The performer, meanwhile, has been permanently banned from future state fair events and subsequent performers must undergo sensitivity training.
|Bloggers need sensitivity training too!|
That's right folks, parody of a political figure, regardless of his or her race, leads to "sensitivity training" to prevent such political statements in the future. This is no different in principle, if not in degree, than Vladamir Putin's silencing of his critics.
Whether or not the rodeo clown in question is a racist jerk is irrelevant. If we're still pretending this is a free country, we need to remember that criticism of a political figure, no matter how crude, is protected speech under the 1st Amendment.
It's protected speech, no matter how much we dislike the speaker, no matter how offensive the message is. Period.