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Tuffy the Clown Speaks Out: I Was Not in the Obama Mask at the Missouri State Fair


So here's the truth, according to Gessling:

Rodeo clowns have been performing the same political skit featuring presidents and other well-known figures for 25 years. Last summer the rodeo clown wearing the President Obama mask was new to the gig and told Gessling he was nervous about being in the ring with the bull.

Gessling helped his fellow clown out, he says. He carried the clown out to the center of the ring and then started to make jokes over the microphone to the audience to ease the clown's nerves.

When the clown whispered that the mask was slipping and he couldn't see, Gessling continued joking with the crowd while he helped adjust the mask. Many in the audience or who would watch the video online misconstrued Gessling's actions, thinking he was playing with the mask's lips in a racially insensitive and disrespectful way, Gessling says.

"Nothing could be further from the truth," says Gessling. "I was just trying to calm down the guy in the mask and adjust it so that he could see. I kept assuring him that I would distract the bull and keep him safe as his character came alive, and then he was to run out of the arena."

Gessling's post went viral Monday night, earning nearly 2,000 likes and 600 shares in nine hours.

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Thomas "Tuffy" Gessling.
He also posted a petition on Change.org asking everyone from Obama himself to the director of Missouri rodeos to reinstate Gessling into his beloved profession as a rodeo clown. After only a few hours, the petition has already drawn more than 500 signatures -- half of what it needs to receive an official reaction from the White House.

See also: Missouri State Fair: Mark Ficken, Announcer in Obama Rodeo Scandal, Says Reports Are Wrong

"Tuffy believes his First Amendment right to free speech has been violated, and now he wants to set the record straight and regain his life," he posts online.

This is hardly Gessling's first chance to correct the record of his last rodeo. He drew so much support from new fans last summer that he considered signing with a talent agent.

See also: Tuffy Gessling The Clown May Get Talent Agent, "Overwhelmed" by Support After MO State Fair

Nearly 85,000 people follow the clown on Facebook, and supporters are posting encouraging notes in response to his latest news.

"On behalf of 99.9 percent of all Missourians, I apologize, Tuffy," writes Karen Gamble Bixby on the rodeo clown's Facebook page. "I want everyone to know that we're not all morons. This was just an extremely loud, but extremely tiny, minority, and we're embarrassed that this happened in our state."

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Who gives a fuck. Let tuffy and the rest of the horse fucking rubes who get off on this rodayo stupidity continue to have their retarded ass hillbilly entertainment. After all if they get off on cheering a bull to run over a representation of a black man then it is obvious to everyone with a brain to avoid these fucking hayseeds like the dregs of society that they are. Fucking trailer trash. Fucking braindead rodeo rubes. Fuck all of you.

Jay Smith
Jay Smith

Says the grammatically challenged wingnut who's contribution to society is working at a haunted house. LOL!

Sharon Johnson
Sharon Johnson

If Tuffy speaks out, he had better watch his back. he was set up for a reason.

J.d. Folk
J.d. Folk

SFW politicians are creepy people. This was a compliment.

CJ Seals
CJ Seals

Obama has turned out to be a bigger clown than anyone could have imagined...........he was ahead of the curve, so leave him alone

Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips

I have never seen anyone one with a Bush mask, who in the hell would want to act like the criminal Bush anyway?

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

Nobody can come up with a single photo of a Bush mask being used at a Missouri state fair.

Kayleigh Vogelgesang
Kayleigh Vogelgesang

Riiiiiiiiiiiiighhhhhtttt. Timing says he's crafted this story and is just now making it live. Maybe the talent agents saw his 'star' dimming and backed off. Fuck off dude.

Katie Walsh
Katie Walsh

Apparently wants to extend his 15 minutes.

Justin Deming
Justin Deming

Tuffy told his side of the story months ago on Mark Bland's radio show THE Q. Listen to it in the archive at www.theqnow.com Tuffy covers all these details and more.

Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

Some Body Was.....And Some Body's gonna' get Hurt !!!!!

Courtney Ringle
Courtney Ringle

lol... well.. sorry. but to some people the word Retard might be a little offensive. Im certainly not about to threaten anyones life over the use of the word. but.. ugh..

Bacon Cheddar Burger
Bacon Cheddar Burger

I try to be non offensive so I don't get death threats like the poor lad in the article

Courtney Ringle
Courtney Ringle

lol way to be so non offensive.. think you could have used a better word than Retard, dont you think? i think this issue was run WAYYY too far into the ground. by everyone.. from the "freedom of speech" advocates (who still really have no clue what it really means) to the ones who made the mole hill into the mountain.

Courtney Ringle
Courtney Ringle

... way to make your point relevant. curse words certainly make your viewpoint far more credible.. :-\

Jerry-Deana Van Fleet
Jerry-Deana Van Fleet

People now a days are retards!!! Everything is offensive and a threat!!! One way thinkers.

Gregg Jones
Gregg Jones

You're bright. Making a death threat? Dumbass.

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

not only offended, but apparently sending death threats.... to a clown

lmcflytime
lmcflytime

Can't believe we are still talking about this...it truly makes me depressed for humanity that people made THIS big of a deal out such a silly insignificant thing.  GET A LIFE AMERICA. 

perock
perock topcommenter

as someone who voted for obama i don't see how people could have been offended by what happened. Not from the video at least. it's pretty obvious that he's just adjusting the mask and those are the same kind of jokes that clowns and comedians make about every and any president or politician. i see nothing offensive about the bit.

Brandon Herges
Brandon Herges

It really annoys me how hypocritical people are. God knows how many Bush masks were worn in the most offensive ways possible during his presidency.

Bacon Cheddar Burger
Bacon Cheddar Burger

so when someone wears an Obama mask it offends people? If this article is even true, then anyone that was offended at the state fair is a retard.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@Jerry-Deana Van Fleet speaking of retards, your momma drop you on your head or was it genetic defects?

BillyGoatMusic
BillyGoatMusic

@Jerry-Deana Van Fleet take away his job and job, then?  


LukeDouglas
LukeDouglas

@Jerry-Deana Van Fleet Anyone who advocates the deathof 'any' President is not a 'real' American.  I didn't vote for Obama either time but I believe in the foundations of our Constitution which includes how Presidents are elected.  If you don't like our American way, then you need to just move out of the country.  

Obama was elected by a majority of the people.  It might not be the outcome I liked but it is the American Way.  And, as a Christian, it's simply wrong to advocate the death of someone else simply because you disagree with them politically.  

Don't like our President?  Then donate money, campaign and work your butt off the next election to get someone you want elected.  That is the American way.  Any other way and you're an anarchist.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@Jerry-Deana Van Fleet that's because you are dumb fucking white trash. fuck you hillbilly

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@Sammy Taylor white trash get down on your knees...

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