Video: Rodeo clown wonders what the heck happened

posted at 2:41 pm on August 26, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Before we pillory someone for the new crime of lèse majesté, shouldn’t we first determine whether there was any lèse intended at all?  The rodeo clown who set the political world on fire by doing to President Barack Obama what he’d done to presidents since Ronald Reagan asked to speak with Kansas City television station KCTV to set the record straight — and marvel at the priorities of Hopenchange America:

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“I didn’t think anything more of it than what we’ve done 15 years ago, ten years ago, five years ago, when we’ve done it with Bush, Clinton and Ronald Reagan,” Gessling said.

But this time, race entered the equation. A white man dressed in a mask of a black president was just offensive to a lot of people.

“I never did anything because of anybody’s race. I don’t care what color somebody is. If they’re blue, white, green, polka dotted, striped … it doesn’t bother me one bit,” Gessling said.

Tuffy Gessling has endured five death threats, numerous angry confrontations, and a woman who spit in his face, based on a routine that is probably older than most of the people offended by it.  So what’s changed?  Gessling figures that people have lost their ability to laugh, at themselves and their favored institutions, and a large amount of their perspective, too:

“I actually think that a lot of people have lost their ability to laugh,” Gessling said. “Look at the country as a whole, there is a lot more to be mad at than a rodeo clown at a rodeo trying to make somebody laugh.”

Well … at least during Democratic administrations, anyway.  The hysteria over a silly rodeo skit boggles the mind, and it’s not benign, either.  Despite the fact that presidential face masks have a long history in the US for satire and entertainment, and perhaps especially so during the administration of Obama’s predecessor, this new-found abhorrence of offending the dignity of a sitting President does not bode well for political speech of any kind in the future.  Will wearing a presidential mask for satirical purposes during a possible Hillary Clinton administration be automatically assumed to be an act of unconscionable sexism, too, rather than just humor or criticism?

The lesson here is this: Toughen up, buttercups. And I’m not talking about Tuffy Gessling, either.


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Bmore on August 27, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Here’s a simple question for you. Which of the founding fathers did not subscribe to the communitarian ethos Calhoun deploys to rationalize slavery? *sets sundial*
 
libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

 
None. They weren’t nascent Commies like John C. Calhoun, and full blown Commies like you. Don’t you think you need to provide some proof for such a ridiculous smear there Mr. Calhoun? You’re a history perfesser, right?
 
NotCoach on August 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

 
Oh dear God….hold on, give me 10 minutes.
 
libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

 
143 hours and counting Buttercup.
 
NotCoach on August 27, 2013 at 8:40 AM

 

As someone on the verge of a PhD in history let me break down what I mean…
 
libfreeordie on January 9, 2009 at 1:28 PM

 
Not that it matters, frankly.
 
It disturbs me to have to finally admit it, but he owned up to being nothing but a troll a few days ago. You can scroll down to his response to see the admission.
 
Imagine someone who probably really does finally have his phd in history being that uninformed, shallow, and incapable of discussing the subjects he introduces. Not to mention so immature as to need to purposely troll for attention.
 
It boggles the mind to consider the current “participation trophy” state of higher education.

rogerb on August 27, 2013 at 11:32 AM

lowinformationperfesser on January 9, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Not that it matters, frankly.

It disturbs me to have to finally admit it, but he owned up to being nothing but a troll a few days ago. You can scroll down to his response to see the admission.

Imagine someone who probably really does finally have his phd in history being that uninformed, shallow, and incapable of discussing the subjects he introduces. Not to mention so immature as to need to purposely troll for attention.

It boggles the mind to consider the current “participation trophy” state of higher education.

rogerb on August 27, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Not a chance in H that it’s real history as you and I know it. It is most certainly some BS AA topic like ‘The History or Racism in America’, or perhaps Marc Lamont-Hill’s PhD topic, ‘The History of Hip-Hop Music’.

slickwillie2001 on August 27, 2013 at 11:51 AM

It boggles the mind to consider the current “participation trophy” state of higher education.

rogerb on August 27, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Not a chance in H that it’s real history as you and I know it. It is most certainly some BS AA topic like ‘The History or Racism in America’, or perhaps Marc Lamont-Hill’s PhD topic, ‘The History of Hip-Hop Music’.

slickwillie2001 on August 27, 2013 at 11:51 AM

What slick said. People like brainfree don’t learn history, they learn some psychobabble crap about how all of history is racist and/or sexist. Thus they never learn motives or ideas. They learn how to apply their own insane interpretations instead to determine how an event or action was really about racial dominance and/or patriarchy. And this is why brainfree falls into the trap above (not an intentional trap on my part).

