Mary Ratliff, the head of the Missouri NAACP said rodeo clown Tuffy Gessling committed a “hate crime” when he wore an Obama mask in the bull ring.
She wants an investigation. What can you expect from a state that keeps sending Claire McCaskill back to the U.S. Senate? The Missouri State Fair banned Mr. Gessling. See, Tuffy is White, so how dare he? As RedState points out, Missouri has a problem with Obama dissenters.
I can’t tell if Tuffy wore Mommy Jeans. Can you? I don’t think a rodeo clown would be caught dead with Mommy Jeans.
The Left was outraged, but Mr. Gessling says the same bit has been done for years and was done with masks of Bush, Clinton and Reagan. When asked about his political persuasion, he said “I’m a rodeo clown.” He shouldn’t have been asked.
Even Slate is taking up for Tuffy:
Barack Obama is the president of the United States, and in that capacity people have the right—nay, duty—to make fun of him.
That was the rule when George W. Bush was president, wasn’t it? Eddie Vedder would occasionally sing Pearl Jam’s “Bush Leaguer” then impale a Bush mask on his microphone stand. Protesters at anti-Iraq War rallies would hold signs that put Bush in all sorts of compromising or murderous positions….
Criticism of the commander-in-chief is almost always in bounds; when it isn’t, as when former New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi made a joke about Chuck Schumer shooting Bush “between the eyes,” we typically let the offender apologize and move on.
So why not let Tuffy Gessling and the rodeo announcers just apologize? Was the Obama gag so much worse than any of the Bush parodies?…
Banning Gessling doesn’t fix that. It looks like corporal punishment for free speech, and it gives Obama-haters proof that they can’t criticize Dear Leader without the state coming down on him. It turns a dumb-but-legal political joke into a moment of martyrdom. “Tuffy’s big sin,” according to a Facebook page created to defend him, is that “he dared to tell [a] joke using Obama.” (I cherry-picked. Read the whole piece at Slate)
Mr. Gessling received death threats, was told that his house would be burned down, and had a woman call him a ugly name and spit in his face.
“The big white gate flew open. The bull came out bucking. The rider flopped from side to side and the bullfighters held back, letting the bull make his moves until the rider dropped off. Licciardello [One of the clowns] crouched in a heavily padded barrel, a human target should the bull decide to charge. Hawkins [another clown] waited near the barrel, holding his big inner tube. A dummy with a George Bush mask stood beside the clown, propped up by a broomstick.
“T.J. Hawkins rolled out the big inner tube, and the bull lowered his head, shot forward and launched into the tube, sending it bounding down the center of the arena. The crowd cheered. Then the bull saw the George Bush dummy. He tore into it, sending the rubber mask flying halfway across the sand as he turned toward the fence, sending cowboys scrambling up the fence rails, hooking one with his horn and tossing him off the fence.”
Good old-fashioned rodeo fun, no political mess and no tweets, Facebooks, blogs… Source: Washington Examiner
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Tuffy Gessling, Banned Rodeo Clown Interviews With KCTVS (video)
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