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At least he didn't call her a monkey?We don’t know if you have heard, but Michelle Obama IS BLACK, YOU GUYS, GROSS. That was the punchline of the hilarious joke that tickled the earholes of all the attendees at the Creston Classic Rodeo, in the golden hills outside Paso Robles, in California’s inner Kentucky.

[T]he joke as told by the announcer, went something like this: Playboy is offering Ann Romney $250,000 to pose in the magazine and the White House is upset about it because National Geographic only offered Michelle Obama $50 to pose for them.

Then the crowd laughed and laughed, except for how they didn’t.

In fact, despite being not actually on the coast where the sensible Californians live, Paso Robles and Creston seem to be filled with people who are in fact not disgusting racist assholes, and who complained to the rodeo board about the “clown.”

“I was really appalled and the people around me were really appalled,” said spectator Dona Wilson of Santa Margarita. “He was acting like we were buying into his bigotry and we weren’t.”

Wilson said she heard a lady beside her say: “ ‘Whoa! Racist or what?’ ”

Exactly one person on the nine-person rodeo board has commented, saying the board was not responsible for the hilarious joke, but that they guessed they would be asking the clown to write a letter; the other profiles in courage on the board are not returning the San Luis Obispo Tribune’s calls.


[, via Wonkette superoperative “chascates”]

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Oh come on, admit you laughed out loud!

  • Jus_Wonderin

    Boy howdy, I just can't stop (not) laughing.

    • Serolf_Divad

      Don't worry. You'll stop not-laughing as soon as Mitt Romney or one of his advisers opens his mouth again to make some pronouncement or other.

      • Terry

        I was laughing this morning over the Romney camp already starting to pass around blame for this campaign.

  • Toomush_Infer

    Michelle Obama is black? I guess I missed that for the beautiful….

  • sbj1964

    Fucking clowns,He will be the next rising star in the GOP.2012 new Joe the plumber.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      They tend to elevate a lot of real bozos to public renown, don't they?

      • sbj1964

        They are a party of clowns.I hate clowns,and sock puppets.

        • Boojum

          My son is afraid of clowns. Now I know why.

    • Butch_Wagstaff

      How many clowns can they fit in that car anyhoo?

  • Pookums

    The clown is covering for the fact that he secretly wants Obama to make us all get gaymarried so that the door will finally be opened to bullmarriage so he can finally consummate his bovine love.


    • doloras

      Yeah, I was predicting the alt-text would read SURPRISE BUTTSECHS.

  • CrunchyKnee

    They still have rodeos? Man, I need to get outside of my blue box more often.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      Hell, they have one every week (during "rodeo season" anyway) at this place, just around the corner from where I live. Good steak house, though…

      • CrunchyKnee

        If you finish the 72 oz steak in one sitting, is it free? Oh, Texas, never change.

    • Franknflower

      Believe it or not, there are even GAY rodeos.

    • BerkeleyBear

      They actually have them in a lot of places you wouldn't guess at first glance (San Francisco's Cow Palace is named that because it used to host stock shows and rodeos, and they still have them scattered around Northern California).

  • ChernobylSoup

    The clown then jumped into a car filled with 23 other clowns and made a clean getaway.

    • soeoho

      It's pulled around by the Romneybus

    • GunToting[Redacted]

      Were there really that many GOP primary contenders?

    • AznMom420

      Calling shenanigans on your public transit welfare clown.

  • weejee

    The clown wuz Mike Hayhurst of Barstow

    Well that explains it. He was bombed.

    • no_gravity

      Meth capital of the world.

    • actor212

      The joke killed in Needles.

      • weejee

        Woulda said he was a skunk too, but Palmdale is a couple of miles away.

    • Estproph

      Yep, just outside of there is where the drugs kick in.

      • Designer_Rants

        Clown Country.

    • pdiddycornchips

      Yeah, sure. You're not fooling anyone with that nom de plume Louie Gohmert!

    • eggsacklywright

      "Drives a backhoe and wears a gold chain."

    • Negropolis

      Barstow is practically the Barstow of California. I wish there was a way to get between Vegas and LA without having to stop anywhere for gas between Primm Valley and Victorville.

      Meth Valley, indeed.

  • SayItWithWookies

    I heard Wired offered Mitt a hundred grand for his schematic diagrams.

