|Not Dead Yet Protesters|
It was a rather frustrating day of media, because only one outlet showed up to cover the protest. That was WBBM Radio. Here is a story from WBBM about the event. I spent my day emailing the media and calling them, and asking others to call the media, encouraging them to cover the event. The lack of turn out was even more frustrating considering I could see the NBC Tower from where I stood on the street, and I knew the Tribune building was just on the other side of the NBC Tower.
When LPA protested against the scene
in the Wolf of Wall Street, we were
sometimes met with the argument,
"The characters in the movie are deplorable,
no one would imitate them." They were wrong.
Social Media immediately caught fire. All kinds of people posted on Facebook, chiming in with ideas of what to do, expressing their disgust that such an event would happen, and urging people to contact the Colosseum. Indeed, many people did start calling and emailing the Colosseum. Typically, we don't hear back from places that host events that degrade and threaten the humanity of people with dwarfism. But on September 18, someone from the Colosseum (one of the co-owners) actually started to call people back. Also, unlike many other places that host disgusting dwarf events, the Colosseum person soon realized that his company had made a mistake. Within a few hours, he took down any promotional materials that used the m-word, and then changed the event, opening it up to anyone who volunteered to be tossed, not just little people. He called me a couple of times. I told him to cancel the event completely. That was the best thing to do. He said he tried, but it couldn't be done. There were too many contracts and at least one of the little people at the Colosseum wanted to proceed. (The event was originally going to include throwing the little people against a velcro wall. Whatever ended up happening at the Colosseum, I don't think it included a velcro wall. I heard that a resourceful advocate tracked down the velcro supplier and convinced it not to make the delivery. That same resourceful advocate gave birth that night.)
Though the event happened, many in the dwarfism community feel the response was a success. The Colosseum changed the event, issued an apology a few days later, and has offered to partner with the community to raise positive awareness about dwarfism. Though I was disappointed the event wasn't cancelled and am disgusted that the Wolf of Wall Street has imitators, I think, one week later, I agree. The day was a victory for the dwarfism community.