The clown kerfuffle — a rodeo clown dons a presidential mask available at any Halloween costume store and is instantly transformed into a fiery member if the KKK — has helped clarify something about the Left’s response to any non-Democrat generated references to Obama. I found this clarification in yesterday’s Best of the Web, in which Taranto takes apart a CNN post in which Judy Quest, a “professional” clown, discusses the rodeo clown’s breach of “clown ethics.” (Keep in mind, incidentally, that a rodeo clown isn’t a real clown, because his primary job isn’t to entertain but is, instead, to keep the bull from trampling a downed cowboy. Looked at that way, he ‘s more of a gladiator, but whatever….)
The key language in Quest’s article revolves about the first entry in the clown code of ethics:
1. I will keep my acts, performance and behavior in good taste while I am in costume and makeup. I will remember at all times that I have been accepted as a member of the clown club only to provide others, principally children, with clean clown comedy entertainment. I will remember that a good clown entertains others by making fun of himself or herself and not at the expense or embarrassment of others. (Emphasis mine.)
And here is Quest’s interpretation of that language (emphasis mine):
We have a code of ethics that we adhere to so that our life of making the world smile goes on without hurting people. Among the ethics is a ban on “blue humor.”
This mean [sic] no sexual or racial humor. The joke always needs to be on us and never on an audience member. If someone is offended or made the “victim” of a joke, it is totally against what the clown community would consider funny. . . .
Think back to what Tuffy the Rodeo Clown did. Do you recall any racial component to his humor? Traditionally, of course, a black racial component would have involved:
3. Lots of “yassir, yassir, I’se doing it, sir.”
4. References to laziness.
5. References to obsessive sexuality.
6. Hugh, grinning white mouths.
7. References to criminality.
8. Clear intimations of stupidity.
9. Eyeball rolling.
11. References to uncontrollable (and inappropriate) rhythm.
Tuffy did none of that. Instead, he donned a mask of a white-black man whose skin happens to be blacker, rather than whiter. (I use the term “white-black” to describe Obama because, if George Zimmerman, who is half Hispanic and half Caucasian, is “white-Hispanic,” than Obama, who is half Black and half Caucasian, is “white-black.” Precision is important, right?)
In Quest’s world review, any mention of or reference to Obama, even without any mention of his race or any use of traditional negative stereotypes about blacks, is ipso facto racial and, therefore, racist. In other words, Obama, just by being, is racist.
To liberals, there is no “Obama the man,” or “Obama the president,” or “Obama the Democrat politician.” There is only “Obama the black,” a man devoid of personality, accomplishments, foibles, passion, or anything that makes him a person, not a stereotype — and if that’s not racist, I honestly don’t know what is.
Incidentally, this is what “racist” humor actually looks like, and this was the “clean,” “wholesome” family variation:
(There are no YouTubes of the traditional racist patter that preceded the dance.)