freak show

noun
1.
a display of people or animals with unusual or grotesque physical features, as at a circus or carnival sideshow.
2.
any ludicrous, bizarre, or dehumanizing occasion, function, performance, etc.; grotesque, circuslike event: endless interviews and auditions that became a ridiculous freak show.

Origin:
1885–90

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Main Entry:  freak show1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a sideshow in popular entertainment, featuring grotesquely developed people or animals
Main Entry:  freak show2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  any show or event that is in bad taste
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Example sentences
Forgive me for not wanting to visit the freak show next door.
Yet one aspect of it may soon seem less a freak show than a cliché.
These can range from the freak show to folk drama to tableau and beast-plays.
It's not about finding the grossest food in town and airing the ensuing freak
  show.
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