Missouri State Fair: Clown Wears Obama Mask, Speaker Suggests Bull Attack, Crowd Goes Wild

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Courtesy of Perry Beam
Rodeo clown with Obama mask.
On Saturday at the Missouri State Fair, a rodeo clown put on a mask of the president's face while an announcer repeatedly made taunting remarks, asking if anyone would like to see Obama run down by a bull.

The crowd went wild.

This is the story from one outraged attendee who shared his account -- and photos and video evidence -- with Daily RFT yesterday. Since the first report on the blog Show Me Progress, the stunt has received national attention and condemnations from Missouri Republican and Democratic officials alike.

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Here's an excerpt of the original account attendee Perry Beam posted on his personal Facebook page:

Just prior to the start of the bull riding event, one of the clowns came out dressed in this. The announcer wanted to know if anyone would like to see Obama run down by a bull. The crowd went wild. He asked it again and again, louder each time, whipping the audience into a lather. One of the clowns ran up and started bobbling the lips on the mask and the people went crazy. Finally, a bull came close enough to him that he had to move, so he jumped up and ran away to the delight of the onlookers hooting and hollering from the stands. We then left quickly and quietly.

And larger versions of the rodeo clown with the Obama mask, courtesy of Beam:

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Courtesy of Perry Beam

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Courtesy of Perry Beam

Beam, a Higginsville resident, tells Daily RFT that he went to the state fair with his wife and took a visiting student from Taiwan -- who is staying with them -- with the hopes of showing him a United States tradition.

"We wanted him to see the rodeo, because that's uniquely American. It's always a family kind of thing, a patriotic kind of thing," he says.

But toward the end of the night, he says, the Obama rodeo clown appeared.

Recalling the announcer's commentary, he says, "Then, he started saying, 'How many people want to see Obama trampled by a bull?' And the crowd is cheering on and on and so he kept it up. It just didn't stop. It went on and on and on and on."

Beam says, "I got sick to my stomach."

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Courtesy of Perry Beam

Everyone around him was enjoying it, he continues. "Nobody was uncomfortable but us that I could see.... They all wanted this to happen. It was hideous. I was sickened as a white man. Had I been a person of color, I would have been afraid."

He adds, "This is on Missouri state grounds.... They made it racial in my opinion, which made it aggressive as well as exclusionary.... It was not only the way the president was portrayed, but also the crowd's response, so enthusiastic to see any human being trampled by a bull."

Beam says he only intended to alert his Facebook friends and write a letter to the governor and state fair officials complaining, but his message has already spread virally.

Here's video footage Beam sent us that we uploaded last night:

The announcer is heard saying, "I'm excited! Yahoooo! We're gonna smoke Obama, man! You ready? Obama, they're coming for you this time!"

He says, "As soon as this bull comes out, Obama don't you move! He's gonna get you, get you, get you, getcha!"

"Obama, watch out for those bulls!" he says at another point.

And on and on.

The Missouri State Fair, which is funded by taxpayers and was established through the state legislature, issued an apology late yesterday amid criticisms from prominent lawmakers in the state.

A spokeswoman sends Daily RFT this short statement:

The performance by one of the rodeo clowns at Saturday's event was inappropriate and disrespectful, and does not reflect the opinions or standards of the Missouri State Fair. We strive to be a family friendly event and regret that Saturday's rodeo badly missed that mark.

She did not respond to our inquiries on who was responsible for the incident and what kind of consequences might occur.

The State Fair received more than $400,000 from taxpayers this year. Eli Yokley has identified the announcer in question as Boonville School Superintendent Mark Ficken, president of the Missouri Cowboy Rodeo Association.

Meanwhile, the stunt has faced criticisms from a range of politicians, notably Lt. Governor Pete Kinder, a Republican.

Continue for response from Missouri officials and more photos.


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Pokeno Robinson
Pokeno Robinson

lmao what that mean you have a CCW. People are strapped fool and they don't have CCW. Come on down!!!!!

