Man Can Put Obama's Decapitated Head in Halloween Display No Matter How Creepy

Obama head Halloween display

Right Wing News refers to Richard Piersol’s Halloween display as “freaking hilarious and awesome.” They point out that Piersol’s decision to place a rubber Obama mask on a spear to create the appearance of a severed head isn’t offensive (“Some people don’t like the President, and some do”), nor is it racist (Hey, “Obama’s only half-black”).

Others, perhaps unsurprisingly, aren’t so happy about Piersol’s choice of holiday decor. Personally I’m really glad Richard Piersol doesn’t live next door to me — but I also think he’s got every right in the world to display the President’s head on a stick if that’s what floats his boat.

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Piersol set up the display in his front yard near Boise, and he says his creativity was driven by his opposition to President Obama and the videos of ISIS beheadings:

I’ve got the Grim Reaper on the ATV, and Obama’s head is on the spear and he has been decapitated. It’s like free speech. I am pretty much saying I don’t like his politics, and I don’t like him. That’s it.

He wants to be clear that the decorations have nothing to do with race, and he even trots out the “I have black friends” argument:

I’ve got a couple of African American friends of mine that have given me more ideas to put out there to make it look gorier. And it’s like ‘no, I don’t want to do that.’ That might offend somebody.

My feeling is that it’s putting a decapitated rubber Obama head on a spear is a pretty specific complaint against Obama, not a statement about race. But here’s the hilarious-to-me reaction from one of Piersol’s neighbors:

My son asked me if it was a little bit prejudice towards certain individuals, say maybe the president because it has a head over there with a machete. I said no I don’t think it’s directed towards anybody. I think it just happens to be that situation the way they put it together.

Hahahahaha. REALLY? Okay, maybe he’s saying it’s not directed toward African Americans, but I’m thinking it was hardly an accidental setup in terms of how it's portraying the President.

The local sheriff’s office says Piersol’s not breaking any laws, and Piersol even says at least three deputies have stopped and given approving thumbs ups for the display. He does say he’s willing to remove it if people get upset, though:

If I have way too many people that don’t like it, I will take it down.

Like I said, I’m glad this isn’t on display in my neighborhood because I don’t like the idea of portraying any living person’s head on a stick, but regardless of whether Mr. Piersol and I see eye to eye politically (for the record, we don’t), he’s got the freedom to express his opinions this way. Just like I’ve got the freedom to think that, frankly, he doesn’t seem like a very nice person.

Would you be offended by this display?


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