Clowns and Free Speech

Posted: August 14, 2013 by ShortTimer in "Civility", Barack Obama, Culture, First Amendment, Joker, Leftists, Music

For those who missed it, a couple days ago at the Missouri state fair, a rodeo clown participated in some antics that offended the left horribly.  He dressed up in an Obama mask and made jokes that you can only make about every other president.

So now he’s banned for life from the MIssouri state fair.

And now rodeo clowns will have 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.

Byron York at Washington Examiner (who’s been wrong in the past, but not this time) points out that this isn’t the first time a president’s been made fun of, and that there are two different reactions of outrageous outrage.

The controversy over the incident seemed to have two parts. One was outrage in some quarters over the obvious disrespect and ridicule directed at the president. The other was outrage over the suggestion of violence toward Obama — in the form of an encounter with the bull — that was the premise of the act.

Thing is, this was just making fun of the president.  That’s all.  The left doesn’t like being made fun of.  Remember how they responded to this clown face with cries of racism?

>Prez's Allies Take A Page From... The Joker?Thing is, it’s just mocking Obama.  It’s not violent.  It’s just mocking.

Ultimately, it’s free speech.  Doesn’t mean everyone has to like it.

As far as accusations of violence, there’ve been far worse offenders that have been given passes:

As far as the use of violent imagery and the president is concerned, the Bush years saw imagery much more serious than a bump from a bull. For example, the 2006 film “Death of a President” was a faux-documentary that told the story of a fictional Bush assassination, including a graphic depiction of the Bush character being shot in the chest. After its premiere at the Toronto film festival, where it won the International Critics Prize, “Death of a President” was handled by a major American distributor, Newmarket Films, and was reviewed, seriously and on its own terms, by the Washington Post, New York Times and other major press outlets. The film’s makers were not banned for life from the movie industry or anything else; the director has since made several films that have shown at festivals around the world and is now working on a documentary on David Bowie.

Zombietime has a great roundup here of actual death threats and violence, for those who’ve forgotten.  Like this one, from an Obama campaign rally in 2008 in Denver, CO:

BushWhackerElMarco bush guillotine obama campaign rally denver oct 26 2008

Or this in San Fran in 2004 after the election:

bush in effigy nov 3 2004 zombietime san fran election rally

There’s a pretty big difference.

I’ll add also that rodeo clowns do a job that most folks don’t.  When you spend your time fighting 2000 pound animals with horns to keep cowboys from getting crushed into the dirt, you don’t really care about what somebody on MSNBC or DailyKos is going to say about a joke that your audience enjoys.  Well, except for those who’ve been trained to be so sensitive they don’t understand it’s just a joke.

HotAir’s quotes of the day today are all clown-related.

If the left wanted to get really mad, they’d probably get mad at GWAR.

But the thing is, it’s poking fun at someone in GWAR’s style.  Which they’ve done over and over again.  It’s not a call for violence, it’s a style of mocking humor.

GWAR also does a badass version of Kansas’ Wayward Son.

Comments
  1. 1peevedbob says:

    I suppose it is perfectly OK to burn a president in effigy, if he happens to reside on the wrong side of the isle. If the POTUS is black, a socialist, leftist, Marxist, and hates the country and the constitution, then YOU had better NOT make fun of this guy with the Dumbo ears.

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