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Rodeo clown with Obama mask has big defender: Rush Limbaugh

 
 
Miller
 
Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 04:14 pm
Rodeo clown with Obama mask has big defender: Rush Limbaugh

By Robin Abcarian
August 12, 2013, 11:54 a.m.

Anybody with half a brain should have known it was wrong to put an Obama mask on the face of a rodeo clown Saturday at the Missouri State Fair.

It was wrong for the announcer, a local school superintendent, to rile up the crowd by saying, “We’re gonna stomp Obama now.”

And wrong for him to say, “As soon as their bull comes out, Obama don’t you move. He’s gonna getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha!”

It was wrong for the crowd to go wild.

Perry Beam, a 48-year-old musician who describes himself as an “old country boy,” was appalled by what he saw and blew the lid off this embarrassment by posting about it on Facebook. “One of the clowns ran up and started bobbling the lips on the mask and the crowd went crazy,” Beam wrote, according to his friend, Bob Yates, who reposted the item on a politically liberal Missouri website called Show Me Progress.

"Everybody screamed” and “just went wild” when the rodeo announcer talked about stomping the clown, Beam told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“It was at that point I began to feel a sense of fear,” Beam told the Dispatch. “It was that level of enthusiasm. ... It was cruel. It was disturbing. I am still sick to my stomach over it. ... I’ve never seen anything so blatantly racist in my life.”

Later, in an interview with Missouri TV station KSDK, Beam said the scene was "like an effigy at a Klan rally.”

The condemnations were harsh and swift.

The Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Assn. apologized. The state’s Democratic governor and Republican lieutenant governor condemned the prank. Noting that the state fair is a family event funded by taxpayer dollars, Missouri's Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said young people should not be taught that “it’s ever acceptable to, in a public event, disrespect, taunt and joke about harming the president of our great nation.”

So why did it happen?

Probably for the same reason that some idiot threw a banana on Sunday at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones at the Giants’ AT&T Park.

Probably for the same reason that a rodeo announcer near San Luis Obispo made a grotesquely racist joke about First Lady Michelle Obama last year.

And probably for the same reason that a medical resident at UCLA thought it would be funny to photoshop the face of a black surgeon onto a gorilla and show the gorilla being sodomized by a white department head. (That antic, by the way, cost UCLA $4.5 million.)

We may have a black president for the first time in our history, but racism in the guise of humor continues to be an undiminished flaw of the American personality.

It would be nice to report that no prominent person defended the blatantly racist disrespect on parade in Missouri over the weekend.

Dream on.

On Monday, the man you might call the head clown for racist humor in America put the blame for the Missouri embarrassment squarely at the president’s feet because the president had the audacity to discuss serious issues of foreign policy when he appeared with Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” last week.

“When the president of the United States more often than not connects with the American people on late-night comedy shows,” opined Rush Limbaugh on Monday morning, “what else can happen other than the diminishing of the office?”

Oh please. For decades, American politicians (John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, Sarah Palin, John McCain) have appeared on comedy shows. Far from diminishing the offices they hold or to which they aspire, they demonstrate -- or try to anyway -- that they are normal human beings, that humor can co-exist with the serious business of governing.

Presidents diminish their offices in many ways (see some of the names above). But appearing on television is not one of them.

And to link the disgusting spectacle at the Missouri State Fair to an innocuous Obama appearance on "The Tonight Show" is clownish at best.

Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Missouri's governor is a Republican. He is a Democrat.

www.LATimes.com
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 04:19 pm
@Miller,
Miller wrote:

Rodeo clown with Obama mask has big defender: Rush Limbaugh

By Robin Abcarian
August 12, 2013, 11:54 a.m.

Anybody with half a brain should have known it was wrong to put an Obama mask on the face of a rodeo clown Saturday at the Missouri State Fair.

It was wrong for the announcer, a local school superintendent, to rile up the crowd by saying, “We’re gonna stomp Obama now.”

And wrong for him to say, “As soon as their bull comes out, Obama don’t you move. He’s gonna getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha!”

It was wrong for the crowd to go wild.

Perry Beam, a 48-year-old musician who describes himself as an “old country boy,” was appalled by what he saw and blew the lid off this embarrassment by posting about it on Facebook. “One of the clowns ran up and started bobbling the lips on the mask and the crowd went crazy,” Beam wrote, according to his friend, Bob Yates, who reposted the item on a politically liberal Missouri website called Show Me Progress.

"Everybody screamed” and “just went wild” when the rodeo announcer talked about stomping the clown, Beam told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“It was at that point I began to feel a sense of fear,” Beam told the Dispatch. “It was that level of enthusiasm. ... It was cruel. It was disturbing. I am still sick to my stomach over it. ... I’ve never seen anything so blatantly racist in my life.”

Later, in an interview with Missouri TV station KSDK, Beam said the scene was "like an effigy at a Klan rally.”

The condemnations were harsh and swift.

The Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Assn. apologized. The state’s Democratic governor and Republican lieutenant governor condemned the prank. Noting that the state fair is a family event funded by taxpayer dollars, Missouri's Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said young people should not be taught that “it’s ever acceptable to, in a public event, disrespect, taunt and joke about harming the president of our great nation.”

