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I just don't know what to say. I think it's terrible.
is the preferred nomenclature, i believe
Midgets (not a verynice term, really) are short but have normal proprtions. Dwarvws have dwarvism and unusual proportions.
unusual proportions isn't necessraily a bad thing.
Trust me I've talked to Warick Davis about this. (Fact)
even the reader
You're thinking of pixies
Most of them are simply students just trying to pay their way through university.
No hang on, that's strippers.
wonder if the midgets enjoy it?
On the one hand, it seems to me it'd be massively demeaning to basically market yourself as a Victorian freakshow act to make a living.
On the other hand if the money was good and it freed up your time outside work and you only needed to do a few hours a week not have to work in an office, I can see the logic. Especially given that I imagine discrimination goes on in job interviews.
In a weird way I guess they're only making a living out of their appearance in the same way a stripper or a celebrity lookalike or whatever does. I'd feel uncomfortable hiring someone to do it but I'd feel uncomfortable hiring either of the latter two things I mentioned either.
It's a fair point that it probably makes it worse for someone who doesn't want to just be seen as a pantomime novelty.
and he was saying how he's forced to do that kind of stuff because the type of work he can do is so limited. i doubt there's many who are doing it totally by choice.
like, if you are a dwarf, there are obviously going to be limited work opportunities if you decide to go into acting. That's just obvious.
i.e. does said dwarf actor have the 'not be an actor' option?
i'd hope he does. I don't see any reason why the dwarf actor in question wouldn't be able to do most jobs. I imagine there is a certain amount of discrimination, but i really hope it's not to the extent that you wouldn't be able to get a traditional job.
Why can't a dwarf be cast as any standard member of the cast of a Shakespeare play? You couldn't possible not cast a non-white actor on any basis so there's no difference.
If you're a good actor you're a good actor and you'll carry the play.
i forgot that the acting industry bases all its decisions on acting ability and not on what people look like.
I'm just saying that there's a difference between saying the opportunities will be limited and simply accepting that's how things are, and so not having much sympathy.
Yeah of course it's going to be bloody hard to see such things change but my point is only that they COULD change and in fact they SHOULD. So, yeah, I have total sympathy with someone going into a career they love and being fucked over by prejudice.
Of course, if they're a shit actor then I can only sympathise with them being shit at something they'd like to do. I didn't become an artist for similar reasons.
I just think that in an industry that is so massively anchored on psychical attributes, that you know that it's going to be tremendously difficult to secure employment, that that is to be expected, and as such you can't really have a big moan about it.
I also think that it's not totally unreasonable foe people to not get roles because of what hey look like, its a visual medium, you'd have to be exceptionally good to transcend your physical characteristics.
i dunno - sorry for being snappy! :)
You certainly can have a big moan about it, as long as you're also prepared to say, "Yeah, I understand why it's that way too."
version of Hamelt or something? Give them something a bit more substantial than panto season fare.
Although would that be seen as a comedy version automaticlly?
But if the play took it seriously and he was good enough I'd imagine by Act II no one would really even care who the actor playing Hamlet was.
in which all the men were played by midgets/dwarves/little people and the women were all really tall women. All the sets were sized for the men, and the women looked really over-sized, as the whole play is really about women trying to fit into a world that's built for men.
Worked really well, didn't feel like a gimmick
to be appreciated by artsy types to say that you haven't seen shakespeare until you've seen all-dwarf shakespeare. maybe it'll start a craze.
Your husband sounds like a great, great man
unless i have a dwarf handcuffed to me
I think not.....
the more I think is this the worst it gets.
Obv if it was a sitcom then there is a good source of funny situations (in fact someone tweet this thread to Ricky Gervais for the next series of Life is Short) but the fact this is real life with a real person just makes it kinda horrific.
Apparently the Midget / Dwarf ended up totally wasted and had a great time.
I've got to organise my brother's stag do next year. I'm looking forward to it but reasonably hopeful that he actually wants a few fun activities, a nice meal and a few nice drinks somewhere in the UK and a good laugh rather than anything that humiliates him or anyone around him.
every single one i've been invited on without suffering any consequence to the friendship