A Michigan rodeo clown caused a stir last week after he joked about gender identity at the Calhoun County Fair.
“You’re either a boy or a girl, y’all understand,” “Rockin’ Robbie Hodges told the audience Thursday. “If you’re confused, then you need help, OK?”
“Everybody in here who’s really sure they’re a boy, raise your hand,” he continued. “If you can tinkle on a fire, you go to the boys room. If you can’t, you go to the girls room, right?”
Some audience members appeared to laugh at the joke, but an attendee who recorded the skit said many people left out of protest, a local NBC News affiliate reported.
Megan Harvey, the executive director for the Calhoun County Fair, said she was disappointed by the comments.
“I was very disappointed, because we do not put on a platform for that to happen here,” she told NBC.
Mr. Hodges is an independent contractor with Lost Nations Rodeo Co., which has partnered with the Calhoun County Fair for the second year in a row. The rodeo clown’s boss, Shilo Walden, said Mr. Hodges was hired for just the one event, and he would no longer be providing services for the company.
“Lost Nations Rodeo would like to formally apologize for the comments made by our 2016 Calhoun County Fair Event Rodeo Clown Robbie Hodges,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. “Mr. Hodges is an independent contractor who was hired for this lone event. Mr. Hodges is no longer employed by Lost Nations Rodeo because he fulfilled his contract in its entirety. Lost Nations was unaware that the comments made at the 2016 Calhoun County Fair would be made and were off script. The views expressed at this event belonged solely to Mr. Hodges. We sincerely apologize again to all of our fans and look forward to entertaining you in the future.”
The Calhoun County Fair Board is set to decide whether Lost Nations Rodeo will be invited back for another year, NBC reported.
“I never want to see anyone lose their job because we all have a family to support and so on, but I hope he takes home that he can’t do that and this is a family-friendly event,” Ms. Harvey said.