“Historians” like brainfree cannot accept the motives of our Founders. The working assumption is that our Founders were virulent racists and/or sexists. This is why so many pseudo-historians, like brainfree, embrace Marxism. Marxism, in their minds, is the yang to our Founding’s yin. So obviously it is good, where the Founding principles are clearly evil. Yet when it is pointed out to them that people like John C. Calhoun were in total agreement with their worldview a fuse is blown. This is not acceptable. John C. Calhoun must be a product of our Founding. Forget the fact that John C. Calhoun rejected our Founding principles, he still cannot possibly be a creature of the left. So in a frantic and desperate attempt to deny reality brainfree grasps at the ridiculous. If John C. Calhoun is collectivist then obviously some of our Founders were as well. Again, the fact that John C. Calhoun rejected our Founding principles doesn’t matter. All that matters is the narrative that we have always been, and always be, a racist country. And all that is wrong with our nation flows from our Founding. And if all that is wrong flows from our Founding then some Founders, if not all, must have been collectivists to explain John C. Calhoun.

NotCoach on August 27, 2013 at 12:42 PM

It boggles the mind to consider the current “participation trophy” state of higher education.
 
rogerb on August 27, 2013 at 11:32 AM

 
Not a chance in H that it’s real history as you and I know it. It is most certainly some BS AA topic like ‘The History or Racism in America’, or perhaps Marc Lamont-Hill’s PhD topic, ‘The History of Hip-Hop Music’.
 
slickwillie2001 on August 27, 2013 at 11:51 AM

 
What slick said. People like brainfree don’t learn history, they learn some psychobabble crap about how all of history is racist and/or sexist. Thus they never learn motives or ideas…
 
NotCoach on August 27, 2013 at 12:42 PM

 
Ha.

rogerb on August 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Ha.

rogerb on August 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Wonderful bit of self promotion there; but still, great posts. :P

NotCoach on August 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Tuffy Gessling has endured five death threats, numerous angry confrontations, and a woman who spit in his face

And kicked out of/not invited back to the Missouri State Fair.

cptacek on August 27, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Ha.
 
rogerb on August 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM

 
Wonderful bit of self promotion there; but still, great posts. :P
 
NotCoach on August 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM

 
Comically, I’d often quote the “imagine that for a bit” part to make a point when he’d flee a thread. I found it easier than re-writing it each of the dozens of times he’d wade out too deep. Sorry if it seemed self promoting. It wasn’t my intent. More of a “Yep, I’d thought that same thing before, too”.
 
Shame he’s admitting to trolling. That was such an amusing postscript to the threads that us stupid non-phd conservatives somehow always forced him to intellectually abandon.

rogerb on August 27, 2013 at 1:13 PM

From the beginning, the only word I’ve had for this case was “sad.”

factsonlypls on August 27, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Wait until the comic division of next year’s Philadelphia Mummer’s parade. There will be thousands of white men and women dressed as rodeo clowns in Obama masks. I wonder if they will all be arrested.

We should have a national Obama mask day and get the whole thing over with.

newjerseypatriot on August 27, 2013 at 1:39 PM

You always have to calibrate the Libfree lecture by asking what decade he/she/it is currently in. Because in Libfree’s world, [democrat] George Wallace is still standing in that schoolhouse door and the blood is still fresh on the Edmund Pettis Bridge [due to democrat actions]. Black sharecroppers are still denied the right to vote [by democrats] and lunch counters are still segregated [by democrats].

Happy Nomad on August 26, 2013 at 7:22 PM

You would think someone claiming to have a history doctorate would know the origins of all these rather well known historical events. But then again, she is a leftist.

runawayyyy on August 27, 2013 at 1:53 PM

rogerb on August 27, 2013 at 11:32 AM

I went looking for that libfree post, couldn’t find it. Tuffy may have better luck working in Wyoming, or perhaps he should get the ACLU to help him sue the fair organizers for violating his civil rights…

dogsoldier on August 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Off topic, if you read this you will be PO’d.

Here’s the punch line.

“Our information is that the individual fought back and that may have made this, you know, a worse situation,” said Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub in a press conference Monday morning. “I’m not being critical of Mr. Belton, we certainly encourage individuals to fight back, and he should have. But it shouldn’t have happened to begin with.”

Oldnuke on August 27, 2013 at 2:41 PM

rogerb on August 27, 2013 at 1:13 PM

; )

Bmore on August 27, 2013 at 6:30 PM

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