The circus is an important part of theater, social commentary, and shyster freakshow. We need the twisted, living at the edges, fucking with our standards and our brains and our social contracts. The resiliency of our beliefs and views comes from having them challenged, and the circus is an important part of that.
When we lose the weirdness at the edges, we lose a bit of ourselves. Our definitions blur. Lines become unfocused, and more easily crossed.
this is an interesting thought -it makes me wonder... what other lines are there to be crossed? Societally, our definitions aren't just blurred, I think they're gone in many ways. What beliefs are left to be challenged? I guess one never knows until one is confronted with this... but as I think about what was "CRAZY FRINGE" even ten years ago... walks down mainstreet with a $60k job in advertising. A person who engaged in what was once "Sexually Reprehensible" is now about to take office on Friday.
Fringe is every day. Boundaries are gone. Just my observation... not judgement.