    • valthemus

      Hey! No making fun of android-Americans, you racist!

      (Truthfully, he was Make magazine's worst ever DIY project.)

      • SayItWithWookies

        I'm not racist — why, some of my best friends are cheap trash.

        • Lionel[redacted]Esq

          I need to start hanging out at the same bars that you do.

    • LibertyLover

      I wanna talk to that guy's programmer.

    • johnmburt

      Now THAT I laughed at. For one thing, it's actually based on his personal characteristics, instead of simply on a juvenile and racist notion that only Caucasian women can be beautiful.

    • Terry

      The offer was from Popular Mechanics

    • Jus_Wonderin

      I usually enter NPR's Three Minute Fiction. This round the prompt is about meeting a President. Since my slant is usually scifi I wanted to write about the first Android American President.

      But, for some reason I can't start it as it turns my stomach a bit due to the reality that we just might have a robot President.

    • UnholyMoses

      They still program him via punchcards …

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Maybe this guy is an escaped inmate from Atascadero State Hospital; it's just down the road from Paso Robles.

    • actor212

      Say, wasn't that where Sarah Connor was incarcerated?

    • Barrelhse

      They let you out when you can spell it.

  • Lucidamente1

    "Ya see, National Geographic has them there pictures of naked African tribal ladies, and me and Clem, when we were young 'uns, used to whack off to 'em, cuz our daddy didn't have none of them Playboy magazines, yuck, yuck, yuck."

  • Indiepalin

    Headline of the day (Politico):

    "Romney Losing Latina Women by 53 Points"

    • weejee

      Golly Indipalin, your Pness is climbing way back up, That'll happen you keep hanging around places like the Wonkette.

    • eggsacklywright

      What's with the exclamation point in front of the p-ness?

      • Terry

        Is for the rest of us to notice, making sure we all know he/she is Bad News.

        • eggsacklywright

          I see. A real up-and-comer, eh?

    • Generation[redacted]

      He should try winning them over with a national geographic joke.

    • LetUsBray

      I'm seriously surprised and disappointed it's that close.

      • Negropolis

        This. lol

    • iamrrm

      Have you been taunting the crazies at WingNutDaily or such as? That shit will fuck with your p-ness so bad you might never get it up again.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    I knew Scott Baio's career was on the decline, but rodeo announcing? Damn.

  • Serolf_Divad

    Why do Democrats continually insist on playing the race card!?

    This rodeo announcer's comments had nothing to do with race. They were about taking pride in Southern Heritage.

  • no_gravity

    Rodeo clown – is Glenn Beck moonlighting on the weekend?

    • Tundra Grifter

      Glumm Bleek isn't still with us – is he?

  • FlownOver

    Joe the Plumber, meet Asshole the Clown.

  • gullywompr

    How many racist Romney supporters were offended by the sexism of wanting to see Ann's bewbs?

    • LetUsBray

      None of them, Katie.

  • actor212

    Ann Romney was offered 1/4 of what Lindsay Lohan earned?

    Wow. Mitt must be pissed! He'll probably outsource her job to China now.

    • Serolf_Divad

      You're thinking of Neil Bush.

    • Pragmatist2

      Or Bishop Romney could just add another wife.

  • SorosBot

    Wait why would Playboy offer anything to Ann Romney? No one would ever want to see her naked.

    • actor212

      It was for the special "Girls Gone Burqa" issue.

    • Estproph

      Because they want her to take off that damn ugly shirt with a bird on it.

    • pdiddycornchips

      I predict Tagg gets the cover of Out Magazine right after the election.

    • MissTaken

      On the flight home I watched a CNN doc about Romney. They showed several pics of Ann in her younger days. Even then she had the entitled smirk just like Mitt. Naked? I don't even want to see her face anymore.

      • SorosBot

        Ouch; I thought your flight was bad enough as it is, watching the Romneys must have made it even worse. And yeah, she has always been an entitled nasty snob; remember her father was also a super-rich auto executive.

      • Tundra Grifter

        Good thing that little white bag was tucked into the seat in front of you…

    • bearperney

      Speak for yourself!

  • Hera Sent Me

    I never fap to Ann Romney.

    • Tundra Grifter

      Her photo would be suitable to paf to.

