Missouri Fair Rodeo Clown Says Performances Won’t Change
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (CBS St. Louis/AP) A rodeo clown has performed for the first time since a controversial State Fair rodeo act that mocked President Barack Obama.
The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that rodeo clown Tuffy Gessling hammed it up for the crowd during a pro bull riding event Friday in Jefferson County.
“We aren’t changing anything,” the man said Friday prior to his appearance at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds. “We’re still in the business of PBS — that’s putting butts in the seats.”
Gessling said everything has been very overwhelming and that he’s surprised people took offense to the politically-themed skit. It featured another clown wearing an Obama mask, while Gessling made comments including, “We’re gonna stomp Obama,” to the crowd.
Gessling says the skit had been performed before, and that several past presidents’ faces were placed in similar scenarios. Gessling had other shows scheduled between his State Fair and Jefferson City appearances, but they were canceled.
In response to the negative national feedback of the Obama performance, Gessling said that he thinks people should develop more of a sense of humor.
“People need to laugh. Turn the TV off, and tell each other a joke,” he said.
Gessling performs around 25 to 35 weekends each year and said that he has been involved in rodeos since the age of eleven. He said he is living his dream.
“There isn’t a little boy who doesn’t dream of being a cowboy. I get to be a part of that dream,” he explained. “These people are my family.”
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Information from: Jefferson City News Tribune, http://www.newstribune.com