A rodeo clown managed to roll racism and sexism into one crude joke about the First Lady at a rodeo in California this weekend. Mike Hayhurst suggested that Playboy offered Mitt Romney’s wife Ann $250,000 to pose nude for the magazine, but that Michelle Obama received just $50 from National Geographic to do the same.
Board members of the rodeo are distancing themselves from the remark, claiming that Hayhurst was not speaking for the institution. They have yet to fire him:
Speaking on behalf of the rodeo’s nine-member board,[Creston Classic Rodeo board member Mike Barrett] said that the board is not responsible for the joke and will ask Hayhurst for a letter addressing the issue and a public apology. The board will discuss at its next meeting if it will fire Hayhurst, and will review scripts for future performances by any clown.[…]
[The] 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. “I can’t speak for the board, but I myself think that this is unacceptable behavior or conduct by the announcer,” said Mike Barrett.