Skip to comments.Missouri school officials looking into rodeo clown Obama skit (announcer may lose his job)
Posted on 08/15/2013 12:20:51 AM PDT by Zakeet
Missouri officials say they will look into whether school district employees engaged in "offensive conduct or remarks" in a controversial state fair rodeo skit.
Missouri State Fair officials have banned a rodeo clown for life from the fair for the skit in which he wore a Barack Obama mask and taunted a bull. The state fair commission apologized Sunday for the clown's performance at the taxpayer-funded state fair in Sedalia.
Mark Ficken resigned Tuesday as president of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association after fair officials fired the clown for what it called "disrespectful" treatment of the president.
Ficken, who was the public address announcer at Saturday's event, is also superintendent of the Boonville School District. He has disputed media reports he delivered lines that fair officials said were "inappropriate and disrespectful, and [did] not reflect the opinions or standards of the Missouri State Fair."
Ficken contends he only delivered the single statement, "Watch out for that bull Obama!" as a warning to the clown that the bull was approaching.
In a statement, the Boonville School District said it "will not tolerate racially inflammatory statements by its District employees" and it has taken steps to hire an outside investigator, The (St. Louis) Riverfront Times reported Wednesday.
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I had to refrain from further comment on this article out of fear of being banned from this forum for life!
Cannot speak ill of Dear Leader in a communist state.
By the way, FUBO!! Assclown!!
Long past shooting time. Getting rounded up into camps is the way America will go.
“the one” shall not be mocked!
Rubber masks of Nixon and every president since have been used in less than flattering manners, but this one incident in flyover country gets people fired?
No one even uttered ill toward Obama.
The "most powerful man in the world" has a pretty thin skin--either that or his worshipers have one for him. My Reaction? Boycott Missouri Rodeo until they are reinstated. The fired rodeo clown has put his life on the line for others--and that is more valuable, imho, than the piker in the oval office.
It seems that Barack’s image has been parlayed by a foolish crowd into representing the Generic Black Man.
The problem is the abuse of the image by THOSE folks, not by the rodeo clown!!
I bet said clown would be very welcome in Tennessee.
By the way, I’ve been praying that He will allow Barack to allow some grace through and ask those folks please stop seeing him and his image as representing the entire black population of America. And please get over themselves.
But he’d have to fall back on God to get to that point of humility. That choice is up to Barack. Nobody can make him do it. And God can’t force him to do it, but God can orchestrate events in a manner well beyond our ken to bring us a Barack who would do exactly that. I still believe it worth the prayer. If it happens we will be exceedingly glad. I’m not mad at Barack. However God and I have an affair to settle with Old Scratch.
The idea that the state should intervene on behalf of the sovereign to censor political speech, even satire, has been rejected time and again in America. By the logic of those who would impose financial sanctions for this act of satire at the Missouri State rodeo fair, what would George III have done to Thomas Jefferson for writing a bill of particulars of the sovereign's crimes in a document called the Declaration of Independence? My original take on this matter has not changed:
The idea that the state should intervene on behalf of the sovereign to censor political speech, even satire, has been rejected time and again in America. By the logic of those who would impose financial sanctions for this act of satire at the Missouri State rodeo fair, what would George III have done to Thomas Jefferson for writing a bill of particulars of the sovereign's crimes in a document called the Declaration of Independence? The article says that the Missouri State fair is subsidized by the state in an amount in excess of $500,000 a year. Presumably the state has given the Missouri State fair the power of police over the grounds and other arrangements which make affair at least a quasi governmental operation. There is no place in America for censorship on behalf of the sovereign, especially by the sovereign.
The essence of that idea was enshrined in the Supreme Court's opinion New York Times vs. Sullivan, which protected the media even when it libels those who have not even attained the exalted position of sovereign, merely because they are celebrities.
We now have in a companion thread the story of a poor Swiss shopgirl being harassed because Oprah Winfrey, with her multibillion-dollar power of the press, says she was slighted. The companion article reveals that the shopgirl says that Oprah simply misunderstood what was said, not unlikely when there is a language barrier. But the point is we have now so institutionalized African-American sensitivity that we have created a monster. The subjective reaction of sensitive African-Americans should never be elevated over the Constitution of the United States.
Black Celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and especially black presidents like Barack Obama should not be occasions for the distortion of my birthright-or yours.
Since writing the above an additional report has emerged alleging that Oprah Winfrey in 2005 made a similar complaint while in Europe coincidently just before one of her movies was to be released. The author notes that Winfrey is involved in another movie production now. The implication is that these are stunts for publicity. If so, it illustrates one more reason why it is so dangerous to institutionalize African-American sensitivity. We are pandering always to the subjective reactions of African-Americans to whatever stimulus seems to trouble them today -or offers a likely profit.
When we act as a government, even through quasi-governmental agencies like the Missouri State fair, to deprive people of a livelihood because we disapprove of their political speech, we are proceeding down a dangerous path. When it happened in Hollywood the left has never let the world forget it decrying for the next half-century the so-called Hollywood Blacklist.
The left will never let us forget McCarthyism (or at least its definition of McCarthyism) but we are now suffering from McCarthy in blackface.
“He” meaning God
If you make fun of “The Great ObamaNation” it’s a hate crime. Even wearing a mask of ‘it’ is a hate crime. Nothing exposes a bad law like its enforcement.
Some FReeper suggested a demonstration/rally where people would be encouraged to wear masks of ‘it’. Sort of like that Guy Fox thing
This is getting insane.
You can no longer parody these people. They do it themselves.
But Fist gate pedophiles only get a slap at worst in school districts. Can’t be grading the teacher or the President, I guess.
Ayatollah Mohammed Obama... we are ruled by mad clerics. Too much government.
Funny they say the Fair is Tparty tax payer paid as legitimacy for the firing. That is right, not paid by school officials who are paid by us.
Meanwhile, teachers in CA are “standing in solidarity” with a homosexual pedophile who raped one of his male students.
Not a whimper from the lapdog press.
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