After a rodeo clown wore a facemask bearing President Obama’s likeness at the Missouri State Fair and allegedly asked the crowd if they’d like to see the president run down by a bull, kicking up a major controversy, the announcer at the Saturday event, Mark Ficken, has resigned from his position as president of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association.
According to Ficken’s attorney, he’s resigned over the MRCA’s handling of criticisms of the event. Ficken especially objects to the fact it hasn’t dissociated with the “rogue rodeo clown” who wore the mask, a man who goes by the name of Tuffy Gessling. Ficken believes the clown “jeopardized the organization” and “ought to be kicked out,” Watkins said. The MRCA has posted an apology on its website.
Though the MRCA hasn’t taken any action against him, Gessling was banned yesterday by the State Fair Commission from participating or performing at the event in the future. The commission called the incident an “unconscionable stunt” and said it was reviewing the contract under which the MRCA puts on the taxpayer-funded state fair. Further, the State Fair Commission will require the MRCA to prove that all officials and subcontractors had completed sensitivity training.