SNL made an offensive midget remark on their last episode. I am working in coop with Little People of America with this response.
HERE IS THE SNL LINK. THE REFERENCE IS AT THE 3:55 MARK
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
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.
Little People of America