Ringling Bros. Is Shutting Down "The Greatest Show On Earth"

Submitted by: normalfreak2 2 months ago News & Politics

That's all, everyone -- "The Greatest Show on Earth" will give its final performance May 21, 2017 at Nassau Coliseum in New York after 146 years on the road. It had a good run though, but due to declining ticket sales, the high cost of operation, and the fact that people are final vocal about animals cruelty, the circus is no longer a viable business venture.

After much evaluation and deliberation, my family and I have made the difficult business decision that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will hold its final performances in May of this year," Kenneth Feld, CEO of the company that owns Ringling Bros said in an open letter. "Ticket sales have been declining, but following the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic drop. This, coupled with high operating costs, made the circus an unsustainable business for the company.

Pretty big news, but not all that surprising, no matter what side of the 
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Female 1,318
The only thing I liked about the circus was the acrobatic acts. The clowns bothered me and the animals didn't look happy at all.
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Male 1,540
abby0315 totally agree with your comment. i saw them when i was very young.. tiny tim was there but yeah the animals seemed ticked off and clowns are meant for horror novels. now acrobats and the motorcycle guys that did the spin of death that shit is badass.. kinda like drive in movies. some things pass on
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Female 9,428
No one interested in the circus anymore. It was good when people had a limited amount of entertainment, but not with the internet, it is easier to find it. Plus, most people do not like clowns and abused animals.
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Male 1,744
panth753 True. As an experiment, I thought of the word circus to see what my first mental images were. Big cat tamer: Cracking whips at abused lions and tigers that clearly don't want to be jumping through hoops of fire. Elephants: The image of chains around elephants' feet leaps to mind. Clowns: Scary as fuck and not funny.

Yeah, it's time to move on, similar to the way bear baiting and bull baiting were discontinued centuries ago. (If unfamiliar with the terms, these were "blood sports" where a chained bear or bull was literally torn to pieces by dogs in front of a cheering audience. What fun!)
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Male 500
Right now, somewhere in the world, a political cartoonist is drawing a long line of clowns getting out of a tiny car and into the unemployment line. You know they are.
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Male 19,981
Probably about 20 years too late, but it's probably for the best. It's an antiquated concept.
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Male 6,165
fancylad Yea the circus never really evolved.  I mean you have to update the acts with the times.  Look at cirque du soleil for example
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Male 420
normalfreak2 It's not just that, it's that if people want to see stuff like that they can just go to a theme park or a zoo.  I took my daughter to the circus a few years ago because my father-in-law bought us some tickets.  The acts not involving animals were all pretty great and my daughter had a ton of fun.

Part of the reason it's an antiquated concept is that people move around a lot more and go places on their own, because we have cars and planes and stuff.  It used to be if you wanted this kind of entertainment, you had to wait for it to come to you.  In 1920, approximately 50 years after the circus started, only 8 million Americans owned vehicles.  By 1950 that number was 50 million.  Then the 60s came along and commercial airlines became a big thing.  The country got a lot smaller.  Around that same time you also had Disneyland open in 1955 and the first Six Flags Theme park in 1959.  These are basically direct competition to the Circus as they also have shows and performers.  Why save up money and wait for the Circus to come to town when you can jump on an airplane and fly to a theme park?  People plan their vacations, when the Circus comes to town, it's there for what, one week usually?  What if the budget is tight that week or you have other plans? 
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