Mike Hayhurst, a professional rodeo clown and barrelman from Barstow, California, may have thought he was just clowning around when he told Saturday's crowd at the 17th annual Creston Classic Rodeo a vehemently racist joke involving First Lady Michelle Obama, but the rodeo's board members aren't laughing.
Hayhurst, whose website promises "good clean family comedy always," shocked spectators when he informed them on the rodeo's PA system that Playboy had offered Mitt Romney's wife Ann $250,000 "to pose in the magazine."
But shock soon turned to horror when Hayhurst went on to say that "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," one spectator told the Tribune. "He was acting like we were buying into his bigotry and we weren't."
Hayhurst was unavailable for comment following the incident as he was in the hospital, possibly due to injuries he sustain during the rodeo when he was tossed around by a bull.