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'Midget Cup' slammed by critics
9News ^ | 10/13/2009 | ninemsn staff

Posted on 10/13/2009 10:52:10 AM PDT by BJClinton

A piggy-back race with dwarfs dressed as jockeys has been slammed by critics as offensive and derogatory.

Thousands watched the race at a Cranbourne racetrack in Victoria, dubbed the "midgets' cup", as part of Sunday's Cranbourne Cup meeting, Adelaide Now reports.

What do you think of the race — was it harmless fun or just plain ridicule? Share your thoughts below.

Three men raced down a 50m stretch with a short statured person on each of their backs.

The race ended with one "jockey" falling and crashing headfirst into the dirt but he was uninjured.

Victorian racing minister Rob Hulls said he couldn’t understand the point of the race.

"At a time when racing should be fighting hard for that discretionary dollar and fighting hard to get young people back to the track, this type of event does nothing to promote the industry as vital, modern or innovative," he was quoted by Adelaide Now as saying.

Meredith Tripp, a former president of the Short Statured People of Australia association, told the newspaper that events that made fun of short statured people made it harder for them to go through life without being subject to ridicule.

"For a big corporate group seeing some sort of comical side to such an event is unfortunate," she said.

Cranbourne Racing Club said it received no complaints about the race on the day.


TOPICS: Cheese, Moose, Sister; Sports
KEYWORDS: daschle; kucinich; midget; napl
Seems rather short sighted.
1 posted on 10/13/2009 10:52:11 AM PDT by BJClinton
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To: BJClinton; Slings and Arrows

shameless ping


2 posted on 10/13/2009 10:53:32 AM PDT by BJClinton (Any "healthcare reform" without tort reform is a fraud.)
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To: BJClinton

3 posted on 10/13/2009 10:55:25 AM PDT by Pistolshot (Brevity: Saying a lot, while saying very little.)
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To: BJClinton

midget exploitation ping...


4 posted on 10/13/2009 10:55:29 AM PDT by NMEwithin
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To: BJClinton

This could be hugh.


5 posted on 10/13/2009 10:56:28 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: BJClinton
Victorian racing minister Rob Hulls said he couldn’t understand the point of the race.

It a race with midgets. nuff said!

6 posted on 10/13/2009 10:56:55 AM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: BJClinton

when I was in college, my roommate had one for a pet.


7 posted on 10/13/2009 10:57:21 AM PDT by MNDude (The Republican Congress Economy--1995-2007)
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To: BJClinton
Midget Cup?
 
No, sorry. Not into that.
 
This. This is my sport....
 


8 posted on 10/13/2009 10:57:43 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I am Legend)
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To: BJClinton
They should pass a law declaring that short people are not allowed to participate in races, sports or other outdoor activity.

What? That would be discriminatory?? Oh, Gee.

9 posted on 10/13/2009 10:58:30 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Play the Race Card -- lose the game.)
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10 posted on 10/13/2009 10:58:38 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: BJClinton

Think of the shoe endorsement possibilities!

11 posted on 10/13/2009 10:59:16 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Responsibility2nd

AAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!ROTFLMAOH!!!


12 posted on 10/13/2009 10:59:28 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (And the people cry "Sarah!Sarah!" And she hears....yes,she hears......)
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To: BJClinton

Oh, come on, we have matters of national significance that dwarf this problem.


13 posted on 10/13/2009 11:00:22 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (This tagline excerpted. To read more, click on MyOverratedBlog.com)
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To: BJClinton

Short Statured People of Australia association.....

Shortened to midget?.....


14 posted on 10/13/2009 11:00:45 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: BJClinton

Yep...a new low in racing. :)


15 posted on 10/13/2009 11:01:03 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (And the people cry "Sarah!Sarah!" And she hears....yes,she hears......)
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To: BJClinton; naturalman1975
Have The cow races at Mt. Compass lost their allure?


