Stupidity on steroids: Missouri NAACP prez says Obama rodeo clown act = “hate crime”

Posted by: ST on August 16, 2013 at 8:54 am

Good grief:

The head of the Missouri Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said Thursday that a rodeo clown who donned a mask of President Obama at the Missouri State Fair had committed a hate crime.

“I think that a hate crime has occurred,” Mary Ratliff told KXNT Radio in Las Vegas on Thursday. “I think a hate crime occurs when you use a person’s race to depict who they are and to make degrading comments, gestures, et cetera, against them.”

The rodeo clown donned the Obama mask before being chased around by bulls in a pen, according to reports. The clown was introduced by an announcer who asked the audience if they wanted to see “Obama run down by a bull.” The Missouri State Fair on Monday barred the clown from performing at the fair.

Ratliff said that her organization is asking the Department of Justice to conduct an investigation into the incident, adding that it is an “outrage” that taxpayer dollars were used to disrespect the president.

“We are taxpayers in the state of Missouri,” Ratliff said. “And when taxpayer money is utilized to discredit and be disrespectful to our president, whether he be black, white, Hispanic, Latina… it is an outrage.”

Ratliff has also asked the Secret Service to investigate the incident.

You have got to be freaking kidding me.  Poking fun at the President of the United States is a “hate crime” worthy of DOJ/Secret Service “investigation” because he happens to be black? Is this fascist w/ the Missouri state NAACP aware of the hundreds, if not thousands, of times some variation of the form of President Bush was “disrespected” by anti-war protesters and the like during his 8 years as President and  that no figure of prominence on the right ever called for the powers that be to “investigate” for “hate crimes” violations on the basis of “race”? Furthermore, even if a “joke” of this nature could be considered in poor taste, does it REALLY rise to the level of a “hate crime”??

They told me that if I voted for Mitt Romney that  dissent would no longer be patriotic, and they were right! *Shaking my head. *

PS: Loved Rep. Steve King’s response to this:


Dissent is patriotic

… but only if you’re a Democrat.

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  • 17 Responses to “Stupidity on steroids: Missouri NAACP prez says Obama rodeo clown act = “hate crime””


    1. Michael says:

      Gee. Maybe they should go after the manufacturer of the masks as well. Oh, wait. That might cost a job in a costume company…in China. Never mind.

    2. NC Mountain Girl says:

      Because their real purpose is to protect fallen riders and the antics between rides to amuse the crowd are secondary to that purpose a lot of these rodeo entertainers now call themselves bullfighters. Fighting bull is certainly what is happening here.

    3. SafeTea says:

      Why is the president of the MISSOURI chapter of the NAACP talking to radio station in LAS VEGAS about this? Nobody in Missouri interested enough to give her racist rants air time?

      Keep making the circuits, Ratliff. I’m sure someone, somewhere on this planet will find a way to help you feel relevant.

    4. Ike says:

      No hate crime. Why? First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. There’s no exception in the First Amendment disallowing freedom of speech if the politician you’re making fun of, insulting, etc is black. Period.

    5. Tex says:

      I’m just not seeing how wearing an Obama mask while stopping bulls from killing rodeo riders is racism. Where were the Liberals and/or the NAACP during the last Presidential election when lots of Obama supporters donned Obama masks at campaign rallies? And why didn’t the Liberal and/or the NAACP go after the hundreds of thousands of trick-or-treaters during Halloween last year who wore Obama masks? Many, if not a majority of, those people were not African American. Why aren’t they racists?

      I’d sure like to hear any Liberal or the NAACP explain that to me? But of course, like most of their beliefs, they can’t explain it because it is not based on truth, fact, or any kind of reality.

    6. Phineas says:

      Gee, I remember Sarah Palin being hung in effigy in West Hollywood, but I don’t recall NOW having a fit about that. Odd. I must’ve missed it.

    7. ALman says:

      Wonder what the response would be if people across the nation started going about wearing one of these masks?

    8. steve says:

      The guy’s oars aren’t hitting the water!

    9. TomTB says:

      Lighten up, Mary! Besides, your poster boy is indeed half white; do you have a problem with that?

    10. Sefon says:

      Notice how the Divider In Chief will insert himself into all things local when it serves to escalate the issue…
      but won’t do it to tone things down.

    11. Rodeo clown acts have a history of being raucous and irreverent, but since when did we in this country start persecuting them (or anybody else) for violating sharia law? The First Amendment still applies, like it or not.

    12. Steve Skubinna says:

      Somebody needs to point out to these people that the prohibition on graven images is from the Bible, not the Constitution. Totally different documents, not that they’re familiar with either one.

    13. ALman says:

      It would have been complete had he worn donkey ears and a tail.

    14. Brontefan says:

      If 0bama is really that sensitive–he’s in the WRONG profession; politics are not for him! Clearly, the administration, the media, and celebrities are doing all they can to promote the RACIST issues so that they can sneak FASCISM into society… without most Americans even noticing. Didn’t Congress just pass a bill outlawing certain protests? All these things infringe on our 1st Amendment… and inch by inch, the government is slowly taking over MORE and MORE power over our daily lives. Once 0bamaCare is in full force, we won’t have any freedoms unless the government gives them to us.

    15. marshalart says:

      Two things:

      1st) Can one purchase an Obama mask that does not depict him as a black man?

      2nd) According to some, like Bill Maher, there is nothing one cannot say or do if one is a comedian, right?