There's a new addition to the full-to-the brim "Off-color and outright racist joke about the first lady" file. And this one didn't come from a right-wing radio host who makes a career out of racially inflammatory remarks. We're used to those. Instead, it was the comedic handiwork of rodeo clown (yes, that's a job) Mike Hayhurst of Barstow, Calif.
Over the public address system of a Saturday event, he made remarks about Michelle Obama appearing in National Geographic magazine that shocked attendees. According to the San Luis Obispo Tribune, they 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 was really appalled and the people around me were really appalled," spectator Dona Wilson of Santa Margarita told the Tribune. "He was acting like we were buying into his bigotry and we weren't." Wilson said she heard a woman sitting beside her say, " 'Whoa! Racist or what?' "
Looks like Haywurst won't be offered $250,000, $50 or any other amount to continue to tell recycled offensive jokes to this audience. Creston Classic Rodeo board member Mike Barrett said he plans to request a public apology from the rogue rodeo clown, adding, "We probably won't be using his services in the future."
Read more at the San Luis Obispo Tribune.