Workers in the sideshow and carnival industry were appalled by President Obama’s callous and insensitive remarks Wednesday. Addressing the birth certificate issue, Obama said:
We’re not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers.
“I am extremely upset by the reference,” said Frank Zaitshik, who runs Wade Shows, a carnival business with over 100 amusement rides and attractions that entertains over 15 million people each year.
Zaitshik, a second generation carnival worker — a term he prefers to the word “carny,” which is used as a pejorative — has spent much of his life battling negative stereotypes about his industry.
“I think what Obama said is the same type of stereotype that has been placed on African Americans.” Zaitshik said. “You wouldn’t expect those comments from someone who is a minority and has faced prejudice.”
Was President Obama unaware of the solidarity between carnies and the black community or did he choose to thumb his nose at the prejudice and oppression faced by a fellow minority group? Only the mole people know for sure.
Either way, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the GOP to capture the crucial Bearded Lady vote. Let’s get to work, people.