Freaky Misconception

1 Aug

Hey folks! Mavis speaking. It’s time to clear up rumors and disprove a myth about the circus. Over the years, people have moaned and groaned about the awful treatment of performers who “are different”, have disabilities or outrageous anomalies. Are freak shows wrong? My answer is hell no. Why?
Many of these folks are social outcasts. When in public they are gawked at, pointed at and run away from in fear or disgust, (to name a few). It is often difficult for legless, armless, oddly bearded, overtly short, massively tall, morbidly obese, geographically tattooed persons to gain legitimate employment. They are no doubt discriminated against. Admit it. If you were to encounter an over seven foot woman or man in a public setting, you would be so inclined to look and take a few double takes. Imagine how difficult it would be for them to find a lover!
Those things said, I don’t believe that freak shows should be banned from the circus. If they have been, it’s odd for people to think that modern-day societal freak shows are nonexistent. For instance: talk shows (i.e. Jerry Springer). And what, per say, do you consider reality T.V.? Nonetheless, this article is intended to open the public eye to the importance of circus freak shows.
Would freaks have jobs if not employed by the circus? I guess you could say that a midget or dwarf gets jobs in Hollywood. And guess what they play in every movie: a midget or dwarf. That doesn’t leave them many career options. We all know they’ll never get a “Brad Pitt” part. Let’s consider the fat lady or bearded lady of the circus freak shows. Do these women have a chance to get a leading role in a movie? I think not. Their excessive curves and unwanted facial hair lead to much discrimination in the public sphere.
To boot: the circus is a chance for these social outcasts to not only gain employment, but to provide them with a circus family. It’s also an opportunity for some to have long lasting and fruitful careers. And you may argue that they are gawked at, pointed at and so on. Even if they’re not freaks in the circus, they are freaks in the real world. Either way people are gonna stare. Why not get paid for it!!?!!

By the way… with a wooden leg, I am considered a freak too.  Wouldn’t you agree?  Without the circus, it would be quite difficult for me to get a regular job.  I can’t drive, swim, walk up stairs or carry objects steadily without the risk of dropping them.  So, I must say, that as a freak I am very thankful for the circus and my freaky family!

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One Response to “Freaky Misconception”

  1. Rita Childress August 2, 2010 at 11:23 pm #

    great read Mavis! it really makes ya think about the life of a circus freak.

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