Pokeno Robinson
Pokeno Robinson

Can't judge your brother, I feel sorry for him having to deal with you. You're an ass!

Pokeno Robinson
Pokeno Robinson

Ohhhhhhhh somebody mad! Want to curse me out in caps. roflmao I must have hit a nerve. You know a lie will make you smile, but the truth will make you cry...need a tissue John!

Pokeno Robinson
Pokeno Robinson

Bullying me doesn't work, I'm not a child. Also I know a racist when I read one, and you are definitely one. Probably Paula Deen dragqueen talking smack. I'm not prejudice my bestfriend is black. #classicraciststatement. Being a woman I have no need to grow a pair. But it's obvious you do, because you're on here chatting BS like a little bitch.

John Klostermann
John Klostermann

also DUMB ASS. HEY ST LOUIS CELEBRITIES UNCLE PASSED AWAY. HOW IS BACK. I sent his sister and his nephews. a sympathy card. with nothing in mind for return. just to say I'm sorry for the loss. if I was a racist, would not on that. You small MINDED TURD!

John Klostermann
John Klostermann

And DUMB ASS. When I look at my brother. I see MY BOTHER TONY. AND NOT A BLACK MAN. YOU ARE SUCH A SMALL MINDED FUCK. TO SEE THERE IS MORE TO IT THAN MONEY. AND AGIAN HE PULLED THAT CARD AND NOT ME. see that's what you liberals do. IS TO TURN EVERYTHING AROUND TO MAKE YOU LOOK GOOD.

John Klostermann
John Klostermann

Again dumb ASS you don't know the complete story. I am not holding a grudge. Just some people just be helped. And then its just time to let them go. Till you KNOW THE COMPLETE STORY. You can't judge me or him! And that a fact!

Pokeno Robinson
Pokeno Robinson

Really I'm the dumb ass, but you're the one holding a grudge and talking bad about your "brother" over money. Anyone that disowns family over money is a dumb ass and shallow. And if you think calling me names is going to do anything or make me look ignorant like you, you're mistaken. I'm very intuitive and I have a strong feeling it wasn't the "brother" that pulled the race card, but you. Small minds talk about people, as you were trying to belittle me with your foul language. You really were showing the world your true colors. Thanx!

Terry Burk
Terry Burk

That's nice Pokeno. That is a great way to describe people that have dedicated their lives to helping others. You are obviously not in Rainman territory with regards to IQ...I am guessing more like Pokemon. Good luck on your Candy Crush adventures.

Tyrone Tyreek Tyson
Tyrone Tyreek Tyson

Thanks Libtards for destorying Missouri. This is nowhere near racist.

Tyrone Tyreek Tyson
Tyrone Tyreek Tyson

Wow Okeno, you're so brave! Grow a pair, you damn liberal! Go back to TUmblr and Upworthy with your bullshit.

Elmo Farquar
Elmo Farquar

So much for free speech, or humor for that matter. :-\

John Klostermann
John Klostermann

See pokeno Robinson. You don't know the complete story. Besides you are the one smelling up this page. And not anyone else. He is family and had a restaurant. I gave him money to keep it going. Yes I knew about the drugs. I even kicked him out of my house (where he lived with me) for drugs. I thought he would change and turn around if he had a direction to go. But as I said HE PULL THE RACE CARD AND NOT ME. YOU DUMB ASS

Pokeno Robinson
Pokeno Robinson

Get the mask and "wear" it in St.Louis. Doesn't matter northside or southside you will not be wearing it long.

Pokeno Robinson
Pokeno Robinson

It's just a joke, let me see you deliver that joke on the northside of St.Louis. I will be happy to video it and put it on youtube.

Pokeno Robinson
Pokeno Robinson

Dear Terry Burk "Rainman" had a high IQ but he was still an idiot. And we all know MD's that are pure a@@holes. ijs ; )

Pokeno Robinson
Pokeno Robinson

I am very far from being a fool. I can also spot BS a mile away and you're smelling up the page. Your condescending aura is obvious. First you're parents adopted him not you. Maybe you resented that and he's felt that from you all his life. Then you throw money and drugs in the game. If you knew he had a drug problem why give him cash. Take care of what that person needs, buy groceries, pay his utilities, pay his rent you don't put the money in their hands, especially if you know they have a problem. So really who is the fool.

