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Rodeo Clown Banned From State Fair After Wearing Obama Mask and Mocking the President

Missouri State Fair, President Obama Mask AP Photo/Jameson Hsieh; AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI

If we learned anything from Borat it's: (1) what Sasha Baron Cohen looks like in a mankini; (2) your friends repeating "Hiiigh fighve! Very niii-uhce!" over and over gets really old, really fast; and (3) the rodeo may not be the most P.C. place in America. 

The latter was proven once again when a rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair wore a Barack Obama mask during a bull-riding showcase, while one announcer hollered on, "We're gonna smoke Obama!"

The incident occurred over the weekend and one spectator, Perry Beam, uploaded footage to YouTube in which you can hear another rodeo clown continue, "Obama they're comin' for ya this time...As soon as this bull comes out, 'Bama, don't you move. He's gonna getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha! You big goober!"

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"I know I'm a clown, he just run around acting like one...doesn't know he is one," the secondary clown shouts. Beam also wrote on Facebook that, "One of the clowns ran up and started bobbling the lips on the mask and people went crazy."

When the footage and Beam's description of the events ("It was feeling like some kind of Klan rally") hit the Internet, it almost instantly went viral, with people very vocally expressing how about they were over what went down. 

Well, everyone except Rush Limbaugh, who defended the masked rodeo clown, because he's Rush Limbaugh and of course he did. Rush said, "When the president of the United States more often than not connects with the American people on late-night comedy shows, what else can happen other than the diminishing of the office?"  

Yet, the Missouri State Fair has released a statement apologizing and calling the "unconscionable stunt" "unacceptable" and "not in keeping with the Fair's standards."

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The statement continues, "The Missouri State Fair Commission unanimously approved a motion ratifying the action already taken by the Fair Director to permanently ban this rodeo clown from ever participating or performing at the Missouri State Fair again."

State Fair officials also say they are reviewing their contract with the Missouri Rodeo Cowboys Association, who ran the event, and will now require future performers partake in sensitivity training.

For their part, the Rodeo Cowboys Association has "extend[ed] a sincere apology for the inappropriate act" and said they "do not condone nor approve of this sort of activity."

They conclude, "The Sport of Rodeo is not meant to be a political platform." Yeah! It's a Sport where angry bulls chase after grown adults until either the bull or the person gets hurt! That's what The Sport of Rodeo is all about!

(Why is anyone even at the rodeo in the first place?!) 

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