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The Real-Life Inspirations Behind ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’

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They were rejected by society, but found comfort with each other

Before the internet, before video games, the circus was a major form of entertainment. These traveling acts included trapeze artists, lion taming, and most memorably, what was called “freak shows.” These “geeks” had congenital conditions that rendered them scary to many ignorant people who were not commonly exposed to those that were different looking.

While we are a much more sympathetic society now, let’s take a look at what once was an American staple of oddities that American Horror Story dedicated an entire season to.

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Credit: FX

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