    • Gleem McShineys


      *Peen plays sad trombone sound, hibernates*

  • Goonemeritus

    When you get up really early it can be easy to mistake a regular whistle for a dog whistle. Most smart Republicans have the common sense to buy color coded ones these days.

  • LibertyLover

    Exactly one person on the nine-person rodeo board has commented, saying the board was not responsible for the hilarious joke, but that they guessed they would be asking the clown to write a letter….

    A letter?

    Why not just make him write: "I will not make racist comments about the First Lady." 100 times on a chalkboard?

    Or tatoo "racist assh*le" on his forehead?

    • Jus_Wonderin

      I bet some talented skin artist could tatoo an actual assh*le on his forehead.

    • Self-Uploader

      or fire him after the tattoo.

  • arihaya

    They didn't, unfortunately, mention that Romney was offered $10,000 to pose for Popular Mechanics

  • Blueb4sinrise

    Rodeo promoters in Az. feverishly googling for the announcers contact numbers.

  • GlowneyHouse

    The sentence that best describes public debate in America in 2012 –"they guessed they would be asking the clown to write a letter."

  • Oblios_Cap

    I'd prefer to see Michelle's naughty bits rather than those of the Rmoney hag.

  • arihaya

    Shouldn't they joked about how Michelle Obama was only offered 3/5 of the normal pay?

  • WhatTheHeck

    Know what goes down at a typical rodeo show? A lot of horse shit.

    • sati_demise

      Bullshit too.

  • vodkamuppet

    Can't wait for Sarah Palin to weigh in on this…

    • notanncoulter


      • SorosBot

        Darth Vader, is that you?

        • notanncoulter

          yes, it is.
          you know it to be true.

          • Negropolis

            Most impressive.

        • viennawoods13

          Dammit. I don't want to remember that truly asinine moment in the history of film.

    • Katydid

      cunt libel

      (is that still allowed?)

  • proudgrampa

    Ah, further evidence of The Dumbing of America.

  • MLHencken

    I can't believe someone associated with an event where people celebrate performing activities that were – at one time – how some people made a living (but are now performed by monolithic corporations using low paid labor) would employ someone who made tasteless commentary about the First Lady of these United States!

    Shocked. Shocked, I tell you.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      I've been to the rodeo a few times and can assure you, it's not a place to expect a high level of intelligent discourse on politics or culture etc.

      It's really all about the bull riding.

  • ManchuCandidate

    The good news is that a bull knocked the asshole on his ass and put him in the hospital.

  • ElPinche

    This completely changes my perspective of the Competitive Livestock Performing Arts.

    • actor212

      Used to be it was all dancing horses and shit…

  • BarackMyWorld

    "…tickled the earholes…"

    That reminds me…do people still have phone sex?

    • LibertyLover

      Yes, but sometimes the phones get stuck now because there isn't a cord attached. ;-)

    • Jus_Wonderin


    • SorosBot

      What do you think they invented Skype for?

    • natoslug

      Uh, yeah. Last Thursday I was defining DP, bukakke and gangbang to a fairly sexually naive woman I sort of know (she was raised in a fairly repressive religion, just recently left it), and things sort of devolved into phone sex. Fortunately, when I described furries, plushies and pony play on Friday, things stayed informational and non arousing. I don't need to end up with any extra kinks.

      • DahBoner

        Pony play? That was play?

        • natoslug

          If you are doing it at a rodeo, with actual ponies, you may be doing it wrong.

    • gullywompr

      What's your number? I'll call you and let you know.

  • BloviateMe

    I've always felt bad rooting for the bulls to smack around the rodeo clowns…now I can hope for it without the gnawing guilt.

    • eggsacklywright

      It's time to take the bull by the tail and face the situation.

    • AznMom420

      Bovinate me.

  • ChillBill

    But aren't rodeos a primary destination for racist redneck clowns?

    • soeoho

      Depends on the season. The Civil War reenactment-clown circuit is actually dwindling in some parts.

  • TootsStansbury

    This doesn't surprise me. There is nothing OK about clowns. NOTHING. Racist piece of shit.

    • Tundra Grifter

      Are you on the mime side?

