Clowns, fireworks, mudslinging, elephants, donkeys, tightrope walking, and an audience that is probably more scared than entertained.
Now, am I talking about the circus, or the 2016 presidential election?
Lots of people who have even looked at a television in the past year would be right in calling the election a circus. As it turns out, though, this is an insult to circuses! Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey recently launched a campaign to disassociate the word “circus” from the campaign season.
“Everyone from the media to the public to politicians to even President Barack Obama himself have repeatedly called the 2016 Presidential Election a circus or referred to the candidates as clowns,” Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson said in a press release. “These comparisons need to stop! We want to #TakeBackTheCircus to where it belongs, to the real circus, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.”
Looking back in history, court jesters and clowns were meant to entertain people through subtle (sometimes not-so-subtle) mockery of local rulers or those in power. In the modern era, though, the positions have been reversed. Our leaders are now the ones mocking the clowns!