‘Douche du Jour’: GOP Florida State Rep. Ritch Workman Wants to Repeal ‘Dwarf Tossing’ Ban
A Republican state lawmaker in Florida hopes to repeal a 21-year-old ban on ‘dwarf-tossing.’
According to The Raw Story, Rep. Ritch Workman has introduced HB 4063, a piece of legislation that, if passed, would repeal measures enacted in 1989 barring the “exploitation of persons with dwarfism.” Specifically, HB 4063 would permit bars to hire people with dwarfism, wrap them in protective gear and throw them around for laughs.
Rep. Workman says the dwarf-tossing ban has cost dwarfs jobs. “I’m on a quest to seek and destroy unnecessary burdens on the freedom and liberties of people,” the Republican told the Palm Beach Post. “All that it does is prevent some dwarfs from getting jobs they would be happy to get,” he said. “In this economy, or any economy, why would we want to prevent people from getting gainful employment?”
Workman’s proposal has alarmed leading little people. Dwarf-tossing traditionally exploited dwarfs suffering from alcoholism and low self esteem. Plus, “the possibility of getting paralyzed is high,” David Dodge of Little People of America told The Raw Story. “And then to be used as an object for people’s amusement is very degrading.”
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