The circus is coming to town, literally

My friend Michael has turned carnival barker and sends in this:

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus makes it’s Los Angeles run at
the Staples Center this weekend
.

This circus remains old fashioned with acrobats, clowns, trained animals
and other feats of skills. The prices for admission are modern and food
& drink are at the usually Staple Center markup, but the entertainment
is unique and fun.

Take a break from your usual weekend plans and go see elephants march.

Now growing up in Bradenton, Florida – the ghetto just north of Sarasota where Ringling Brothers is based out of (hell, my mom lives on Ringling Blvd) I’ve seen this circus about a brazilian times. Then I moved to away to college and when the circus came to town there a bunch of of the peta losers decided the circus needed protesting and begged us to join them. Half because we thought they were full of shit, and half because we just liked to star trouble a few friends and I went along but brought our own signs. I think mine said “The Circus is Stinky!” and had a crude drawing of poop complete with buzzing flies and stink lines. My friend Jeff had a sign that read “The Circus Makes Baby Jesus Cry” and Anatol had one saying “Protests are fun!” We amused ourselves pretty good with that one, and shockingly we weren’t invited back the next time when those hippies decided they needed to protest the Weinermobile came to town. So naturally we counter protested with signs like “I heart Weiners!”

18 Replies to “The circus is coming to town, literally”

  1. Closest I’ve come was marching at a socialist rally with a Free James Brown! placard. (Though, on further reflection, perhaps it should have read “Free James Brown* (*with puchase of Godparent of Soul of equal or greater value)”)

  2. Yeah, why bother protesting the suffering and torture of those animals by the Ringling Bros assholes? Fuck them, right?

    If lions die from heatstroke in train cars in the desert, who cares, right?

    If 44 of the 60 elephants that they use were captured in the wild, who cares, right?

    If the trainers shoot and kill their tigers while the the animal is trapped in his cage, who cares, right?

    Their animals die in their transport containers, are essentially tortured and live miserable lives just so you can go and watch them prance around in a tent at the fucking circus.

    Yeah, its the people protesting that are the assholes…

  3. Yeah, why bother protesting the suffering and torture of those animals by the Ringling Bros assholes? Fuck them, right?

    If lions die from heatstroke in train cars in the desert, who cares, right?

    If 44 of the 60 elephants that they use were captured in the wild, who cares, right?

    If the trainers shoot and kill their tigers while the the animal is trapped in his cage, who cares, right?

    Right! Right?

  4. No, actually I just don’t think portesting does any good. It doesn’t convince anyone there is a problem they could be concerned with, it just pisses them off and make sure next time they here about ‘animal rights’ they listen half as well. It’s counter productive. Education works, yelling at people and telling them they are wrong doesn’t.

  5. There are other forms of protest aside from yelling at people. That’s not how its going to be when Ringling Bros comes to Anaheim next week. I will be there along with different animal rights and animal welfare groups. Not to yell, but to speak to people directly as they enter the arena and to be sure that they know what they are really supporting with their ticket purchases.

    Are you telling me that since the protesters you saw pissed you off, that you feel that the issues concerning circus animals is not of any concern?

  6. “Are you telling me that since the protesters you saw pissed you off, that you feel that the issues concerning circus animals is not of any concern?”

    I’ve been vegan for almost 13 years, and vegetarian for coming up on 20 for strictly animal rights reasons, however I don’t like people telling me what to do and to that end don’t agree that telling other people what to do is a good idea, ever.

  7. Oh please, get real. How you can deduce that dealing with annoying protesters could make Sean all-of-a-sudden not care about the real issue is absurd.

    Regardless, people going to a circus see protesters and think “crazy animal rights people” whether or not you’re yelling. It’s way more productive to work within a system, volunteer to help circus animals, try to adopt policies, write articles in publications and blogs. Protesting a circus that’s been around for decades to people who are excited to be there will do NOTHING. It’s annoying and aggrevating – I think so and I’m vegan (and so is Sean by the way).

  8. I guess what made me believe that Sean doesn’t care about that issue was his original post. Perhaps he and you are vegan, and that’s great. But I just found it unfortunate that he was suggesting that people go to the circus because its so great and wonderful and fun.

    His post certainly reads like the circus is great and the protesters (anti-circus people) are stupid. He even said that they were full of shit. Am I misunderstanding things?

    I stated how I believe people can be educated, no? I don’t think that writing in my blog is going to reach anyone other than those who already agree with me, you know? And even when people do agree with me about the inhumane nature of circuses (which you might judging by your choice of a vegan lifestyle), you still choose to attack on the grounds that protesting is dumb (even though I clearly stated that I am planning to educate people there and not scream at them with a sign in my hand).

    And from what I have seen, quite a few opinions have been changed at cicuses when people are approached in a civil manner, you know?

    But then again, perhaps people view animal rights protesters as dumb because people stand with them and jokingly hold signs which read “The Circus Makes Baby Jesus Cry”, like Sean and his friend did. If I was a circus patron, I would ignore them for their stupididy and walk right inside the tent without a second thought.

