Offensive comment on SNL

Offensive comment on SNL.

SNL made an offensive midget remark on their last episode. I am working in coop with Little People of America with this response.



To the attention of Lorne Michaels and Bill Hader:

I am writing to object to your use of the word “midget” during weekend update last week. The word “midget” is considered offensive by Little People of America. The “M-word” should be considered as unacceptable as the “N-word.” Would you use the N word to describe black people, the S word for Hispanic people, the C or J words for Chinease or Japanese people, no.

What is most upsetting for me is that I am a lifelong viewer of SNL. It was the first show I was allowed to stay up past my bedtime for and then I learned how to program a VCR just to watch it on Sunday mornings.

When I had painful leg surgeries when I was eight, (very common for
little people) staying up late to watch SNL was a treat to get me through that
tough time. As I got older and it was harder for me to be included in high
school activities, again SNL was there for me. I have also supported SNL as the
program experienced a lot of up and down years. With the presidential election
this year, I was so looking forward to this season as it always comes up with
great material.

However, unless we receive an apology or retraction, I do not think I, other little people and the disabled can in good faith support your show any more.

You may be aware, Little People of America filed a complaint with the FCC in 2009 regarding this offensive word being used in an episode of “The Apprentice.” I really can't believe that no one knows how derogatory that word is, but I hope that by reading this post, it will become clear.

I look forward to a response from you, someone from the show, or the network.

Bob Levine

Lifetime Member

Little People of America

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JJ October 23, 2012 at 10:21 AM
SNL stopped being funny years ago. They have some good bands on the show but most of the skits stink. Good letter.
What A Joke October 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Really? Did it hurt your feelings. Ahhhh. What happened to this country? With what faces us, this is an issue? Are you kidding me? Should we ban the Wizard of Oz, such abuse. This is height of ridiculous. This P.C. jazz is truly out of hand.
Billy Barty October 23, 2012 at 10:52 AM
It's Saturday Night Live, it's a joke. Grow a sense of humor.
Billy Barty October 23, 2012 at 10:55 AM
The M word should be considered as offensive as the N word? Are you high? You're comparing enslavement to what? You're letter is pure comedy, it should be part of the show, they could use it.
eatingdogfood October 23, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Smitty Chesterfield October 23, 2012 at 11:09 AM
And did you complain to Warwick Davis for starring in Life's Too Short? That had jokes that may have hurt your feelings.
Mickey October 23, 2012 at 11:19 AM
The Little People are missing a great opportunity here. Instead of jumping on the ridiculous P.C. bandwagon, why not draw a line in the sand. You know what kind of good will a position like this would afford all you kids. "We the Little People of the world are bigger than this foolishness. People have become much too focused on the trite. We're grown men and women, not little boys and girls. We will no longer stoop to this level, we're bigger than this." Stick and stones baby, sticks and stones.
wanda October 23, 2012 at 11:19 AM
I guess they are going to stop midget car racing now. No one forces you to watch snl.don't like it ,turn it off ! The J word ?
Mickey October 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM
What's the big deal, it's a word. What makes it so awful? The answer is, nothing.
Baba Booey October 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Doesn't seem to be an issue for Eric the Midget or Bridget the Midget, both carved out a nice little niche on the Howard Stern show. Walk it off little man. You've got bigger fish to fry.
Spruce Bringsteen October 23, 2012 at 11:42 AM
I've heard of towns having Midget League football teams. Does sound kind of strange, though. James Madison and Stephen Douglas were both small yet both were great statesmen. Madison wouldn't have minded if you called him a midget but Douglas probably would have caned you. He was like that. Mary Pickford was tiny but obviously had enough of the good stuff for Douglas Fairbanks.
laurie October 23, 2012 at 01:56 PM
After 25 years, LPA has all of a suddent decided to attempt to ban Americans from ever saying the M word. Watch out America, LPA is really trying to do this via their attempts in making the month of October Dwarfism Awareness month. The public is NO aware of this, however, but when the founder Billy Barty created this organization for people of short stature, he, himself called it Midgets of America, which later evolved to Little People of America. LPA turned their backs on Billy Barty and now America will and should turn their backs on Little People of America; however, not Little People or people of short stature, so to speak. Yes, we should treat everyone with respect. However, I also do not think that people of short stature want to be called "Little People." Can you imagine? LPA has spent so much time telling America we shouldn't call them Midgets and in the next decade they will be telling us we shouldn't be calling them LITTLE people, just people. And, right they are -- people of short stature are just people, some have more mobility than others; just like in the average size community. Let's really talk about why the M word has become so offensive recently to the "little people' community. It's because the new average size parents who have taken over this organization have their own internal feelings about the M word, and they realize when they were younger before they had their dwar child , how hey felt when they saw a little person or dwarf. Guilty?
joy October 23, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Spruce Bringsteen October 23, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Anyone who turns their back on Billy Barty ain't no friend of mine. I think Springsteen said that. Hervé Villechaize was a great actor, regardless of his height. Fantasy Island wouldn't have been the same without him. Ricardo alone could never carry that show. Who amongst us wasn't terrified when they went back in time to stalk Jack the Ripper? I couldn't sleep for weeks. RIP Herve. You were the greatest French export since cheese.
Scott Croft October 23, 2012 at 02:19 PM
You don't have to agree with Bob. You may even think his protest is baseless. Frankly, I'm somewhere in the middle. What I don't understand is what ever happened to giving a person some respect, regardless of what their positions are? Would you like someone to make fun of the way you look? Tasteless. In case you are confused: "It's none of your business what anyone thinks of you. Employ it in that little life, it works wonders." "You can't be as small as your letter makes you look." "Walk it off little man."
Melissa Soll October 23, 2012 at 03:04 PM
With both macroaggressions and microaggressions, the targeted individuals make the call about whether something is offensive and oppressive. Period.
Moses October 23, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Scott, going through life worrying about what others think of you is a waste of time "It's none of your business what other people think of you," is sound advice. "You can't be as small as your letter makes you look." Translation, you're bigger than this. He's being given the benefit of the doubt. I agree wholeheartedly with Laurie and the comment that the LPA should announce that their not going to go any further with this PC craziness. I urge Mr. Levine to really think this through. Why continue to draw such attention to this crap. It seems to me little people themselves have given the word midget all this power, and because they've created it into such a big deal they are in fact promoting it's continued use. This has NOTHING to do with the N word, there is no comparison. Letters and focus like this do nothing and sadly provides some warped faux self esteem and indentity for the community of those smaller than most. I know a dwarf he's a great guy and he doesn't care about any of this, his esteem comes from within.
Bob Zahm October 23, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Did Bob Levine post the SNL link because he wanted to support his point or because he wanted to route more people to the website? I'm not sure because if you listent to the entire segment (pretty funny, although crude, actually), a correction is made of the use of the word midget.
Krista Madsen (Editor) October 23, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Closing this down folks, I think all the points have been made, thank you!
1866Umidget June 09, 2013 at 06:01 PM
somebody's shorts are in too tight of a bunch to be a "little people" complaining about the midget word.


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