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California Rodeo Clown Under Fire for "Racist Joke" About Michelle Obama ...
The San Luis Obisbo Tribune ^ | Monday, Sep. 17, 2012 | Julia Hickey

Posted on 09/17/2012 12:59:52 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Rodeo clown was behind racist joke about Michelle Obama

Racist Rodeo Clown and Michelle Obama, Rodeo clown tells racist jokle about Michelle Obama

It was rodeo clown Mike Hayhurst of Barstow, not announcer Ed Kutz of Arroyo Grande, who made an offensive, racist joke about first lady Michelle Obama over the public-address system of the Creston Classic Rodeo, a rodeo board member confirmed Sunday.

Spectators initially believed and reported that Kutz made the comment Saturday. Both he and Hayhurst were on microphones at the same time.

Speaking Sunday on behalf of the rodeo’s nine-member board, Mike Barrett said the rodeo is not responsible for the joke and will ask Hayhurst for a letter addressing the issue and a public apology. The board will discuss at its next meeting whether it will fire Hayhurst, and it will review scripts for future performances by any clowns.

“We probably won’t be using his services in the future,” Barrett said of Hayhurst.

The joke, as told by Hayhurst, went like this: Playboy is offering Ann Romney $250,000 to pose in the magazine, and the White House is upset about it because National Geographic only offered Michelle Obama $50 to pose for them.

According to rodeo board member Tom Hansen, the joke fell flat.

“Creston didn’t find it funny. This isn’t the kind of thing we trade in,” Hansen said.

Hayhurst was not performing at the rodeo Sunday. He was taken to an area hospital Saturday evening for head injuries, Barrett said. He did not know whether the injuries were related to an incident at the rodeo Saturday in which a bull tossed Hayhurst into the air.

When reached on his cellphone Sunday and asked whether he wanted to apologize for the joke or explain his comment, Hayhurst said: “I cannot believe how insensitive you are. I am in the hospital.” He then uttered a vulgarity and hung up.

Hayhurst has performed at the Creston event for several years but is an independent contractor and not officially affiliated with the rodeo, Barrett said. According to Hayhurst’s website, prorodeoclown.com, he has performed as a rodeo clown since 1977. He was once a city police sergeant and is now a charter school administrator.

Kutz, who was erroneously identified as the one who made the comment in initial reports, declined to speak to The Tribune on Sunday.

At the rodeo Sunday, as organizers distanced themselves from the comment, several people in attendance said they were not offended by the joke and did not believe an apology was necessary.

A woman who refused to give her name but said she lives east of Creston said, “It’s called freedom of speech. I don’t think (Hayhurst) did anything out of the ordinary. ... Let’s not blow things out of proportion.”

Another man who lives in Creston, who also declined to be named, said, “It’s not racist at all. It’s a joke. If these people are offended by that, then they don’t need to come to our rodeo.”

But one woman, who also would not identify herself, said, “It’s offensive on many levels. It’s also offensive to women, and it’s not an appropriate comment for a public forum.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: 2012; 2012election; california; clown; flotus; joke; michelleobama; multicult; nationalgeographic; pc; racecard; racism; racist; rodeo; rodeoclown; thatsracist; whitehouse
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Here is the gist of the joke according to Gawker.com ...

" ... he (Rodeo Clown) informed them on the rodeo's PA system that Playboy had offered Mitt Romney's wife Ann $250,000 'to pose in the magazine.'

But shock soon turned to horror when Hayhurst went on to say that 'the White House is upset about it because National Geographic only offered Michelle Obama $50 to pose for them.'"

1 posted on 09/17/2012 1:00:04 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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Clinton Clown At first ... I thought it might have been this clown that told the "offending" joke.
2 posted on 09/17/2012 1:01:16 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

How was that joke racist?


3 posted on 09/17/2012 1:02:01 PM PDT by MeganC (The Cinemark theatre in Aurora, CO is a 'Gun Free Zone'. Spread the word.)
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To: MeganC

I think the National Geographic reference is one of those “code words”.


4 posted on 09/17/2012 1:03:43 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: DogByte6RER

5 posted on 09/17/2012 1:03:59 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: MeganC

Ditto.


