Tuffy Gessling, the Missouri rodeo clown who was blackballed after mistakenly assuming it was permissible to mock President Barack Obama in public, gave an interview to KCTV in Missouri where he revealed he’s been getting death threats from the Cult of Personality:
Gessling’s antics drew angry rebukes from politicians, a lifetime ban from the Missouri State Fair and more personal hits than he ever faced in the ring.
“I’ve had one lady spit in my face – called me a dirty name, spit in my face and walked off,” Gessling said.
And he says there have been five death threats.
“I’ve had somebody threaten to run me over. One of them wanted to burn the house down,” he said.
Gessling says that hate is actually what finally brought him out to speak.
“I didn’t do this to do any hating on anyone. I did this to be funny. I did it to be a joke,” Gessling said.
Such jokes are not permitted in the New America, where respect for certain designated leadership figures is mandatory. Gessling still doesn’t get it:
“I didn’t think anything more of it than what we’ve done 15 years ago, 10 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 as the black man’s lips were mocked was 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.
He adds it was not about politics either.
When asked if he was a Democrat or a Republican, Gessling simply replied, “I am a rodeo clown.”
To Gessling it is a matter of perspective.
“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.”
They didn’t “lose” their ability to laugh. They tore it out and threw it away. And it was a highly selective self-surgery. They think lots of other people are fair game for unlimited mockery, including far more savage humor than anything dished out at a rambunctious rodeo show. Let’s not make the mistake of thinking this is some generalized failure of the American funny bone. It’s far uglier than that. It’s a power play, not a spell of the grumps. This is all about elevating certain people with certain political credentials above mockery. The same people who called for the destruction of the Rodeo Clown would howl in First Amendment anguish if told they were not allowed to make fun of a Republican leader.
Gessling says he’s been getting some support, including invitations to work in other rodeo venues. He’s got no hard feelings toward President Obama, and would be honored to shake his hand. (President Obama would do a lot of good by accepting that offer in a public venue, and telling his supporters to lighten up.)
“When asked about whether he would ever do this bit again, he said only time would tell,” the KCTV article concludes. Translation: he might think about doing it again if a Republican wins the White House in 2016.