Sunday I wrote about how Tuffy the Clown, who clearly should be droned, wore an Obama mask at the rodeo. Because it wasn’t a Bush mask he was banned for life and all future clowns must now go through Clown Sensitivity Training. You think I’m making this up.
The fair also said if the association is to ever sponsor a rodeo again, it must first show proof that “all officials and subcontractors … have successfully participated in sensitivity training.”
Missouri isn’t the first to ban satire. While it will get you smeared by the media as a racist (unless it’s a Bush mask, cheering Bush’s assassination on public airwaves, or you’re a member of Occupy), American anti-satirists stop short of making it an arrest-able offense, as in other tyrannical countries. Well, except for Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.
In Venezuela, woman arrested for mocking Chavez
Satirist arrested in Egypt for mocking president:
Chinese civil servant arrested after mocking politician:
Ai Weiwei arrested for mocking Chinese rulers:
Don’t forget this Russian punk band arrested for mocking Putin:
Rodeo bans clown for life after mocking Obama:
Iranian satirists arrested for mocking rulers:
Man arrested in Malaysia for mocking former king:
Indian cartoonist arrested for mocking rulers:
Jadavpur professor arrested for mocking politician:
Interesting. In every tyrannical nation, people are banned from mocking leaders, as highlighted by previous Tweets.
Comedy, satire, related forms of humor is the last holdout of free speech.
No longer. Embarrassing, indeed.
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