Let’s Rodeo! 

Pin It

Pull on your shit kickers, the Olympic rodeo is coming.For a minute there, it looked as though the Salt Lake (Olympic) Organizing Committee might sever ties with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), with which it contracted to put on a rodeo for our Cultural Olympiad. But that was really only a pipe dream helped along by our well-meaning mayor.

It might be ironic, but a footnote is appropriate here to call attention to the latest issue of the glossy Salt Lake Magazine. Gracing its cover is our boy Rocky in a cowboy suit. This is no B.S. The mayor, sporting a Stetson and carrying a saddle, strikes a Marlboro man pose-and dang if he ain’t handsome. Parenthetically, he refused to pull on the chaps for the photo shoot. We don’t know why. We’re told he looks real hunky in chaps.

Anyway, Mitt Romney was looking for a graceful break with the PRCA because animal rights activists have been following the Olympic torch around the country with ugly pictures complaining that rodeo is cruel to calves, broncs and bulls. To say nothing of rodeo clowns. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said they’d cancel the protests and others set for Salt Lake City, if SLOC would buck the PRCA.

But when Mitt huddled with his crack Olympic legal team—you know, the ones that have been going around suing the chaps off anyone and everyone—he had to embrace the cowboy way. SLOC is bound by a contract. So, PETA and the Utah Animal Rights Coalition have promised to do their own wrangling during the Winter Games. Let’s rodeo!

Deseret News columnist and protector of the status quo Lee Benson doesn’t cotton to rodeo protestors. You remember Lee, he’s the one who earlier criticized the group Save Our Canyons for protesting a proposed 10,000-square-foot convention center on the top of Hidden Peak at Snowbird. “It’s only a canyon,” he bleated. This time it’s PETA and UARC he’s calling wimps because they weren’t at Oakley’s July 4th Rodeo, protesting where they might get beat up by real cowboys.

Lee, as you’ve probably guessed, is pretty tough from his office high in the ivory tower of the Deseret News.

Now it’s back to the original problem for those cowardly protestors at UARC and PETA—how to get a permit for a legal protest during the Olympics. Although they applied under Salt Lake City ordinances in March for legal demonstrations during the Games, the city still hasn’t issued the permits. But our Marlboro man mayor insists there is no boot dragging.

And finally this: We got a nice call from said mayor here at SmartBomb the other day. He was responding to our claim that he has yet to synchronize traffic signals downtown, as he promised during his campaign two years ago. Wrong!%#$!, he insists. He has synchronized them. They are synchronized. Haven’t you noticed? It’s more complicated than you think. OK. Sure. Fine. If you say so, Rocky.

Pin It

More by Christopher Smart

  • Flying Dinosaur Days: Christopher Smart (Editor 1996-2002)

    It’s all a fog now, but as I review the fossil record—with carbon-14 dating, of course—it appears that I started at City Weekly sometime in 1993 as a freelancer ...
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • Breaking Free

    The healing force for one prison inmate was the discovery of his art.
    • Sep 6, 2007
  • Ruben Retaliates

    In an unusual move, Salt Lake City Police Chief Ruben Ortega released protected personnel documents to news media in an apparent attempt to embarrass or retaliate against one of his police officers and president of the local police union. It was the...
    • Sep 6, 2007
  • More »

Latest in News

  • Heavy Pedal

    Road to regulate bike taxis bumpy, protracted.
    • Oct 19, 2016
  • Thanks for Nothing

    Tragic details of a young man's suicide in a Utah prison cell are brought back to life by his grandma's lawsuit.
    • Oct 12, 2016
  • Balk the Vote

    Nonprofit sets sights on re-energizing young voters.
    • Oct 5, 2016
  • More »


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Above the Law

    A federal judge stands her ground when a prosecutor seeks special consideration.
    • Apr 6, 2016
  • All Nighter

    Salt Lake City Main Library hopes proposed 24-hour service will benefit more than just the homeless
    • Apr 1, 2015

© 2016 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation