During the 1800s, Phineas Taylor Barnum – better known as “P.T. Barnum” – became famous as “The Great American Showman.” Barnum specialized in displaying odd and intriguing attractions to audiences who were eager to pay to see something out of the ordinary.
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Okay, Mr Randian the living torso is the most badass SOB that ever lived. I saw the cigarette trick in the movie Freaks from 1932 and Arnold Schwarzenger and Sylvester Stallone combined can dream of being that cool
I don't get the dislikes. For a man of his time Barnum was pretty damn progressive. At least he paid his freaks. I work in a kitchen with a bunch of side show rejects and we don't get paid nearly so we'll lol!
That pay meant they weren't burdens on society forced to hide themselves away from the world or be confined to institutions. They got to live relatively well and were taken care of exceptionally well.
Many peopel think that is it horrible to display people like this, and it is if you really show them of as freaks, but to my understanding, all these people were actually happy with their lives. They made a ton of money and all they had to do was to show up really. People dont come to watch them because they think that they are "awful" or "gross" or "actually freaks" (todays definition), people came to see them for the same reason we watch documentaries about people with disabilities today; it is interesting and facinating!
I would totally be in one of these shows to earn 11.000 every week!
Why do people get mad and say that these people were exploited? Aren't people doing this same thing today on talk shows? How about my 600lb Life? Hoarders? My Big Fat Fabulous Life? Dr Pimple Popper? Skin diseases on people are common on National Geographics? Little Couple, Little People? Conjoined twins... These channels are being paid by advertisers. Exploited is subjective. These people were/are paid yes but they had a life that is /was intriguing and different. I would say If they were kidnapped and sold without their say then they are/were exploited.
ironically this kind of gig paid these people more than most disabled folks in today's society could ever dream of making. it just has the possibility to go terribly wrong and I'm sure the people with mental disabilities were exploited the most often.
The word ‘freak’ isn’t outdated or offensive. It’s regarded as such because of how generations have used it differently and especially the ‘freak’ generation currently in swing. People are offensive, not words.
I’m no expert on this but I think the people you referred to as dwarves were actually midgets, as these two types of little people were called then. Those previously called midgets are proportioned like most adult humans, look like the majority of humans in the proportion of body, limbs & head, while “dwarves” tend to have shorter limbs, stockier bodies, & heads larger than normal in proportion to their bodies. These are two different cases, each one mainly inherited biologically, although I think both kinds of people now choose to be called “little people.” They look different from other people but have the same intellectual capacity as most humans.
When I was a kid I actually was offered to be in a freak show; I almost took the offer because the title of Snake Child sounded cool. I eventually refused because I was told I'd be ridiculed even more than I already was. I have psoriasis on my face, scalp and arms. I was born with it.
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