Rodeo clown talks about mocking President Obama
His controversial commentary left many in an uproar over his mockery of President Barack Obama, just a few weeks ago.
Rodeo clown Tuffy Gessling says he was simply doing his job, making people laugh.
"Somebody took offense to it, it wasn't meant to be of any offense,â?? Gessling said. â??A rodeo clown is to make people laugh and that's what my job is, to make you laugh.â??
But for many, Tuffy's act was not a laughing matter. Tuffy yelled out comments like "We're gonna stomp Obama." He then asked the audience if they wanted to see the clown depicting the President "run down by a bull."
Those words sparked some national outrage, leaving politicians and people alike angry, and leaving Tuffy the rodeo clown taking more hits than he's ever taken in the ring.
â??[Itâ??s] just comedy, if people canâ??t laugh at themselves, we're in a sorry state,â?? Tuffy said.
This isn't the first time that a rodeo clown took a hit at a president; years ago at the very same Missouri State Fair a rodeo clown poked fun at former president George W. Bush, but this time some say race entered the ring.
â??Itâ??s also been turned into a race issue and that literally struck me to the bone,â?? said Carie Fouch, a supporter of Tuffy. â??I have children that I have worked very hard to raise to be non-racist and when someone says something like that I bothers me.â??
â??Honestly I think because he's the first president of color,â?? Tuffy said. I think from what I understand that's the big deal. I think if Jay Leno and them do it, and a lot of other comedians do it, a lot of other rodeo clowns that do the same thing.â??
Since August 10, 2013, just another day to entertain an audience, Tuffy tells us he's received several death threats and even had a woman spit in his face.
So we asked if he regrets anything.
â??No regrets. No regrets, at all. My job is to make somebody laugh and if one person is offended by that, or one person didn't laugh Iâ??m sorry it doesn't reflect on me, it reflects on you,â?? Tuffy said.
He says during every show he leaves his political views and all other opinions outside the ring, and he did just that in this show that caused a firestorm.
â??I wish people would really understand,â?? Tuffy said. â??There's a lot more in this world to be mad at and there's a lot more for people to have an uprising for than a man that puts on make up to make people laugh.â??
Tuffy mentioned that nothing in his show was meant to cause any harm.
He will be in Jefferson City, Mo., performing next week and he says you'll just have to come to see if he performs this controversial act, yet again.