- Created on 12 August 2013
(CNN) -- A rodeo stunt at the Missouri State Fair has come under criticism after a clown donned a Barack Obama mask and stuck a broom up his backside.
The stunt took place during the bull riding competition on Saturday night.
Rodeo announcer Mark Ficken, president of the Missouri Cowboy Rodeo Association and a school superintendent, announced a special guest: "President Obama."
Working up the crowd, Ficken said, "We're going to stomp Obama now."
"As soon as this bull comes out, Obama, don't you move," he said. "He's going to getcha, getcha getcha, getcha."
A clown on the arena floor chimed in: "Hey, I know I'm a clown. He's just running around acting like one. Doesn't know he is one."
The stunt sickened Perry Beam, who came to the fair in Sedalia with his wife and a student from Taiwan to "give him a little piece of Americana."
Beam likened the atmosphere to a Klan rally.
"It wasn't clean; it wasn't fun. It was awful; it was sickening," Beam said, "It was racist."
The student, Jameson Hsieh, recorded a video of the incident, but had little to say afterward.
"He didn't say anything. We rode all the way home in silence," said Beam, who lives 50 miles away in Higginsville. "We were just ashamed, and he didn't ask any more questions. I think he had seen enough. It is just disgusting."
Condemnation came from organizers and politicians alike.
The board of directors at Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association issued an apology.
"The Sport of Rodeo is not meant to be a political platform. We are taking measures by training and educating our contract acts to prevent anything like this from ever happening again," a statement on the group's website said. "All Members of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association are very proud of our Country and our President."
Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder called for those responsible to be held accountable.
"I condemn the actions disrespectful to POTUS (President of the United States) the other night," in a post to his official Twitter account. "We are better than this."
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill echoed Kinder.
"The State Fair is funded by taxpayer dollars, and is supposed to be a place where we can all bring our families and celebrate the state that we love," she said. "But the young Missourians who witnessed this stunt learned exactly the wrong lesson about political discourse, that somehow it's ever acceptable to, in a public event, disrespect, taunt, and joke about harming the President of our great nation."
- Created on 09 August 2013
"One of the concerns that people raise is that a judge reviewing a request from the government to conduct programmatic surveillance only hears one side of the story ... [that] may tilt it too far in favor of security, may not pay enough attention to liberty," Obama said. "While I've got confidence in the court and I think they've done a fine job, I think we can provide greater assurances that the court is looking at these issues from both perspectives, security and privacy."
- Created on 07 August 2013
- Created on 08 August 2013
The Jackie Robinson statue that sits outside MCU Park in Coney Island was found defaced with racial slurs and graffiti Wednesday, according to the NY Daily News.
A park manager discovered the slurs on the statue's base around 8:30 a.m. The messages were written in black marker and featured the statements, "Heil Hitler," "Die N**ger," "F**k N**ger" and "F**k Jackie Robinson." There were also swastikas reportedly spray painted around the statue's top.
The appalling words outraged the Brooklyn Cyclones team that plays at the park, especially given Robinson's status as the first African-American Major League Baseball player.
"The statue is a symbol of tolerance," said Billy Harner, director of communications for the Cyclones.
"It's an absolute tragedy that someone would deface it the way they did." According to Harner, the perpetrator left the scribblings shortly after a Cyclones game Tuesday evening.
While workers were able...
- Created on 06 August 2013
After telling one of the club goers to grab him some napkins and allowing them entry, Davis said he sidestepped the woman’s advances and began writing his first documentary and directorial debut, “Svetlana’s Journey.”