Missouri Rodeo Clown Stirs Up Controversy

Missouri Rodeo Clown Stirs Up Controversy

Americans have a constitutional right to express themselves anyway they want. But some think how people at a Missouri state fair expressed their thoughts about President Obama went a little too far.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Americans have a constitutional right to express themselves anyway they want. To say whatever is on their mind. But some think how people at a Missouri state fair expressed their thoughts about President Obama went a little too far.

"It goes too far because you're supposed to have respect for the Commander-In-Chief no matter what color they are," Memphian Avery Bradley said.

Bradley has strong words for the Missouri rodeo clown who put on a Barack Obama mask to taunt bulls at the state fair.

"You're dealing with a lower life form," Bradley said. "They make fun of all politicians and leaders however when dealing with the Commander-In-Chief you should have a sense of morale."

Bradley said what the clown did is just plain racist.

"It's not even hidden racism and here we are in 2013 and have someone in front of a mass audience and everyone cheer it on. It's almost back to the Crowe days with the mask and painting," Bradley said.

Rev. Dwight Montgomery, president of the Memphis chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, says not only is it racist.. It is disrespectful.

"That's disrespect. The kind not shown to other non-African American Pesidents,” Montgomery said. "It's disappointing when you have those racist attitudes and disrespect that exist among people. You'd think they'd be more intelligent."

Montgomery is hoping people upset with the clown’s stunt suppress the urge to lash out.

"We must continue to promote brotherhood, love, and justice and I believe those things will overpower racists and bigots," Montgomery said.

Not everyone found what the clown did racially offensive.

They just said the whole thing is stupid.
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