Saturday, a clown wearing a mask of President Barack Obama took center stage during the bull riding event.
The crowd was then asked if they wanted to see Obama "run down by a bull." The crowd went wild, says the blog post from Show Me Progress, who quoted Facebook user Perry Beam and showed a picture of the clown mask. Beam's post says "
The announcer went on to rally the crowd, asking repeatedly if they wanted to see the clown run down by a bull.
Sunday, organizer of the fair posted on the Missouri State Fair Facebook page; "The performance by one of the rodeo clowns at Saturday's event was inappropriate and disrespectful, and does not reflect the opinions or standards of the Missouri State Fair. We strive to be a family friendly event and regret that Saturday's rodeo badly missed that mark."
The post generated 360 comments over 12 hours, many of them highly critical of the stunt.
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) issued a statement Sunday, critical of the incident; "If what's being reported is true, then it's shameful and it's unacceptable. The State Fair is funded by taxpayer dollars, and is supposed to be a place where we can all bring our families and celebrate the state that we love. But the young Missourians who witnessed this stunt learned exactly the wrong lesson about political discourse-that somehow it's ever acceptable to, in a public event, disrespect, taunt, and joke about harming the President of our great nation. Missouri is better than this, and I expect someone to be held accountable."