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Missouri State Fair Bans Rodeo Clown Who Wore Obama Mask

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Rodeo clown wears Obama mask during state fair. (credit: CBS St. Louis)

Rodeo clown wears Obama mask during state fair. (credit: CBS St. Louis)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Fair has permanently banned a rodeo clown whose imitation of President Barack Obama has been widely criticized as disrespectful.

Fair officials said Monday that the rodeo clown has been barred from ever performing at the fair again. They are also reviewing whether to take any actions against the contractor responsible for Saturday’s rodeo.

During the event, a clown wore a mask of Obama and asked the spectators if they wanted to see “Obama run down by a bull.” Many in the audience responded enthusiastically.

But the act was criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike after video and photos of the event were posted online.

Some Democratic Missouri lawmakers are suggesting that the state should reconsider its annual funding for the fair in Sedalia.

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