If you’ve ever been to a state fair then you can probably imagine how difficult it might be to choose the single most embarrassing or shameful moment there but the people in Missouri took the cake on that one last night.
Basically, a clown wearing a mask of President Barack Obama came out during the bull riding event. The crowd was asked if it wanted to see Obama “run down by a bull.”
Things got worse from there, which doesn’t surprise me, given the anti-Obama feeling among many fairgoers from rural Missouri, where Obama lost bigtime to Mitt Romney (at least 60-40 percent in much of outlying parts of state) in 2012 re-election bid.
Egged on by the crowd and the announcer, “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.”
Show Me Progress published one of the Facebook posts from someone attending the fair who described the appalling incident.
Last night, Lily and I took a student from Taiwan to the rodeo at the Missouri State Fair. Just prior to the start of the bull riding event, one of the clowns came out dressed in this. 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. 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. 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. We rode the sixty miles home in silence. In a way I’m glad. I had no answers for him.
It’s one thing to disagree with the president’s policies and it’s quite another, for a taxpayer funded event, to dress up a rodeo clown like the president of the United States and encourage the crowd to cheer for serious injury or death. It’s another example of the right wing pretending to disguise racism as political discourse of some sort. The people of Missouri should be ashamed of themselves.