Some clown thought it was a good idea to appear as President Obama during the Missouri State Fair rodeo this weekend. Then another clown, masquerading as the announcer, thought it was an even better idea to ask spectators if they wanted to see “Obama run down by a bull.”
But the state’s second highest ranking official didn’t find the antics amusing.
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder denounced the performance in a tweet Sunday. He said it was “disrespectful” to the president. “We are better than this,” the Republican tweeted.
State Fair officials said the show in Sedalia was “inappropriate” and “does not reflect the opinions or standards” of the fair. “We strive to be a family friendly event and regret that Saturday’s rodeo badly missed that mark,” they said in a statement Sunday.
One spectator said once the clown came out, everybody was in an uproar screaming with excitement.
“It was at that point I began to feel a sense of fear. It was that level of enthusiasm,” Perry Beam, 48, a musician from Higginsville, said Sunday, referring to the reaction from the crowd that filled the fair’s grandstand.
“. . . They bring out what looks like a dummy. The announcer says ‘Here’s our Obama dummy, or our dummy of Obama. They mentioned the president’s name, I don’t know, 100 times. It was sickening. This isn’t the Republican Missouri State Fair,” Beam said. “It was cruel. It was disturbing. I’m still sick to my stomach over it. … I’m standing here with a mixed-race family. My wife’s from Taiwan, and so was the student (his family was hosting). I’ve never seen anything so blatantly racist in my life.
“If an old country boy picks up on something like that, imagine what a person of color would think.”
Where’s a bull and its horns when you need it?