6 posted on 09/17/2012 1:04:31 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: MeganC
How was that joke racist?

Why, that's even racist for you to ask!

7 posted on 09/17/2012 1:04:38 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: DogByte6RER

geez, i think it’s kinda funny


8 posted on 09/17/2012 1:04:41 PM PDT by lesko
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To: MeganC

“How was that joke racist?”

Because it was about EmpERROR Zero’s wife.


9 posted on 09/17/2012 1:04:45 PM PDT by 2CAVTrooper ( For those who have had to fight for it, freedom has a flavor the protected shall never know.)
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To: MeganC

Natgeo magazine is known for featuring photos of naked African and aboriginal women.


10 posted on 09/17/2012 1:04:45 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: DogByte6RER

Well, it’s not very nice to make sex jokes out of the two contenders for FLOTUS, but I fail to see why it is racist.


11 posted on 09/17/2012 1:04:57 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: MeganC

what was so offensive ???


12 posted on 09/17/2012 1:05:01 PM PDT by ptsal (E)
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To: MeganC

Well, its a little stretch. Think of the “naked native African villagers” pictures in National Geographic in the 1960’s-1970’s.


13 posted on 09/17/2012 1:05:12 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: DogByte6RER

So, which clown told the joke?

14 posted on 09/17/2012 1:06:11 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: DogByte6RER

***...only offered Michelle Obama $50 to pose for them. ***

That is mild compared to some of the Rodeo jokes I heard 45 years ago!


15 posted on 09/17/2012 1:06:11 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: DogByte6RER

That joke feels a bit squatchy.


16 posted on 09/17/2012 1:07:14 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: billorites

I remember as a kid that National Geographic showed the breasts of black women but never white women.


17 posted on 09/17/2012 1:07:14 PM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: MrB
Natgeo magazine is known for featuring photos of naked African and aboriginal women.

Well, if they only had pics of white women wouldn't that be racist?

:-)

18 posted on 09/17/2012 1:07:26 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: DogByte6RER

This clown is used to dodging the bull. But the muzzy’s in the white hut will be throwing a lot of bull his way now.

You can’t make fun of the won.

This shows how little liberals understand or support the 1st Amendment. They are now just like those terrorists who are demanding a world law that bans freedom of speech.


19 posted on 09/17/2012 1:08:02 PM PDT by History Repeats (Drink plenty of TEA, but avoid the Koolaid.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

ping


20 posted on 09/17/2012 1:08:39 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: dead
That joke feels a bit squatchy.

Don't you sass me...

21 posted on 09/17/2012 1:08:39 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: DogByte6RER

LOL, Clown Clinton. Remember when he said Rush Limbaugh had stood up for Attorney General Janet Reno, but “only did it because she was attacked by a black guy.”


22 posted on 09/17/2012 1:08:43 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: MeganC
Sure its racist and funny.

It was in very poor taste to send it out over a PA system to hundreds of people though.

23 posted on 09/17/2012 1:08:43 PM PDT by Pietro
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To: DogByte6RER

I think in reality magazines actually offer her money to keep her clothes on, but that’s just me.


24 posted on 09/17/2012 1:11:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: DogByte6RER

OK that would be mildly amusing in a locker room among guys- but even then, YES it is racist...

But to think that would be funny in a crowded audience? That is certainly stupid


25 posted on 09/17/2012 1:11:51 PM PDT by Mr. K (Reagan: “Washington is where good ideas go to die.”)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Hey it was a clown—a fool—why should anyone care?


26 posted on 09/17/2012 1:11:59 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: lesko

I’m with you ... that was funny!


27 posted on 09/17/2012 1:12:41 PM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: DogByte6RER

“Hayhurst was not performing at the rodeo Sunday. He was taken to an area hospital Saturday evening for head injuries.”

This brave rodeo clown speakers his minds exercising his First Amendment Rignts and he is fired from his job and likely brutally attacked by agents of the Obama Regime.


28 posted on 09/17/2012 1:12:52 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: DogByte6RER

$50, wow, THAT much???

I wouldn’t pay 50 cents to see her in person.


