Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Declares The Circus Wants The Circus Back

The Greatest Show On Earth®
Officially Denounces Comparisons to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

ELLENTON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#TakeBackTheCircusRingling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey today launched The
Circus Wants The Circus Back
campaign in response to the incessant
usage of the words “circus” and “clown” during the 2016 U.S.
Presidential Election. As part of this campaign, Ringling Bros.®
is urging the public to join the cause by sharing this video
featuring real circus stars and using the hashtag #TakeBackTheCircus on
their social media channels. The Greatest Show On Earth is also
inviting everyone to attend a Ringling Bros. show to truly
experience the “real circus” or see a “real clown.” Additional content
will also be available at www.ringling.com/TakeBackTheCircus
or by following @RinglingBros on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube
between now and Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

“Over the past year, the news landscape has been setting the stage for
this campaign. 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,”
noted Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out
Of This World
TM Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson.
“These comparisons need to stop! We want to #TakeBackTheCircus to where
it belongs, to the real circus, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

With the launch of this campaign, the 146-year-old circus officially
denounces the comparison to the election and the candidates themselves,
reminding the public that it is the real circus and The Greatest
Show On Earth
– that’s not political.
In the weeks to come, the campaign will also further come to life with
additional videos, social content, in-arena activations, events and more.

“You can do and say silly things or slap on colorful ties and pantsuits
all you want, but that does not make you a Ringling Bros. clown,”
added Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus
® Boss Clown Taylor Albin. “We take
clowning very seriously! We’re part of The Greatest Show on Earth,
so trust me, we know a little something about making things great.
Circus is what Ringling Bros. knows best, and we would like to
cordially invite everyone to take a break from the absurdity and
experience the real circus.”

As part of The Circus Wants The Circus Back campaign, Ringling
would like to extend an open VIP invitation to the
Presidential Candidates, their staffs and families. This invitation also
includes the political media and their families, if they, too, would
like to escape the politics, rhetoric and election for a few hours.

For a complete list of tour dates for Ringling Bros. Out Of
This World
and Circus XTREME through December 2016, and to
purchase tickets, please visit the Ringling Bros. website (www.Ringling.com)
or download the Ringling Bros. mobile app.

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