LAS VEGAS, Nevada (The Adobo Chronicles, Las Vegas Bureau) – We all know the drill during political rallies and townhall meetings: a group of carefully selected and screened individuals sits on stage, behind the podium, displaying a wide range of facial expressions for the cameras. The individuals are expected to nod their heads in agreement with what the candidate is saying, laugh at his or her jokes, cheer and applaud for soundbites. On occasion, they are caught in moments of boredom.
A townhall meeting in Las Vegas, featuring representatives of the U.S. presidential candidates, has come under fire for how the select group of stage props were treated.
The event was a speech by former President Bill Clinton, representing Hillary, during a townhall meeting convened by the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and the Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote).
As can be seen in the photo, the group of Asian Americans was roped off to separate them from Clinton.
No stage props have ever been treated the same way in U.S. political history. It reminded the audience and television viewers of shows like ‘CSI: Miami’ or ‘Hawaii Five-O’ where crime scenes are roped off with yellow tape.
Calls to the Clinton campaign and the event sponsors for comment have not been returned as of press time. The management of Caesar’s Palace where the event was held, however reminded us that the accurate term for the ‘rope’ was ‘stanchion.’