Missouri Fair clown draws criticism for Obama mask: ""It was the usual until the very end at bull riding," he said. "As they were bringing the bulls into the chute and prepping them ... they bring out what looks like a dummy. The announcer says 'Here's our Obama dummy, or our dummy of Obama.
"They mentioned the president's name, I don't know, 100 times. It was sickening," Beam said. "It was feeling like some kind of Klan rally you'd see on TV.""
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I think all this stuff is in poor taste. But the general atmosphere at the rodeo, and with rodeo clowns particularly, is one of sophomoric hijinx.
Also, I remember clearly when Pearl Jam--probably before a much bigger audience--abused an effigy of President Bush.
"Incensed fans walked out of Pearl Jam's concert Tuesday after lead singer Eddie Vedder impaled a mask of President Bush on a microphone stand, then slammed it to the stage.
Most of Vedder's antiwar remarks earlier in the Pepsi Center show were greeted with mixed cheers and scattered boos. But dozens of angry fans walked out during the encore because of the macabre display with the Bush mask, which he wore for the song Bushleaguer, a Bush- taunting song from the band's latest album, Riot Act."
Even Slate acknowledged that burning Bush in effigy was a popular past-time back in the 00's.
"George W. Bush was routinely hanged and burned in effigy in the United States, including during the famous "Pants on Fire Tour" led by Ben and Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen, who hit the road with a 12-foot tall effigy of Bush."
So I find it hard to get really worked up about it.