16 posted on 10/13/2009 11:02:14 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Brett66
he couldn’t understand the point of the race.

Winning?
17 posted on 10/13/2009 11:02:33 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (And the people cry "Sarah!Sarah!" And she hears....yes,she hears......)
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To: BJClinton
Three men raced down a 50m stretch with a short statured person on each of their backs....

....Meredith Tripp, a former president of the Short Statured People of Australia association, told the newspaper that events that made fun of short statured people made it harder for them to go through life without being subject to ridicule.

The humor behind the concept must have gone right over their heads.

Related threads:
Dwarf church serves under-privileged
Outreach to Midgets Comes Up Short


"...because little people never hurt anybody..."
Ralph Kearney, President, Local 241, Little People's Performers Union.

18 posted on 10/13/2009 11:09:32 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (...We never faced anything like this...we only fought humans.)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

Whoever doesn’t find that funny has a heart made of ice.


19 posted on 10/13/2009 11:23:59 AM PDT by BJClinton (Any "healthcare reform" without tort reform is a fraud.)
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To: Liberty Valance

Have midgets riding the cows and you’d be on to something.


20 posted on 10/13/2009 11:28:30 AM PDT by BJClinton (Any "healthcare reform" without tort reform is a fraud.)
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To: BJClinton
I don't get it. Is it just POM’s and their offshoots that have a thing for dwarfs. Other than Hienlien’s warning about making fun of short people, ‘they will kill you’, I'm entirely clueless what the interest is.
21 posted on 10/13/2009 11:29:41 AM PDT by Habibi
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

Awesome clip. Amazing how that guy skidded across the floor on his face for so long. I guess he was OK with it. Would have been easy to roll out of it or push away from the floor.


22 posted on 10/13/2009 11:41:10 AM PDT by Upstate NY Guy
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To: humblegunner

Midget ping


23 posted on 10/13/2009 1:41:50 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: BJClinton; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
shameless ping

Ping hussy!


24 posted on 10/13/2009 2:01:41 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("When France chides you for appeasement, you know you're scraping bottom." --Charles Krauthammer)
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To: BJClinton; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

I think that all midget jockeys SHOULD wear a cup in their jockeys.


25 posted on 10/13/2009 2:11:45 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: BJClinton
Short people revolt, topple the tallees

In a horrific event seen only by those who were looking, the short people revolted. All across the country the shorter members of society bum-rushed those who couldn't see them.
"It was terrible, the door burst open, and no-one saw who came in! The next thing I know, about a dozen people are jumping up and down on me!" said one witness who declined to give his name, stating he didn't know 'who might be listening'. A few victims of the revolt complained about hearing "paxil" mentioned during the melee.

The makers of Paxil have declined to comment.
New recruitment add comes out after Revolt.

In an odd twist to the tale of the revolt earlier today, the military sent out a new recruitment video showing a group of tall men being taken down by seemingly crazed, short, and heavily armed people in uniform. Being heavily edited, we cannot show it at this time.

A man who viewed the video commented on it's apparently unscripted nature.
"Those guys looked like they had no idea what happened!" he said between laughs and gasps for air. He went on to describe the look on one of the men's faces in the video.
"He had this look like, 'Oh my gosh, this is awful. Where did all these AAAAAAAAaah!' Then they dropped him flat and kicked the *Expletive* out of him."
The end of the video had a line about the armed forces and "Be invisible, be feared."

The Pentagon is not commenting.

26 posted on 10/13/2009 2:13:21 PM PDT by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: NMEwithin
midget exploitation ping...

Paging Tom Dasshole

27 posted on 10/13/2009 2:14:29 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: BJClinton

“Just me & my pygmy pony
Over by the dental floss bush?”


28 posted on 10/13/2009 2:17:19 PM PDT by P.O.E.
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To: gimme1ibertee

I thing I’m gonna toss my uh, tacos....


29 posted on 10/13/2009 2:24:44 PM PDT by thulldud (It HAS happened here!)
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