The Nose: Rodeo Clowns, Why Americans Want to Drive Less and Abolish Tipping

Aug 16, 2013

This week a rodeo clown made news when he wore an Obama mask for a routine that straddled the line between permissible lampooning of a president and unsettling evocations of a lone black man being chased and menaced while a white crowd cheered and jeered. How do we resolve those two strains at the moment? There's our belief in loud, lusty rebuke to people in power and our sense that some depictions of black and white kick historical tripwires and throw us back to 1861.

Also, up for discussion on The Nose today, a decline in the drivers of certain brands of cars and one restaurateurs' account of getting rid of the tipping system without any unpleasnt side effects.

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