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Rodeo Announcers Won’t Make Lame Brokeback Mountain Jokes Anymore

Having never been to an event where grown men duel with farm animals, I’m in the dark about what constitutes normal behavior at a rodeo. But poking fun of gays, writes
Denver blogger Melanie Asmar
, isn’t part of it.

I was sitting in the stands of the rodeo at the National Western Stock Show on Saturday night, watching men wrestle steer to the ground, when the announcer mentioned Brokeback Mountain. He and the bullfighter/rodeo clown had been bantering all night.

Your favorite cowboy movie is Brokeback Mountain, one said. You were the stunt double for the sex scenes, the other shot back.

The lines were clearly meant as put-downs, though many in the audience — which included kids and families — laughed. Later, when the guy in charge of music played a clip of “Tiny Dancer,” the announcer struck again. “I bet you have a lot of Elton John on your iPod,” he teased the bullfighter. “So?” the bullfighter said in a mockingly defensive tone of voice.

The two spent the rest of the evening making jokes about Lady Gaga, the bullfighter’s balls and how he sucked at picking up women. The bullfighter spent much of the night straddling the fence surrounding the ring, asking a woman in the audience to marry him.

But don’t worry! The rodeo has apologized! Says a spokeswoman: “After reviewing the tape of the event, we understand how some of the comments made during a rodeo comedy routine might have been offensive. As such, we have taken internal measures to address the situation. Both employees involved have apologized for their remarks during their comedy act and have removed this from all future shows.” Which, uh, only goes to show the announcers have been including this “comedy act” in all their previous shows.