  • hagajim

    Having been to way more rodeo's than most of the rest of the world (former job hazard)…I can say with some certainty that the joke would play pretty well with the assbackward country fucks who like to see the battle between man and animal. So good on the Cali. folks who found his joke offensive. Hell I was offended because it wasn't even remotely close to funny.

    • PinkoPopulist

      Job hazard??? Were you a tractor salesman entertaining clients?

      • hagajim

        Nah, but my brother sells potatoes. I was a sports writer in the heart of red state country working for a local daily and there were about 11ty7 rodeos I had to cover every year.

  • LibrarianX

    Apology written with etch-a-sketch

  • MissTaken

    Reason #4587 why I hate clowns. Hate them all.

    • ChillBill

      Reason #4587 to hate rodeos, too.

    • SorosBot
    • BigSkullF*ckingDog

      Krusty is okay.

    • Tundra Grifter

      Another mime fan?

      You probably didn't like "Shakes the Clown."

  • Shypixel

    Everybody knows that it's not racist if it's folksy.

    • TavariousChinaSmith

      Yew mahht bee a rayd-nekk if…

  • MissTaken

    Can we get the Secret Service/FBI to investigate this clown? I'd bet $10,000 he's a serial killer.

  • One_Man_Band

    I saw James Brown perform at the rodeo in Austin. There were lots of black dudes in cowboy hats. And, white dudes in cowboy hats. Everybody got down. It was awesome!

    Not all cowboys are racist assholes.

    • One_Man_Band

      The band played on a circular, rotating stage. He ended the show with Sex Machine, and ran in the sawdust around the entire length of the rodeo arena shouting "Get on up!" as the band played. Then, he got into a convertible caddy from some local dealership and they drove him all the way around the arena like a king, while the band still kept playing. Dude was near 70 at the time. Fucking amazing.

      • DCBloom

        Would have loved to see that.

      • Tundra Grifter

        $10,000 sez he did the splits at least once. I saw him perform back-to-back shows at The Stone on Broadway, North Beach, and they were identical. What a star!

        When the Rolling Stones first came to America, James Brown opened the show. Mick Jagger watched from backstage and asked Keith Richards "How are we going to go on after him?"

  • Shypixel

    Also: Why are the Wonket trashing the First Amendment?


  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Ten bucks says this guy spends his weekends wearing a monkey costume with a hole in the back.

  • Terry

    I thought clowns were supposed to be silent.

  • OneYieldRegular

    On top of his racism, his failure to deliver a single Rafalca joke warrants his resigning from rodeo clowndom forever.

  • randcoolcatdaddy

    I thought this was some leftover story from the Republican National Convention and then I read it again. "Oh … _rodeo_ clowns ….."

  • PinkoPopulist

    Why do pill bottles have cotton in the top of them?

    Yada yada yada, black people, yada yada!

  • eggsacklywright

    Y'know what's next, right? Drone clowns.

    • Tundra Grifter

      I can hear the show now. "How come nobody's laughing? We killed 'em over in Pakistan."

      Next day's review: "Drone Clowns Bomb."

  • BaldarTFlagass

    "We're all bozos on this bull."

  • Peckerwood_Pete

    That joke would have gone over better at a South Carolina rodeo event… or a Hank Jr. concert….

  • ChickTract_Fil_A

    Hahaha! It's funny, 'cause now I can call them 'rodeo clowns' instead of 'hillbillies'!

  • LibrarianX

    Ass clown

  • LibertyLover

    If that was his "A" material, I'd hate to see his "B" material.

  • qwerty42

    There is a very real inability to believe that other white folks are not into racial "humor". The folks who like this kind of stuff don't believe they are racist (wasn't that what those mobs in Little Rock were? well, we're not like that), and are amazed when other white folks don't see this as "harmless joshing": "Obviously, some kind of 'political correctness' run amok." Not really, most folks are repelled by that. The reactions from the audience are not surprising.

  • Come here a minute

    The clown thought he was working at the Cretin Classic Rodeo.

  • Mahousu

    Hayhurst was not performing at the rodeo on Sunday and was unavailable for comment because he is in the hospital, Barrett said. Hayhurst was taken to a local hospital on Saturday evening for head injuries. Hospital officials decided to keep Hayhurst overnight for observation after initial head x-rays did not reveal the presence of a brain. "It's the weirdest thing," Barrett said. "Just a big empty space in there."

