Used to incite people’s real feelings.
The uproar in wake of the incident is more outrageous than the act itself, which was more court jester/Punch and Judy-like than anything else.
Philly.com: “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 crouched in a heavily padded barrel, a human target should the bull decide to charge. Hawkins 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,” wrote Douglas A. Campbell of The Inquirer at the time.
George H.W Bush rubber mask in rodeo skit (pic fm: Gatewaypundit)
That’s a clown question, bro: Rodeo clowns asked to take ‘sensitivity training’
The fallout from a Missouri rodeo clown’s mockery of President Obama continued as the Missouri State Fair said it will force all clowns to undergo sensitivity training and the head of the state rodeo-clown organization resigned.
The state fair commission voted Monday to ratify its decision to ban for life the clown in question who wore an Obama mask. The rodeo announcer and a second clown wearing a microphone asked whether the crowd wanted to see him get run down by a bull.
The crowd enthusiastically approved, according to spectators, one of whom compared it to a Ku Klux Klan rally and said his mixed-race family felt threatened.
But the state commission went further Monday, saying it will require that before the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association can take part in any future state fair, “they must provide evidence to the director of the Missouri State Fair that they have proof that all officials and subcontractors of the MRCA have successfully participated in sensitivity training.”
The mockery during Saturday’s bull riding event at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia and the resulting criticisms from Missouri elected officials of both parties has prompted two days of polarized commentary on social media and political talk shows, including calls for firings and investigations from liberals who called the skit racist.