Obama rodeo clown: People have lost their ability to laugh

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, August 26, 2013 16:42 EDT
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Rodeo clown Tuffy Gessling (Screenshot)
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A rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair who sparked outrage earlier this month by wearing an Obama mask is speaking out about the controversy.

Tuffy Gessling told KCTV people have threatened to burn down his house and run him over with a car since the incident at the fair.

Gessling said the irreverent spectacle wasn’t meant to be “hating on anyone.”

“This clown bit has been around for generations,” he added. “I didn’t think anything more of it than what we’ve done 15 years ago, 10 years ago, five years ago, when we’ve done it with Bush, Clinton and Ronald Reagan.”

Many viewed a crowd of Missourians cheering for violence against the country’s first black president as a symbol of racism. But Gessling denied his stunt was motivated by race. He said he would be honored to shake Obama’s hand.

“I actually think that a lot of people have lost their ability to laugh,” he said. “Look at the country as a whole, there is a lot more to be mad at than a rodeo clown at a rodeo trying to make somebody laugh.”

Watch video, courtesy of KCTV, below:


Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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