So why did it happen?

Probably for the same reason that some idiot threw a banana on Sunday at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones at the Giants’ AT&T Park.

Probably for the same reason that a rodeo announcer near San Luis Obispo made a grotesquely racist joke about First Lady Michelle Obama last year.

And probably for the same reason that a medical resident at UCLA thought it would be funny to photoshop the face of a black surgeon onto a gorilla and show the gorilla being sodomized by a white department head. (That antic, by the way, cost UCLA $4.5 million.)

We may have a black president for the first time in our history, but racism in the guise of humor continues to be an undiminished flaw of the American personality.

It would be nice to report that no prominent person defended the blatantly racist disrespect on parade in Missouri over the weekend.

Dream on.

On Monday, the man you might call the head clown for racist humor in America put the blame for the Missouri embarrassment squarely at the president’s feet because the president had the audacity to discuss serious issues of foreign policy when he appeared with Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” last week.

“When the president of the United States more often than not connects with the American people on late-night comedy shows,” opined Rush Limbaugh on Monday morning, “what else can happen other than the diminishing of the office?”

Oh please. For decades, American politicians (John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, Sarah Palin, John McCain) have appeared on comedy shows. Far from diminishing the offices they hold or to which they aspire, they demonstrate -- or try to anyway -- that they are normal human beings, that humor can co-exist with the serious business of governing.

Presidents diminish their offices in many ways (see some of the names above). But appearing on television is not one of them.

And to link the disgusting spectacle at the Missouri State Fair to an innocuous Obama appearance on "The Tonight Show" is clownish at best.

Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Missouri's governor is a Republican. He is a Democrat.

www.LATimes.com


Rush Limbaugh is a joke himself. Anyone who takes him seriously is having fun at the expense of reason!

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raprap
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 04:57 pm
@Miller,
Rushbo has finally become a non-issue in pretty much everything--his radio show is presently losing sponsors faster than Linsey Lohan at the Betty Ford clinic.

Rap
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Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 05:41 pm
Rodeo officials were outraged by the clown's performance. He's been banned in Missouri.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-clown-obama-20130812,0,1862612.story

Btw, who's this Rush Limburgher?
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 07:40 pm
@Miller,
I don't understand how anyone could defend that.

There were plenty of people who hated Bush 2 but it never got close to as ugly as this.
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 07:42 pm
@boomerang,
boomerang wrote:

I don't understand how anyone could defend that.

There were plenty of people who hated Bush 2 but it never got close to as ugly as this.


Yeah, well, Bush was a white Republican.
boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 07:57 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
The really sad and scary thing is -- I can't quite convince myself that this sort of thing wouldn't be happening even if Obama was white...
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 08:14 pm
@boomerang,
Maybe. But I'm sure that race is a factor here.
boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 08:19 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
I think so too.

But what if it wasn't?

We've entered into a new kind of ugliness in America and I'm really unsure about such things anymore.
Miller
 
  0  
Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 09:11 pm
@boomerang,
We've never had the technology we have now, to spread violence and hatred.
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RABEL222
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 10:29 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
White RICH republican.
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Kolyo
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 11:36 pm
@boomerang,
boomerang wrote:

I think so too.

But what if it wasn't?


It wasn't.

They would have screamed just as loud if the clown had been dressed as President John Kerry, had Kerry become POTUS.
roger
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 11:46 pm
I'm going with race on this one, and I'm a fairly tough sell.
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mysteryman
 
  1  
Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2013 02:46 am
@boomerang,
Quote:
There were plenty of people who hated Bush 2 but it never got close to as ugly as this.


So what are all these...
http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=621

Scroll down to the pictures

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2010/08/in_the_line_of_ire.html
izzythepush
 
  1  
Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2013 05:45 am
@mysteryman,
Bush did have a head start though.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gMfwokK_ceE/Tjw-HbhkmkI/AAAAAAAAAR8/aWW3gbJtHdM/s400/go-ape.jpg
gungasnake
 
  0  
Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2013 06:06 am
@izzythepush,
W. has flown jet fighter planes, Poop. How long do you think you'd last in the air in a jet fighter??
izzythepush
 
  6  
Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2013 06:10 am
@gungasnake,
Not very long with him as the pilot. He sat out Vietnam in Texas.
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ehBeth
 
  1  
Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2013 06:22 am
@boomerang,
Politics is ugly, and America is still dealing with its history with slavery. The combo makes a particularly nasty stew.
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revelette
 
  2  
Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2013 06:53 am
@Kolyo,
Perhaps but would they have screamed just as loud when a clown did this?

Quote:
“One of the clowns ran up and started bobbling the lips on the mask and the crowd went crazy


They went crazy because they knew it was an outrageous racist joke, otherwise, why would it have even been funny? (funny for a racist crowd that is)
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Rockhead
 
  2  
Reply Tue 13 Aug, 2013 08:38 am
@mysteryman,
so you will be comfortable when they do this at the Kentucky State Fair?
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