29 posted on 09/17/2012 1:13:11 PM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Ryan and the other guy.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I don’t know but I’m sure the same guy does their makup!


30 posted on 09/17/2012 1:13:37 PM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: MrB
"Natgeo magazine is known for featuring photos of naked African and aboriginal women."

They feature pictures of whales too, and I'd say that the reference to Playboy was because Ann Romney has a nice figure, while Moochelle's figure resembles a female cow (whale).

31 posted on 09/17/2012 1:14:25 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: DogByte6RER

Its not funny only because Bill Maher didn’t tell it first.


32 posted on 09/17/2012 1:15:39 PM PDT by moovova
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To: MeganC

How was that joke racist?

__________

You have to be old enough or have a sense of history. Before there was Playboy, there was National Geographic and the women of primitive tribes.

It WAS a racist joke. Vulgar and inappropriate too - why should women who don’t sell their bodies be discussed appearing naked, and this in front of children?


33 posted on 09/17/2012 1:16:02 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: DogByte6RER
I thought comedians (which would include Rodeo clowns) got a pass on “racist” jokes. After all, that's what I've always heard after a Liberal comedian says something offensive. Bill Mahr always comes to mind...
34 posted on 09/17/2012 1:16:08 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: DogByte6RER

Oh please, just pick any prominent conservative woman - Palin, Bachman, Malkin, etc. - and I’m sure we can compile a much longer list of tasteless jokes made at their expense, with references much more objectionable than this.


35 posted on 09/17/2012 1:16:57 PM PDT by zencycler
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To: SMARTY

*rimshot*


36 posted on 09/17/2012 1:18:14 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: billorites

Actually I think this is an example where the comment was racist.


37 posted on 09/17/2012 1:19:04 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: dead
It does feel a bit squatchy. It's a squatchy joke. I don't like it cuz of all the squatch.

Squatch.

38 posted on 09/17/2012 1:19:14 PM PDT by Lazamataz (RAGE MONKEY RULEZ!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s actually a better joke! He should have used your punchline instead!


39 posted on 09/17/2012 1:22:45 PM PDT by Nea Wood (When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.)
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To: DogByte6RER

One of those conundrums where I have to say the joke made me laugh, but I don’t feel comfortable repeating it.

If I’m uncomfortable telling the joke to black friends then I won’t share it with white friends either...an dats the name of dat tune


40 posted on 09/17/2012 1:24:10 PM PDT by Tuanedge
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To: DogByte6RER

More like he’s in trouble for making fun of dear leader’s wife.


41 posted on 09/17/2012 1:25:05 PM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: heartwood

Where was the racism?


42 posted on 09/17/2012 1:25:17 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: DogByte6RER

It’s mildly offensive, but still kind of funny.


43 posted on 09/17/2012 1:25:26 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: heartwood

Those were the days. Some adolescent boys even resorted to looking through the Sears catalog women’s underwear section. NatGeo was infamous as material for adolescent boys. Of course, no one born after about 1970 remembers those days.


44 posted on 09/17/2012 1:25:26 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: DogByte6RER

Lame joke, all other matters aside, it’s not really funny


45 posted on 09/17/2012 1:26:41 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey Low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: New Jersey Realist

I remember when I was a boy, that Playboy showed the breasts of white women, but never black women....what’s your point?

If there had been tribes with naked, or topless, white women in some GEOGRAPHIC location, I’m sure the magazine would have featured them at some point.


46 posted on 09/17/2012 1:30:24 PM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: MeganC
It is not racist per say but was in bad taste
and I always wonder what are people thinking did he not think he would get smacked for saying that. Come on people we are dealing with the thinned skinned Obama regime like it or not you have to watch what you say or it will be used against you. If I said all the things I think about Mr and Mrs Obama I would be in the gulag.
47 posted on 09/17/2012 1:30:24 PM PDT by funfan
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To: DogByte6RER

Why so much for Michelle?


48 posted on 09/17/2012 1:30:27 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: smokingfrog

One need not make up jokes about mo. Just transcribe the things she says and the jokes write themselves.


49 posted on 09/17/2012 1:30:34 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and bo stinks)
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To: DogByte6RER

50 posted on 09/17/2012 1:30:34 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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