Clown Fired After Telling Black Woman She's a 'Nappy Head'

A clown has been fired after making a racially-insensitive remark towards an African-American woman at a local fair, Eyewitness News 3 reports.


While Tanya Jones and her family were walking around at The Delta Fair, in Memphis, Tenn., they overheard someone saying very rude things but didn't know where the remarks were coming from.

"We heard over the loud speaker someone said 'Hey nappy head,'" said Tanya Jones. "When we heard that we looked at each other because we didn't know who they were talking to."

It soon became clear it was a clown at the dunk tank and he refused to stop. "He was like 'yeah I'm talking to you, Sheneneh ... you look unbeweavable,'" said Mario Curry, who was with Jones.

Jones said she knew the clown was using insults to get people to throw balls at him, but she believes he took it too far. The Delta Fair ended up firing the clown and refunding the family their entry fees of more than $100.

Mark Lovell, president of the Delta Fair, said that Midway Company runs the dunk tank and the clown has been replaced.

"We try to promote the Delta Fair as clean, safe and family friendly," said Lovell. "We try to keep the comments fun without sexual and racial connotations."

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