The suited and booted clown, Mike Hayhurst, had the crowd going with his jokes and stunts until he made some racist comments about first lady Michelle Obama.
The San Luis Obispo Tribune originally reported that announcer Ed Kutz was the one who made the joke, but more recently reported that Hayhurst was the one who actually made the comment, which many felt was insensitive.
According to the Tribune, the “joke” was something along the lines of …
“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.”
But no one is taking responsibility for the comment and isn’t planning to take action against the clown or anyone else who is being blamed.
However, Mike Barrett, a board member of the Creston Classic Rodeo issued a public apology.
“I can’t speak for the board, but I myself think that this is unacceptable behavior or conduct by the announcer. I find it offensive, and I think that it’s conduct unbecoming the rodeo announcer,” he told the Tribune.