“How Freak Shows Worked”
Podcast: Stuff You Should Know
This podcast has generally interesting topics, but hosts Josh and Chuck sometimes get lost in redundant, off-topic information and therefore their episodes are rarely my favorites. But this week, despite the trivialities, I truly enjoyed listening to their episode. They end with an interesting note concerning moral ambiguity. How fair it is to judge the audience, the performers or the managers of these shows?
“Not too long ago, people would pay money to gawk and stare at a performer with a physical disformity. They were called freakshows and they began in large part thanks to P.T. Barnum, whose circus we still enjoy today. Sounds awful, but some of these performers became rich folks as a result. Exploitive? You decide.”
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