Current mood:amusedOk. For those who don't know. The group Little People of America (LPA) is getting together and trying to ban the word "Midget" from all radio and television broadcast. I have been getting a ton of e-mail about my opinion on this so I figure I would fire off a blog and answer it all.
I don't want to the word banned. I'm in a minority because as a dwarf so many of my fellow ankle-punchers hate this word. Their argument is that the word "midget" is just as bad as the "n-word" in reference to black people. Whoa. Really? Listen, when someone says the n-word your body tenses up and a rush of images come to your head of boats, chains, firehoses, dogs, Rosa Parks, lynching, whips, and Flava Flav. What comes to your head when you hear the word "midget?" Happiness. Cotton Candy, cheesy organ music, and laughter. Do not compare the struggle of the dwarf to that of the black man. We were not forced to come here on boats. (it was one canoe but who is counting?) Also, when you ban a word you are giving the word power. I don't want the word banned, then I get into an argument with someone and they feel they have this word they can throw out and win the argument. Words do not have that much power. If you call me a midget, I don't all of a sudden start talking in a high voice and hide a pot of gold. If you call a Mexican a "wetback" he doesn't immediately jump a fence and start picking strawberries yelling "CHINGA SU MADRE!" Why give a word power?
Most people when they say the word "midget" are not trying to be hateful. They just don't know what word to say. Dwarf and Little Person are the PC terms but I don't think those are the right words. When you say dwarf you think of Snow White and the dude who had an ax in Lord of the Rings. When you say Little Person, you think of a Mexican. (dude they are some short mofos) When you say midget, everyone knows exactly what you are talking about. I'm going to continue to say the word "midget" in my act. If dwarfs get mad at me and they march at my shows trying to get me banned. Awesome. I'll park a hot dog cart in front of them and block out 30 of the little guys. Actually I would invite them all in to watch my act for free. Because I feel my act sends a positive message about dwarfs. One word is not going to define my act and it will certainly not define me as a person. As a dwarf, I'm begging the FCC to not ban this word because I feel it will hurt more than it will help.