Mobile City Councilman Joel Daves is resigning from the Comic Cowboys after criticism of the group’s Mardi Gras floats. Several were seen as racist by critics. This comes a day after Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson resigned from the group.
In a press release Daves wrote:
“After seeing the floats from this past Fat Tuesday, I made the decision to resign from the Comic Cowboys. I believe there is a place for satire in our society. It can help expose important issues and I think we should be able to laugh at ourselves once in a while. My twenty year membership in the Cowboys was a reflection of those beliefs.
I was out of town for Mardi Gras this year. However, once I returned and saw images of the Comic Cowboys floats, it was clear to me that my membership wasn’t consistent with my being a public official. It is my focus to improve the lives of all citizens in District 5 and across our city. I won’t stand by anything that seeks to divide us or distract from that goal.”