|Peter Dinklage at the 2012 Golden Globes|
|Andrew Demetriou of the AFL|
On the plus side, some of the media coverage of the more recent event has been positive. In a column for a media outlet called The Telegraph, out of Sydney, Australia, a reporter named Claire Harvey wrote,
"The media - and I'm not excluding publications in our own stable - made it worse by repeatedly referring to Jones' victim as ''a dwarf' in copy and broadcasts. Headlines made 'Seven Dwarves' allusions . . . Actually, Gareth Johnston is a man. The fact he has dwarfism is irrelevant.
He is the victim of an appalling crime perpetrated because of his physical appearance."
I don't know anything about Claire Harvey, but I am glad the reporter made the claim that Mr. Big (Gareth Johnston) was singled out because of his physical appearance. Harvey's claim about physical appearance gives validation to what most people of short stature know. Nearly all people with dwarfism can attest that we sometimes treated differently because of our physical stature. What happened to Henderson and what happened to Johnston point out that we may also be vulnerable to physical harm simply because of our dwarfism.
The question is, what can be done? Unfortunately, there will always be people who view dwarfs as nothing more than entertainment, and some of them are willing to shell out money to pay for dwarf entertainment. And, there will always be people of short stature who will play the part of dwarf entertainment.
|Michelle Minnikin and her family|