August 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A clown banned from the Missouri State Fair for his involvement in a skit that mocked President Obama said that he has received death threats and complained that "a lot of people have lost their ability to laugh. " "I've had one lady spit in my face," Tuffy Gessling told Kansas City's KCTV . "Look at the country as a whole. There's a lot more to be mad at than a rodeo clown at a rodeo trying to make somebody laugh," he said. Although it was another clown who wore the Obama mask during a bull-riding contest as the crowd was asked whether they wanted to see Obama "run down by a bull," Gessling has told media outlets that the skit was his idea.
August 16, 2013 |
Lady Gaga appears in clown face and, at times, an odd-looking shave-side hairstyle in the lyric video for her single "Applause," which is from her forthcoming "ARTPOP" album. The video was posted on YouTube this week, and other than the makeup, Gaga looks much more normal than she usually does in performance. Enough of this maternity leave business. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plans to return to her royal duties by appearing with her husband at a charity dinner Sept. 12, less than two months after giving birth to little Prince George on July 22. [People]
August 14, 2013 |
Expect a kinder, gentler Missouri State Fair from here on out. This week, the Missouri State Fair Commission ordered that officials and contractors hired by the state's rodeo association -- which would include cowboys and clowns -- complete sensitivity training before they are allowed to perform at the state fair again. What could prompt such a thing? The jeers of a clown. In a provocative bit of satire that went viral, a rodeo clown in Sedalia put a broomstick up his pants, donned a Barack Obama mask and asked the crowd whether it wanted to see a bull run over the president.
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August 12, 2013 |
Anybody with half a brain should have known it was wrong to put an Obama mask on the face of a rodeo clown Saturday at the Missouri State Fair. It was wrong for the announcer, a local school superintendent, to rile up the crowd by saying, “We're gonna stomp Obama now.” And wrong for him to say, “As soon as their bull comes out, Obama don't you move. He's gonna getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha!” It was wrong for the crowd to go wild. Perry Beam, a 48-year-old musician who describes himself as an “old country boy,” was appalled by what he saw and blew the lid off this embarrassment by posting about it on Facebook.
June 30, 2013 |
Matt Osborne -- who as the original Doink the Clown brought delight and probably more than a little terror to professional wrestling fans everywhere -- has died at age 55. NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth is reporting that Osborne died in a local hospital after his girlfriend found him unresponsive inside their Plano, Texas, apartment. There was no word on the cause of death, although investigators are saying it appears to be accidental. On its website, the WWE called Osborne's character "one of the most enduring personas of the early '90s.
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June 26, 2013 |
A decade or so ago, Nathan Rabin's older sister went to Israel on a trip with a youth group. At the time she was a fan of thoughtful folk musicians like Indigo Girls and Dar Williams, but her roommate there listened to Celine Dion - and only Celine Dion. "The first four months were really agonizing for my sister," Rabin said. "But then she cracked. She went from 'I hate Celine Dion' to 'Celine Dion is my favorite artist of all time.'" A former writer for the Onion newspaper's A.V. Club and author of several books, including "The Big Rewind: A Memoir Brought to You by Pop Culture," Rabin undergoes a startlingly similar transition in his new book, "You Don't Know Me but You Don't Like Me: Phish, Insane Clown Posse, and My Misadventures with Two of Music's Most Maligned Tribes" (Scribner: 272 pp., $16 paper)