The Missouri State Fair has issued a lifetime ban against a rodeo clown who wore an Obama mask during a skit.
The audience was asked this weekend if they wanted to see "Obama run down by a bull" and many in the crowd cheered.
The Missouri State Fair did not identify the rodeo clown, but said it may take action against the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association, which was responsible for the rodeo event.
According to the Associated Press, the Missouri State Fair said the rodeo clown had engaged in an "unconscionable stunt" that was "inappropriate and not in keeping with the Fair's standards."
David Berry, a Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association member, said there was nothing offensive about the parody, which was not even about President Obama.
"The joke is not that it was the president. They drag out this person dressed like a dummy and all of the sudden this dummy just takes off running. That's what's funny," claimed Berry.
Jim Bainbridge, of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, disagreed.
"It's not unheard of for a rodeo clown, depending on how he reads his audience, to play politics a little bit, but this crossed a line. Clearly, when you're suggesting that the president should be injured, it kind of gets to a level of hostility that is inappropriate," said Bainbridge.
The rodeo's announcer Mark Ficken said through his lawyer Albert Watkins that the rodeo clown had not given him any advance notice about the skit.
"He was as surprised as anyone with the appearance of an Obama-masked rodeo clown," said Watkins.
Why did Ficken apparently play along with the skit?
Watkins said Ficken's only comment was: "Watch out for that bull Obama!" which was supposedly a real warning for the rodeo clown's safety.
However, other reports say the rodeo announcer asked the crowd: “Who wants to see Obama get trampled?”
Source: Associated Press