Obama mask at rodeo highlights racial divisions

Aug 15, 2013 Full story: Seattle Times 350

A clown wore a President Obama mask at the Missouri State Fair on Saturday night.

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#1 Aug 16, 2013
Sounds dam funny to me
Is a war coming

Dexter, MO

#2 Aug 16, 2013
What I found funny was the guy that said "It was like being at a klu klux khan rally".....
Really? I wonder how many khan rallies that guy has been to, to know what it's like.

Personally I've never seen anyone in a sheet or even heard of a khan rally. Who's this guy to know what it's like?
Seen too many movies if you ask me.
Cat74

Elgin, IL

#3 Aug 16, 2013
So there was Obama on one of the late night shows with his own Obama mask. He thought it was funny. Of course it was early in his first term, and he had not screwed up so often. Blacks are so offended, but others are not allowed to be offended. Too late!!!
grisgris

Poplar Bluff, MO

#4 Aug 16, 2013
It wasn't the mask that got the clown in trouble.

It was the dialogue that was going on during the act.

Go back to the video and listen to what he's saying. It might affect your opinion.

It's never a good idea to make a "joke" about injuring our president, any president.

It reminds me of when G.W. Bush was president, and somebody made a "joke" saying, "Where are you, Lee Harvey Oswald, now that we need you?"

Not funny, not appropriate, just like this clown's lame attempt at humor.
Cat74

Elgin, IL

#5 Aug 16, 2013
It is called free speech. Don't like it, too bad. That is why nothing was said when liberals defamed Bush. Free Speech. Sooner or later you will find that all the things that offend you are addressed in the U S Constitution.
grisgris

Poplar Bluff, MO

#6 Aug 16, 2013
The Constitution does not protect all speech, 74.

Here's one example: Freedom of speech does NOT include the right to incite actions that would harm others, i.e., shouting "fire" in a crowded theater.

Next time you go through airport security, tell them a "joke" about having a bomb in your carry-on, and see if your interpretation of the Constitution applies.
Is a war coming

Dexter, MO

#7 Aug 16, 2013
grisgris wrote:
It wasn't the mask that got the clown in trouble.
It was the dialogue that was going on during the act.
Go back to the video and listen to what he's saying. It might affect your opinion.
It's never a good idea to make a "joke" about injuring our president, any president.
It reminds me of when G.W. Bush was president, and somebody made a "joke" saying, "Where are you, Lee Harvey Oswald, now that we need you?"
Not funny, not appropriate, just like this clown's lame attempt at humor.
I watched and listened to the video. I read the transcript. What was said was in a joking manner. That's what a joke is.... A joke!
I swear this pussification of the United States public is appalling. Oversensitive buffoons.

“Yet another average white man.”

Since: Jun 11

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#8 Aug 16, 2013
It is moronic to say this highlights racial division. Detroit highlights it better. So does Baltimore, Birmingham, Atlanta and the NAACP. This event was not racist (unless you assume a rodeo is only something white people do). This clown's performance was not appropriate for suggesting an injury befall anyone, but it was not a racial matter at all.

The only ones making it "racial" at all are the press. And they are doing it by assuming that most (or all) white people are "racists". And THAT is racist folks.
GroBBBBBBB
Cat74

Elgin, IL

#9 Aug 16, 2013
Speech said in jest is protected. If you have no sense of humor too bad. Americans have had it with the forever offended. We don't care what offends you. If you are offended by what is said in public your head would implode if you knew what is said privately. Again, no one cares.
guest

Sikeston, MO

#10 Aug 16, 2013
grisgris wrote:
The Constitution does not protect all speech, 74.
Here's one example: Freedom of speech does NOT include the right to incite actions that would harm others, i.e., shouting "fire" in a crowded theater.
Next time you go through airport security, tell them a "joke" about having a bomb in your carry-on, and see if your interpretation of the Constitution applies.
I don't thing anyone was suggestion that someone go harm Obama GrisGris get a life. The mans a joke and shouldn't even be called President if he were white he would be impeached
grisgris

Poplar Bluff, MO

#11 Aug 16, 2013
How come you wingnuts turned this into a black/white thing?

