Pope Francis fully deserves Time Magazine’s nomination of 2013′s Person of the Year, albeit for the wrong reasons, and Tuffy Gessling, aka Rodeo’s Tuffy the Clown, fully deserves Sedalia, Missouri’s Person of the Year Award, and for all the right reasons.
You may recall Tuffy’s disgraceful performance at Missouri’s state fair last summer when he had the gall, the unmitigated nerve, to wear an Obama mask and tell the enthusiastic crowd that a raging bull was “gonna getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha!” and then outrageously compounded his nastiness by suggesting it’s really President Barack Hussein Obama who acts like a clown!
For those grossly offensive, unpatriotic, and allegedly racist actions, state fair officials immediately and permanently banned Mr. Gessling from ever performing again in their venue for as long as he lived on this Earth!
The good citizens of Sedalia evidently disagreed with the slobberingly politically-correct, Obama-worshipping officials by voting for Tuffy by a wide margin as the town’s own Person of the Year over seven other worthy Sedalians. (As of this writing, voting was still in progress.)
For his part, Tuffy was bewildered by all the kerfuffle over his skit.
He made the valid point that, “Comedians all over the country have used political figures to make fun of current events, it’s nothing new. I never tried to be a racist or anything like that. I love all people no matter their background. I live to make people laugh. When TV comedians are doing it every day, Rush Limbaugh is doing it every day, people on Facebook are doing it every day 10 times more than me. I was just trying to make light of the situation, that’s it.”
Amazingly, David Weigle on ultra-liberal Slate.com came to his defense.
Weigle noted that “Barack Obama is the president of the United States, and in that capacity people have the right—nay, duty—to make fun of him. That was the rule when George W. Bush was president, wasn’t it? Eddie Vedder would occasionally sing Pearl Jam’s “Bush Leaguer” then impale a Bush mask on his microphone stand. . . [and] In 2006 conservatives raged at a faux documentary about Bush’s assassination. . . Criticism of the commander-in-chief is almost always in bounds; when it isn’t, as when former New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi made a joke about Chuck Schumer shooting Bush ‘between the eyes,’ we typically let the offender apologize and move on.”
Not so with Tuffy, though. After all, Bush was just Bush and he could be publicly lampooned as a clown and figuratively impaled and even assassinated. Tuffy, however, wore an Obama mask and joked, “gonna getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha!” and, as we all know, no one is permitted to poke fun at our Dear Leader.
One of his opponents may yet pull out a victory over Tuffy Gessling for the highly coveted award of being crowned Sedalia’s Person of the Year but even if that improbability comes to pass he still will have achieved a place of honor among real people.