Fla. Lawmaker: Repeal 'Dwarf-Tossing' Ban

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BY RICHARD LAYCOCK ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY You're watching multisource US video news analysis from Newsy. ...
BY RICHARD LAYCOCK ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY You're watching multisource US video news analysis from Newsy. Darts not doing it for you? Not any good at snooker? Well -- Florida lawmaker Ritch Workman -- may have the solution -- Dwarf tossing. For those of you not familiar with the pseudo-sport a blogger for the Miami New Times explains. “[Dwarf] tossing, originally made popular in Australia, involves little people suiting up in Velcro-clad suits, usually at bars. Then patrons compete to see who can through the person farthest up a Velcro surface.” The practice was banned in 1989 in Florida amid claims of it being dangerous and dehumanizing. So why bring it back? Florida Today quotes Workman as saying... “I find the act of tossing little people for entertainment ridiculous and ludicrous. My problem with the law I want to repeal is that it shouldn’t be a law. This was their employment. We found it distasteful and made it against the law. That’s not what the state is supposed to do.” And the proposal become the butt of late-night jokes- with Jimmy Kimmel poking fun at the notion that dwarfs would be excited at the new job opportunities. “All the ban does is prevent dwarfs from getting jobs they are happy to get. That’s a job they’d be happy to get? Even ‘Happy’ from the Seven Dwarfs would not be happy to get that job.” While this may seem like a strange stance for someone to take, Workman is not the first. A blogger for Broward Palm Beach says... “In 2001, a 3-foot-2 radio host known as ‘Dave the Dwarf’ filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn Florida's ban on the ‘activity’, saying he wanted the same opportunity for employment as everyone else. Dave likened dwarf tossing to basketball, in which height is an asset in the profession.” But the organization Little People of America has continued its stance of disdain for the activity. Gawker has some comments from the former Little People of America president. “The people who were thrown [before the ban] were alcoholics with low self-esteem … Many of them were injured. One committed suicide. … [Dwarf tossing is] something that brings out the worst element in some people, and it's focused on people who are the most vulnerable.” Transcript by Newsy.