Why are you all always bringing that up?

This was not racial.
Guest

Jackson, MO

#12 Aug 16, 2013
grisgris wrote:
How come you wingnuts turned this into a black/white thing?
Why are you all always bringing that up?
This was not racial.
Because, deep down inside, they hate the fact the US President is black.

Since: Jul 12

Sikeston, MO

#13 Aug 16, 2013
Guest wrote:
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Because, deep down inside, they hate the fact the US President is black.
You libs and the race card...sheesh!

The color of the President's skin has nothing to do with the way that anyone who isn't a Kool-Aid drinker feels about him.

What we don't like about him is his politics.

He's a narcissistic sociopath (if you don't know what that is, google it). The people who shaped his political views when he was younger were all Communists. His inner circle of 'advisors and czars' is made up of card carrying Communists.

He has no respect for the US Constitution. He refuses to work with the other side of the aisle. It's his way or the highway. If congress doesn't go along with one of his schemes, he enacts it by executive order.

This guy isn't a President. He's a want-to-be dictator.
Guest

Jackson, MO

#14 Aug 16, 2013
A Conservative wrote:
<quoted text>
If congress doesn't go along with one of his schemes, he enacts it by executive order.
Oh my Lord, the feared "Executive Order" -- the trademark of a Dictator. Sheez, whatever.

Obama: 2009-2013 (5 years) 162 Executive Orders to date

Bush: 1989-1993 (5 years) 166 Executive Orders

Oh my, was Bush Sr a want-to-be Dictator? Where was your outrage then over the number of Exe Orders? Care to count the numbers for Dwight D. Eisenhower? No, I bet not.
lolol

Albuquerque, NM

#15 Aug 16, 2013
Guest wrote:
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Because, deep down inside, they hate the fact the US President is black.
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believe me any incompetent boob occupying the white house deserves the derision and jokes. sic: see Jimmy Cahtuh , there was some hilarious masks of him and his teeth.
Guest

Jackson, MO

#16 Aug 16, 2013
A Conservative wrote:
<quoted text>

The color of the President's skin has nothing to do with the way that anyone who isn't a Kool-Aid drinker feels about him.
Do you seriously believe that? All joking aside, I think you are a bit disillusion on that statement. Peruse around the Sikeston and Cape Girardeau Topix forums, or even some popular local Facebook posts, and you'll see harsh racial jokes, racial screen names mocking him and a variety of references to our President and derogatory "n word" references that are void of political logic.

I sometimes agree with some things you post, or angles you see things, but you are truly wrong on this account.
Guest

Saint Louis, MO

#17 Aug 16, 2013
The Republicans have one goal: To destroy the white race. Don't be fooled by Republican rhetoric! The Republican party hates the white man and wants to keep him down. They talk a big game about advancing our white race, but they pass laws that put our white brothers in prison and keep us as the lowest class! Republicans are the biggest racists there are, and they hate whites!
Guest

Jackson, MO

#18 Aug 16, 2013
lolol wrote:
<quoted text>.
believe me any incompetent boob occupying the white house deserves the derision and jokes. sic: see Jimmy Cahtuh , there was some hilarious masks of him and his teeth.
I understand simple jokes. But having an effigy "ran down" by a bull is a bit tasteless. Have you heard the transcript from the rodeo incident?
fingiswold

Newark, OH

#19 Aug 16, 2013
the mask wasn't the problem, but the klan-meeting atmosphere

even the state's republican lt. gov thought it was crap and reflected badly on them
fingiswold

Newark, OH

#20 Aug 16, 2013
Cat74 wrote:
It is called free speech. Don't like it, too bad. That is why nothing was said when liberals defamed Bush. Free Speech. Sooner or later you will find that all the things that offend you are addressed in the U S Constitution.
no one's arrested him, dumbass...the fair and state authorities said it was shameful and tacky, and fired his ass

case closed, constitutuional bullshitter

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