Origin of Everything

Why Was It Illegal to be Ugly?

Season 1 Episode 34 | 5m 53s | Video has closed captioning.

For nearly 100 years it was illegal to be “ugly” in America. Of course, “ugly” wasn’t actually about physical attractiveness, it was a way to criminalize disability and disfigurement and it lead to the rise of the freak show. So how did we put an end to these ridiculous laws? Watch the episode to find out.

Aired: 07/10/18

Rating: NR


Problems Playing Video? | Closed Captioning