Skip to comments.'Midget Cup' slammed by critics
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 couldnt 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.
midget exploitation ping...
This could be hugh.
It a race with midgets. nuff said!
when I was in college, my roommate had one for a pet.
What? That would be discriminatory?? Oh, Gee.
Think of the shoe endorsement possibilities!
Oh, come on, we have matters of national significance that dwarf this problem.
Short Statured People of Australia association.....
Shortened to midget?.....
Yep...a new low in racing. :)
....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.
"...because little people never hurt anybody..."
Ralph Kearney, President, Local 241, Little People's Performers Union.
Whoever doesn’t find that funny has a heart made of ice.
Have midgets riding the cows and you’d be on to something.
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.
I think that all midget jockeys SHOULD wear a cup in their jockeys.
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.
Paging Tom Dasshole
“Just me & my pygmy pony
Over by the dental floss bush?”
I thing I’m gonna toss my uh, tacos....