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Hollywood has perfected the art of creating illusions to draw in and mesmerize an audience. And although Hollywood’s fantastical creations often accurately depict (albeit with great artistic license) important events in history or convey a moral message, there are other films which miss the mark entirely and falsely represent the truth.

Some may have seen the previews for The Greatest Showman, a film which stars Hugh Jackman as circus ringleader P.T. Barnum. Zac Efron and Zendaya are also featured to appeal to a younger crowd. The film portrays Barnum in a glorified light as the man who invented “show business” and provided a family-like environment for circus performers. However, this inaccurate depiction masks the truth that Barnum severely exploited both humans and animals to garner a massive profit over his lifetime.

A petition on Care2 explains how Barnum chartered a ship full of nine elephants from Sri Lanka to become subjects of his shows, and conditions on the ship were so inhumane that one elephant died. The others were forced to succumb to constant brutal physical abuse with bullhooks and hot pokers as they unwillingly submitted to orders to perform unnatural “tricks.” And what many people do not know is that Barnum exploited and degraded African Americans and individuals with disabilities, and despite slavery already being abolished in New York at the time, Barnum “purchased” an African American woman and made her perform as a slave in the circus without any pay.

The end of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circuses last year made major national headlines, and several U.S. cities like Los Angeles and New York City, as well as many countries around the world, have banned the use of wild animals in circuses; so it is safe to say that the general public is at least somewhat aware that “The Greatest Show on Earth” was not so great after all.

The film has been nominated for three Golden Globes, including one for Best Motion Picture and one for Hugh Jackman for Best Performance by an Actor. If you are upset that P.T. Barnum is being represented in such a positive spotlight, please take a moment to sign the petition and tell the Golden Globes that The Greatest Showman represents cruelty in the highest form and has no place being honored at the esteemed awards ceremony.

And please share this with your network as a reminder that not all that glitters on the big screen is gold.
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63 comments on “Tell the Golden Globes that ‘The Greatest Showman’ Represents Cruelty, Not Fine Cinema”

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Lisa Lush
3 Months Ago

I know every time I see that commercial I cringe and my grand father was actually an elephant trainer in the circus. So sad people do this to these beautiful, trusting and intelligent creatures


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Janet Brown
3 Months Ago

Exactly


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Valerie Nagel
3 Months Ago

Look, if this movie was about showcasing the expliotation of animals, that would be one thing. The animals were not a focus and honestly not alot of P.T Barnum\'s accurate backstory was in the movie either. It was just a feel good, well written movie using a man and an idea as the inspiration for beautiful songs and awesome dances. So this article is just annoying.


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Holly
3 Months Ago

This movie isn\'t factual. They are merely using P.T\'s name and nothing else. It\'s not supposed to be a historically accurate movie, it\'s supposed to be a movie musical that is about accepting your differences and who you are. The animals in it are CGI for fuck\'s sake.


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Tracey Price
3 Months Ago

We still keep hosting the horrible stardust circus in Gosford Makes my blood run cold Hope they rot in hell Bugger Gosford council ...the money they earn off this is blood money


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Gail Smith
3 Months Ago

I understand that you are upset, and I agree that slavery and abuse of animals is definitely a bad thing. However, your title and views are misguided.

The film does not represent cruelty, nor does it feature it (to my knowledge, as I have not seen the film). Animal cruelty and slavery may have been a part of the reality, but this film is not made to be an animal rights film. It is made to show individual people that no matter how much they may feel like they do not fit in, there will always be a place for them (though this may not always be a circus). Already, by just listening to the soundtrack, I feel understood and represented.


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Christian Ray
3 Months Ago

It represents a time in history where it was fine doesn’t glorify it now.


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Oma Lynch
3 Months Ago

Did you even WATCH the movie? It's a broadway musical! Hardly even factual.


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