I want to disabuse my liberal friends of the wrong conclusions they might reach following this incident.
An announcer at the Creston Classic Rodeo offended some in the audience Saturday when he made a racist joke about first lady Michelle Obama over the PA system. Now, at least one rodeo board member is demanding an apology.It turns out the joke wasn't told by the announcer but by a rodeo clown, who was on a mic at the same time.
“I was really appalled and the people around me were really appalled,” said spectator Dona Wilson of Santa Margarita. “He was acting like we were buying into his bigotry and we weren’t.”
Wilson said she heard a lady beside her say: “ ‘Whoa! Racist or what?’ ”
According to Wilson, the joke as told by the announcer, went something like this: Playboy is offering Ann Romney $250,000 to pose in the magazine and the White House is upset about it because National Geographic only offered Michelle Obama $50 to pose for them.
So look, it is a mistake to assume that all Republicans are as racist as Mike Hayhurst, the aforementioned rodeo clown. If we can assume that many of the audience was Republican, the fact that Heyhurst bombed with the joke indicates most people aren't in on it, and that would include the Republicans.
The other thing you don't want to assume from this article is that most Republicans are rodeo clowns. It's an easier mistake to make because their last President was one.