Pokeno Robinson
Pokeno Robinson

It's very obvious, you're not the best man or his friend. If you were you would have empathy.

Pokeno Robinson
Pokeno Robinson

@ Jesse Riley.This is a form of bullying, kids kill themselves over much less. Kids post crap like this about each other of FB and because of it several kids have committed suicide and have killed others. I guess they should grow some skin also. Skin which you're clearly a waste of.

Mary Ann Russum
Mary Ann Russum

I not only went to the North side, i went house to house to make sure people knew were there polling stations were and to remind them to vote.

Pokeno Robinson
Pokeno Robinson

@ Jesse Riley bet you won't go to the north side of St.Louis and state that mess.

Rachel Webb
Rachel Webb

I don't think the photos really say much, because it wasn't really about the mask but about the tone and atmosphere that was created over the loudspeaker.

Jimmie Thomptson
Jimmie Thomptson

whatever happened to freedom of speech? i'm sick & tired of blacks getting special treatment

David B Fowler
David B Fowler

F em if they can't take a joke. They rode bush like a rented mule.

Jesse Riley
Jesse Riley

Somebody stated that at this fair, they felt like they were at a KKK rally? Most of the people here don't look old enough to fully understand what that means. Clowns are just trying to bring a little humor I thought. Why are there so many liberal progressive panty waists that get all bunched up whenever they talk about BO?

John Molina
John Molina

Perhaps I have a dry sense of humor. But how is this funny? :-(

Jesse Riley
Jesse Riley

BTW my best friend is black and I was his best man! How bout them apples?!

Jesse Riley
Jesse Riley

How many white people are there in the NAACP? If a white group was formed like this we'd all be racist but if minorities do it then its okay? Seems to be some double standards somewhere?

Jesse Riley
Jesse Riley

Next time I'll get that mask and where it to a republican or libertarian party. Since we're all white and he's black. Boo friggin' hoo. They should get over it already!

Jesse Riley
Jesse Riley

No they didn't feel that way. Not in MO! I must be a moron then cause I make fun of politicians all the time! You must have never watched SNL when Tina Fey made fun of Sarah palin? Sarah Palin didn't cry about it!

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

First amendment rights of speech also come with consequences. Especially when you voice opinions of hate or violence.

Terry Burk
Terry Burk

Dear Wilhelm, Maybe I am if you consider a 154 IQ (30 year member of mensa) and an MD degree stupid. Although I would consider that high standards for a socialist such as yourself.

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

It's looking like many of you are most upset that bad behavior everywhere is finally NOT being tolerated any longer. It's called accountability for actions. Now who has their panties in a bunch? Is it really the liberals? Or is it the racist, tea bag party of if you're white- then you must be right! Hmmm

Jesse Riley
Jesse Riley

Skin color doesn't matter. It's the fact that he has the biggest office and title in America. All comedians make fun of prez!

Jesse Riley
Jesse Riley

What's wrong with being white? I'm white.......and I will never apologize for that! God made us all different and that's okay. Nobody's dying here, it's just a mask!

Terry Burk
Terry Burk

I guess if you consider a 154 IQ and an MD degree stupid.

Jesse Riley
Jesse Riley

Yeah we need to let the kids, children, teens, anyone who will listen know its okay under the first amendment! Grow some skin people!

Vicky Willhelm
Vicky Willhelm

I guess thats why people who were there said they felt like they were at a kkk rally. You're a friggin moron if you think this is acceptable!

aarontj
aarontj

@Vicky Willhelm "they felt like..."  C'mon Vicky.  Why take one side but not another?  Grow some thicker skin (everyone, please).  Why on earth do we let words put us in these situations?  Work on a rebuttal & toss it back; i guarantee you conservatives can take it.

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