If you just landed from another planet in the last day or two, you might think that the biggest issues rocking America are the “inappropriate” antics of an unknown rodeo entertainer who performed at the Missouri State Fair over the weekend.
Rodeo clown Tuffy Gessling appeared at the state fair Saturday night, doing what comedians have done for decades—wearing a mask that looked like the current president and mocking him. Under previous administrations, an entertainer poking fun at the president would be good for a few laughs and then everyone moves on.
But under this president, as always, things just don’t work that way. Offended members of his party and some Republicans have made sure that they’ve gone on record to let anyone who’ll listen know how offensive and disrespectful they think this is. Some are also pretty sure this was some sort of racist commentary on the part of the clown because as we all know, any jab of any kind made towards Obama is made only because he’s half Black.
Gessling over-estimated the ability of many people to take a joke when he appeared in the Obama mask Saturday night during the rodeo at the state fair (that receives state taxpayer funding). As rodeo clowns do, he was taunting the bull, as he was being taunted by the stadium announcer. Because the announcer and the clown were both wearing microphones, it’s a little hard to tell who was saying what when watching the video. However, neither said anything that presidents of the past didn’t have said about them without any fanfare.
The outrage has been swift and predictable. Missouri state fair officials have condemned Gessling’s actions, as have the Rodeo Cowboy Association who employed him but for some reason didn’t know who he was. He has been banned for life from ever performing at Missouri’s state fair. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, (D-MO) called it a “shameful” stunt. Another Missouri Democrat, Congressman Lacy Clay said the rodeo clown incident “showed an ugly face of intolerance and ignorance to the world.” Republican State Representative Caleb Rowden took to Twitter to voice his disapproval: “I don’t agree (with) this (president) on many things. But he is deserving of respect and shouldn’t be the object of political stunts. Out of line!”
Obama, the object of political stunts? Of course not! He should only be allowed to be the creator of political stunts. Like the one where information was withheld until after the election about what was going on and where he was the night our embassy in Benghazi was attacked and four people died. Then there was the one where the IRS was directed to give extra scrutiny to conservative groups prior to the 2012 election that kept them from being able to raise funds and voter awareness during the election season. Those were hilarious. * (NOTE: sarcasm intended- don’t want to offend anyone.)
Where was the outrage when George W. Bush was president and an off-Broadway play and an independent film were produced depicting his assassination? I don’t remember Claire McCaskill or anyone else being offended by that.
Politicians from all levels of government disrespect the American people day in and day out. They sign bills they don’t read that will change our lives (not their own) dramatically (Obamacare), and they spend our money on ridiculous things (take your pick). They do whatever they want, regardless of what we tell them we want, and they do it without consequence. If you’re going to be offended, be offended by politicians who think they know how to run your life better than you do.
..and if you’re a politician who doesn’t like being mocked, lampooned or called a clown— please choose another career path.
As for rodeo clown Gessling, he’s made no public statements as of now. He’s probably looking for a place to exile himself with the likes of Paula Deen, George Zimmerman and others whose lives and livelihoods have been ruined by the cruel hand of political correctness.
***8/14/13 UPDATE: Missouri state fair officials now want to require all future rodeo clowns to undergo sensitivity training! READ MORE HERE. Also, a Texas Republican Representative has invited the banished clown Tuffy Gessling to perform in Texas. Representative Steve Stockman said, “Disagreeing with speech is one thing. Banning it and ordering citizens into reeducation classes for mocking a liberal leader is another…liberals have targeted this man for personal destruction to create a climate of fear.”
Hurray for Rep. Stockman and Texas!