  9. FP – I’m not going to get into an arguement with you about who is doing more for animal rights. I know what I’m doing and I’m comfortable with that and frankly, I don’t care what you are doing. Go back and re read my post – I never said the circus was fun, I post a comment from a friend who said the circus was fun. Big difference. You and I have different ideas of the way these things should be approached, having been on the front lines of quite a bit of direct action for years I’ve seen all angles on this and that’s led to my current viewpoints and I’m not going to change them. You are welcome to you own, and I’m welcome to my opinions of yours. Additionally, was my post about you? No. It was about some stupid people I went to college with. Their protesting the circus was only the tip of their idotic iceberg. These were vegetarians who wore leather telling me that I wasn’t “supporting the movement enough.” If you choose to take my insulting them as a personal attack then go for it. And really, if you are all bent out of shape because you there is ANYONE else in the country holding up a “The Circus Makes Baby Jesus Cry” sign you really need to take a vacation.

  10. No, people view animal rights protesters as dumb because you’re pushing your shit onto someone else. Nobody likes that. Personally, I think it perpetuates a stereotype and makes it only that much more difficult when you’re having one-on-one conversations with people about animal rights.

  11. Yes, if I saw a protester holding a sign that says “Circuses make baby jesus cry”, I would think that they are an idiot since how would I know that they were doing it in jest. So when you do that, you are only perpetuating the perceived idiocy of the protesters. If people like Caryn (who I am sure is not alone), think that protesters are full of shit, those actions only add to “perpetuating that stereotype” as Caryn put it so well.

    I certainly never meant to create a comment as to who is “doing more for the movement”. If it came off like that, I apologize since that would be ridiculous of me. The last thing i eever want to come off like is like the leather wearing vegatatians who you used to know who yell at you for one thing or another.

    And Caryn, for some reason it seems that just aren’t listening to what I am trying to say. I have repeatedly said that I am not out to push “my shit” onto anyone else, but rather to educate and inform people in a civil manner. Once they have the information, they can do what they want with it. You will not see me naked and painted as a tiger while sitting a cage to protest anything, know what I mean? Not a pretty sight…

  12. Wow, didn’t mean to cause a shit storm here.

    Obviously some people have issues about the way certain animals are treated.

    If you want to pick a fight with someone then choose me. I’m the one that believes that the most natural thing in the world is one creature eating a another creature.

  13. Wow, didn’t mean to cause a shit storm here.

    Obviously some people have issues about the way certain animals are treated.

    If you want to pick a fight with someone then choose me. I’m the one that believes that the most natural thing in the world is one creature eating a another creature.

    How could you hold such absurd beliefs? You are a monster and deserve to be chased around by angry villagers with torches and pitchforks!

    Everyone knows that the most natural thing in the world is having every single organism gather around in a big circle of love, a top a lush green meadow, singing and dancing against a rainbow in the sky.

  14. FP – even if you have a nice little stand outside the circus and politely go up to people and say “excuse me, can I talk to you?” it’s STILL pushing your shit on other people. I feel like a jerk for saying that because I do not like the circus at all (animal issues aside, those clowns are effing scary) but I just cannot stand it when people take that “I’m going to educate” stance”. It’s very egotisical and self-centered. It’s like that with political, environmental, and even art issues. I think we make differences in the world with ourselves not by converting people to the hord.

  15. caryn, I guess I feel that trying to “educate” someone (for lack of a better and non-self-righteous term) is a good thing. I’ve learned things and been turned on to things because others introduced me to new topics and ideas – a far cry from having them “push their shit on me”.

    I don’t think that living in my personal coccoon is a good thing. I like to engage in a discourse whether it be political, religious or artistic. Not only might the other person learn something, but more times than not, I will learn as well. For example, posting my ideas in my blog for my already like-minded friends to come and read isn’t really accomplishing much, you know? Isn’t it good to reach out to others, as long as its done in a proper and polite way?

    I agure, we make differences in the world within ourselves, but I don’t think it should stop there.

    And Michael, no one is picking a fight with anyone, so relax.

  16. Trying to “educate” someone makes the assumption they “aren’t educated” so instantly it’s taking a superior approach. As if there’s only one right answer and if someone doesn’t agree with you it can only because they don’t know what they are talking about. I don’t agree with that at all. Everyone has to do what is right for them and assuming what is right for you is right for something else is a pretty big mistake.

  17. Yes, I agree somewhat. That is why when I said “educating” I also said “for lack of a better and non-self-righteous term”. But then again, everyone can stand to be educated about certain things.

    For example, you said that you are vegan strictly for animal rights reasons. I’m sure that you could educate quite a number of people on certain facts pertaining this lifestyle choice. In fact, I’m sure you could educate me on a number of these facts. Would that be you taking a superior stance? Not necessarily. Its all dependant on how you went about it.

    To stay with this example, it would not be wrong for you to teach someone what you know about the horrors of factory farming. What they do with that information is up to them, but you should always share your knowledge and passion.

    I have been taught/told many things in my life. Some I have taken to heart and some I have ignored because I either “knew better” or just didn’t care about that particular subject. But the only time I feel like someone is taking a superior tone is if they intentionally take that course, and I usually don’t feel that simply because they know something more about a particular subject that I do.

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