  • HarryButtle

    "Hayhurst was not performing at the rodeo on Sunday and was unavailable for comment because he is in the hospital, Barrett said. Hayhurst was taken to a local hospital on Saturday evening for head injuries. Barrett did not know if the injuries were related to an accident at the rodeo Saturday, in which a bull tossed Hayhurst into the air."

    He seemed fine as he left the arena…I mean, he even spoke with a whole bunch of National Geographic-reading fans who were hanging around his car looking for autographs. It was after meeting with them that he was found unconscious and bleeding from his ears. We figure it must have been that bull…

  • lumpenprole

    So there's a chance this guy will go broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public?

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Looks like FOX News has found someone to replace Glenn Beck.

    • bibliotequetress

      National Review is checking his CV and portfolio right now.

  • DahBoner

    nine person rodeo board

    Death Panel or advertisement for $99 Dentures?

    You decide….

    • GeorgiaBurning

      what has 18 legs and 43 teeth?

    • Tundra Grifter

      It takes nine people to put on a rodeo? Eight of them must be busy shoveling horse and bull puckey.

  • Clancy_Pants
    • Barrelhse

      A charter school administrator.- That figures.
      Chapman Univ., affiliated with the Disciples of Christ.- Yeah, he's a Christer, all right.

  • Nostrildamus

    Someone needs to go sit on a cow horn.

  • BerkeleyBear

    Paso Robles is where Sideways was set/filmed, an oldtime agricultural community that has more recently gone from industrial wine making (Ernest & Julio Gallo) to finer wine making but still has a lot of old shit kickers running around. Over my lifetime the area has moderated slightly in part because of that influence, but it also has one of the most obnoxious borderline fascist displays I've ever seen – the Avenue of Flags, with 20 foot swaths of red white and blue in Buelton. So this guy was saying out loud a joke that probably circulated in a lot of quiet rooms in the area for years.

  • Pithaughn

    " he's in the dirt now folks, give'm a big Paso Robles cheer"

    ( that is typical rodeo announcer banter, fyi )

  • larrykat

    Hold on! They're asking him to "write a letter"? That is serious. They used to make me copy from the dictionary after school for like an hour for being a smartass.

  • rickmaci

    California, socially and politically, is divided. There is the Bay Area and LA County, which is the bulk of the population. Very liberal, very blue. The rest of the state is pretty much Alabama.

  • Pat_Pending

    I knew Wilbur Plaugher, and you sir, are NO Wilbur Plaugher.

  • Cheburashka64

    Only people with an antI-colonialist world view would find that joke offensive. I wish that were everyone.

  • docterry6973

    He should try out that joke down at the Compton Rodeo Days. It will be a killer.

  • cromiller

    looks like someone wanted to revive the Krusty Komedy Klassic show.

  • iamrrm

    The thought of Ann Romney in Playboy gives me turtle dick.

  • 738838

    Cretin Classic Rodeo

  • barto

    National Geographic might offer the clown a pretty sweet photo-op as a knuckle-dragging missing link, however.

  • AtwatersGhost

    You mess with the Bull you get the horns! You mess with the rodeo-clown and you get an all too deep and personal look into the psyche of an ugly, bitter man with no self-esteem who wears make-up.

  • Comrade Wingtardd

    Great. Now this clown is going to return to making jokes about assasinating her, after making a perfectly innocent, racist joke. Good job, libtards!

  • mr bojangles

    funny how? you think i'm funny! funny like a clown??!

  • gurukalehuru

    It ain't Nascar, baby.

  • EBGrey

    That's a racist clown, bro. No question.

  • viennawoods13

    Is you is or is you ain't my constituency?

  • EllenStranger

    Ass Clown!

  • TribecaMike

    I'll tell you what's really funny — naming a town after passing oaks.

  • ttommyunger

    Like this fucker can write-or read…

  • Negropolis

    in California’s inner Kentucky.

    Sometimes, you just have to properly recognize sharp snark. Well played, Rebecca.

  • MistaEko

    Blood Red Wine Libel!

    Paso Robles is the under the radar wine hotspot where the under-40 snobs go to hangout. The whole San Luis Obispo County area is probably in danger of turning solid blue in a few years.

    /Try Sextant when you're there.

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