used to fill the time between the events, where cowboys and cowgirls risk their lives and frequently incur serious injuries pitting their skills against "rough stock" critters many times their size, or in timed events requiring skill and agility doing things that are still needed to raise the Wagu beef and steaks that the outraged elites love but condemn those who raise it for them.

    Remember, the rodeo clowns are NOT just there for their entertainment value or comedic skills (or lack thereof), but as safety people to separate riders from the rough stock.

    The easily outraged would probably be even more upset if they knew that rodeos usually proudly display flags, and play the National Anthem, and engaged in other patriotic actions. Or, maybe that is their real reason for outrage.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Aug. 12, 2013 11:31 a.m.

    There are a lot of jokes that's inappropriate but is funny. It's a clown.
    The pun is intentional.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    Aug. 12, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    Can't talk bad about the fuhrer. No you liable to lose your job or get locked up. Soon you will be put to death when it gets even more tyrannical.

  • E & EE Ann arbor, MI
    Aug. 12, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    I haven't read much about this but it seems pretty harmless. What's the difference between this and SNL skits mocking politicians?