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Tyler Collins - Fancy Farm Apology

by: Hillbilly

Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 17:00:00 PM EDT


I received the following from Tyler Collins today. His full letter is after the fold.
Hillbilly :: Tyler Collins - Fancy Farm Apology

This past week I attended and took part in the 130th Annual Fancy Farm Picnic. For years it has been a bi-partisan event where partisanship was part of the fun. This year there were a few different people who dressed up and partook in political satire to make a political statement. The former mayor of Louisville dressed up as a Neanderthal and was called “NeanderPaul” and claimed Paul will take us back to the Stone Age. Additionally, there were two men dressed up as grim reapers who walked through the crowd holding signs that said, “Conway’s Death Tax” and a man in a dolphin suit who held up a sign that read Conway flips on “Cap and Trade”. Unfortunately, the dolphin does not end my summary of the Fancy Farm theatrical getups.
I did something that was stupid, not in the best of taste, and that I have regretted since the moment I left Fancy Farm, and for this act, I deeply apologize. I wore a tin foil hat “to keep the government out of my head”, sported a Rand Paul 2010 sign on my back, and had a sign with a Dora the Explorer piñata (a Hispanic cartoon character) that was duct taped to it that read, “They take our Jobs, Steal the American Dream, corrupt our children, Rand Paul 2010.” The purpose was to use satire to protest the lack of sympathy that I felt Hispanics were not given considering some of their situations. I respect all opinions and justified convictions that people who disagree with me may have.
I paraded around Fancy Farm as a Rand Paul supporter and sorry to say was taken seriously by some. While there are a few people who are motivated by race in whom or what they support, I do not believe that includes the majority of Rand Paul supporters. While I have criticized the TEA party movement in the past, I recognize them as Patriotic Americans who want to make a difference and bring about change that this country is in desperate need of, and my words have not been guarded as well as they should have been. For that I cannot express enough remorse. I have never tried to infiltrate a Tea Party event and I never will. Furthermore, I believe that infiltration is wrong—period , even if someone believes that the end justifies the means. There is no justification in trying to infringe on anyone’s 1st amendment right, and I believe Tea Party infiltration fits that bill.
I am not associated nor do I stay in contact with either the Rand Paul or Jack Conway campaigns. There is a huge difference in merely being a supporter of a candidate and being asked by that same campaign to parade around in a derogatory costume. I was not asked by anyone to act as I did. Those that truly know me understand that unfortunately I “did stupid” all by myself. I didn’t need any help. I would like to apologize for the disturbance and hurt feelings that I caused this last week and I have denied contact with the media because I have no desire to become “Joe the Plumber” of 2010.
When being interviewed by Channel 11 News, the reporter asked me a few questions in which I am addressing in this article. I reacted the way I did because I had never been interviewed before, and I was struggling with the spur of the moment decision to explain it as satire or stay in character. I wrongly chose staying in character. I have not released an apology sooner because I have tried to shield my family from any backlash, and I did not want a sensationalized media story. I further apologize to my family, Crittenden County and my readers for not holding myself to the standards that I have for myself. What I did was wrong and I will not try to justify it.
I have always tried to fight for people who do not have a voice and are afraid of being bombarded if their views might differ from someone else’s. For several reasons I have decided to stop writing for the Crittenden Press and put a temporary hold on any political involvement during this campaign cycle except for voting. I do encourage everyone to look at all of the issues in full and think long and hard before they cast their ballot this November.

Tyler Collins

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few of Paul's supporters (4.00 / 3)
could be a song here! taking us back to 1773 tea party
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Rand of all people calling someone a flip flopper
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"If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed."
~Mark Twain~  


Apology (4.00 / 4)
All I can say is this kid's got guts! I know he messed up, but part of growing up is admitting when you are wrong.  

sciencechicksrule (4.00 / 2)
I believe you are right, the kid's got guts and seems to wise beyond his years.  

©"Never before have so few with so much promised to take away so much from so many and then laugh their asses off as the so many with so little vote for the so few with so much."
A James Pence Quote



[ Parent ]
Who is this? (4.00 / 1)
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©"Never before have so few with so much promised to take away so much from so many and then laugh their asses off as the so many with so little vote for the so few with so much."
A James Pence Quote



I don't have a picture of the grim reaper (4.00 / 2)
Jim you got one?

"If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed."
~Mark Twain~  


found it (4.00 / 2)
Rand Paul grim reaper
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"If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed."
~Mark Twain~  


Tyler's Apology (4.00 / 3)
These comments are absolutely correct.  Tyler is an exceptionally mature young man...and like most of youth, mistakes get made as part of growing up and not listening to your inner voice.  But on the other side, we are lucky to have young men willing to get involved in the battles of politics and fight back.  Too many tremendous concerns about Rand Paul, his and the Tea Party's agenda but we only express those concerns in small groups of like-minded people.  Maybe if we stand up for what we believe in our future will not feel ALONE in the Fight for What is Right!

Amen (4.00 / 2)
Loveable. There's always a price for not standing up or speaking out:

Pastor Martin Niemöller

"THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up."

©"Never before have so few with so much promised to take away so much from so many and then laugh their asses off as the so many with so little vote for the so few with so much."
A James Pence Quote



[ Parent ]
I dunno... it sounds like fair game to me! (4.00 / 3)
If some folks took it too seriously, I'd wager that's their problem, not the tinfoil-hat-costumer's problem. Good gosh, are we all going have to put on our Serious Faces just to make sure that nobody gets offended?

Yeah, his apology is fine. I just wonder when we're all going to have to start apologising for everything we do, large or small, serious or trivial.

OKokok... I apologise in advance for this comment. :-)

Hmmm. Bachmann or Palin? Palin or Bachmann? Gee. I can't decide.


well said (4.00 / 3)
This is indeed a very mature statement and speaks well of Mr. Collins' character.  While his satirical political theater may not have reflected the best judgment, his actions subsequent to Fancy Farm show him to be insightful and of high character.  

I hope Tyler Collins isn't too hard on himself and I hope there is not inappropriate harassment from the opposition camp out to make political hay out of what is essentially a trivial occurrence. While it is likely not wise to caricature the supporters of a political opponent the way Tyler Collins did, it is also not appropriate to try to sling mud on an opponent as Rand Paul has been attempting to do (to deflect attention from the story about his own youthful Aqua Buddha misadventures, no less) based solely on the actions of a supporter of that candidate.


my one point of disagreement (4.00 / 3)
might be the statement that some people took him seriously.  I didn't get the impression that the interviewers thought he was a genuine supporter, and as David Weigel (Slate reporter who covers conservatives) said, maybe the tinfoil hat was a giveaway.  

Without the tinfoil hat, it might be a bit ambiguous, but the hat made it clearly satire.  Especially saying to reporters it was to keep the government out of his brain.

We do need to stand up vigorously for the right to free political expression and to protect it in all its forms, including satire.  


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