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Pickle Company to Distraught Mom: Yes, We’ll Change Our Name (Midget is Derogatory)
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Posted on 03/03/2013 12:04:56 AM PST by nickcarraway

Cains Pickles removes a derogatory term from its labels after a mother’s protests. An average day at the grocery store for Rhode Island mom, Michelle Martinka, turned into a moment of activism when she noticed that Cains Pickles, a popular New England brand, produced a line called “Kosher Dill Midgets.”

Martinka is the mother of ten-month-old Adelaide, a little girl with a form of dwarfism known as Achondroplasia—and “midget” is a derogatory way of referencing those born with the condition.

In response, Martinka waged a peaceful protest, which included the above YouTube video, urging the company to change the name of its product—and so it did, gracefully, without objection or fanfare.

Gedney Foods, the makers of Cains Pickles, explained to the Star Tribune, “The company is not seeking any attention related to this matter and believes that any publicity should be more appropriately placed on the children and families dealing with Achondroplasia.”

In her email to TakePart, Martinka explains, "Although many people do not know, the m-word is derogatory, not just some innocuous word meaning small, as it was 50 years ago." She says, "I am fully aware that these pickles are just pickles—and my daughter is a human. This was my first step in educating just one company. Years ago I may not have had the drive for such an undertaking, but change happens when situations arise—new circumstances, such as having a child diagnosed with dwarfism."

When asked what she hopes her daughter will someday learn from this, Martinka says, "I hope Addie takes away the knowledge that she can bring change. I hope she learns my motto to not be reactive, but [to be] proactive and educate."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food
KEYWORDS: amidgetisamidget; midget
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1 posted on 03/03/2013 12:05:07 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
In her email to TakePart, Martinka explains, "Although many people do not know, the m-word is derogatory, not just some innocuous word meaning small, as it was 50 years ago."

I don't suppose the reason no one knows it's derogatory and it wasn't derogatory at all 50 years ago is because it isn't derogatory and you're just a neurotic, Martinka!?!

2 posted on 03/03/2013 12:11:13 AM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: nickcarraway

Uhmmmm......

Mental Midget, short on self confidence and the hieght of stoopitity...


3 posted on 03/03/2013 12:14:37 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: nickcarraway

Kosher Dill Dwarfs?


4 posted on 03/03/2013 12:18:16 AM PST by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: razorback-bert

Kosher Dill Little People?


5 posted on 03/03/2013 12:20:39 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: nickcarraway

They bowed down to her and agreed to rename them “Cains Teeny Weenie Pickles”

A local gay group immediately filed suit..

Cains responded WTF and immediately stopped operations, costing 200 Thousand Jobs, and stated 200 thousand isn’t all that many when you figure a Congressman said 170 Million jobs would be lost due to the Equestrian Cuts.

The CEO was wondering what Horses had to do with pickles and Government Cuts.


6 posted on 03/03/2013 12:21:09 AM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: nickcarraway

What a retard.


7 posted on 03/03/2013 12:22:22 AM PST by 9422WMR
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To: 9422WMR

That’s small minded of her. I hope at her next picnic she’s short on pickles. (We’re off!).


8 posted on 03/03/2013 12:29:02 AM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: 9422WMR

Geez, intellectually challenged is the preferred nomenclature.


9 posted on 03/03/2013 12:54:17 AM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: nickcarraway

What a sour puss.


10 posted on 03/03/2013 1:16:29 AM PST by Autonomous User (The Obama Doctrine: Blame America First.)
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To: nickcarraway
I hope they change it to shriveled dwarf pickles!
11 posted on 03/03/2013 1:25:53 AM PST by dalereed
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12 posted on 03/03/2013 1:30:57 AM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: nickcarraway
Tootsie Roll to Cains Pickles: Don't even think about changing the "T" to a second "E" or we'll sue.


13 posted on 03/03/2013 1:46:44 AM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: nickcarraway

I am deeply offended and hurt by the above product. As one who is melanin challenged, this attack on people of the white race is outrageous. It's nothing short of a call for genocide I tell you!

I want 72.9 zillion dollar for my suffering!


14 posted on 03/03/2013 2:12:25 AM PST by re_nortex
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To: nickcarraway
I have said it before, and I'll probably say it again (given a hint of opportunity)

Never drink with angry midgets - nothing good will come of it !
15 posted on 03/03/2013 2:49:21 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: nickcarraway

I guess you can’t call your product “giants” either?


16 posted on 03/03/2013 3:42:30 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: nickcarraway

Short people got no reason to live.


17 posted on 03/03/2013 3:54:16 AM PST by Palio di Siena
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To: 9422WMR

Repeat after me:

I am we tall did.


18 posted on 03/03/2013 3:58:53 AM PST by petercooper
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To: nickcarraway

“I hope Addie takes away the knowledge that she can bring change. I hope she learns my motto to not be reactive, but [to be] proactive and educate.”


All she changed is the name on the pickle jar, The little girl will still be considered a midget by 90% of people.

It isn’t a derogatory word any more than dwarf is.It is just descriptive.

Next she will attack the word Little.


19 posted on 03/03/2013 4:00:10 AM PST by Venturer
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To: nickcarraway

Cains introduces new “Halal Tart Dwarf” pickles.


20 posted on 03/03/2013 4:00:19 AM PST by jimfree (In November 2016 my 12 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: nickcarraway

They got little baby legs
That stand so low
You got to pick em up
Just to say hello.

Randy Newman


21 posted on 03/03/2013 4:05:11 AM PST by Palio di Siena
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To: nickcarraway

What an incredible bunch of idiots (and I use the term not caring in the least whether it is considered politically incorrect these days). How and when did the word “midget” enter the ever-growing and possibly infinite category of words that someone, somewhere, might possibly find insulting?

The mother, as well as the “journalist” who wrote the story, should know that achondroplastic dwarves are not midgets, anyway. They are dwarves. There is a difference.

Finally, if I lived where Cains Pickles are sold, I would be getting in touch with the company to explain that I would no longer purchase their product because of their spineless accommodation of this stupid woman. The cost of relabeling the pickles and of promoting the new name will no doubt be passed along to consumers, and I would rather not help pay.


22 posted on 03/03/2013 4:30:09 AM PST by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: nickcarraway

“This was my first step in educating just one company.”
Why, how big of you.


23 posted on 03/03/2013 4:55:20 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: nickcarraway
Odd Couple midget photo shoot

I immediately thought of this scene when I read the headline.
24 posted on 03/03/2013 5:00:22 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("C'est la vie" say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell. -- Chuck Berry)
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To: nickcarraway
shoulda told the cow, Sure we'll change the name... soon as YOU pay for all the associated legal and advertizing changes!!! then see how bad she wants it changed
25 posted on 03/03/2013 5:02:38 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: re_nortex

> I am deeply offended and hurt by the above product. As one who is melanin challenged, this attack on people of the white race is outrageous. It’s nothing short of a call for genocide I tell you!

I want 72.9 zillion dollar for my suffering!

I bet that stuff is manufactured at plants in New Orleans and Detroit. File a complaint with the AG’s office while you’re at it but I bet you don’t hear back...lol


26 posted on 03/03/2013 5:06:00 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: nickcarraway

I’m fine with not using the word midget but why is it more derogatory than dwarf?


27 posted on 03/03/2013 5:12:06 AM PST by Mercat (Never laugh at live dragons)
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To: TigersEye

Exactly. She admits it’s not meant to be derogatory, and that she - not the company - is weird.

Offensive - in the world according to progressive liberals, there is no objective right or wrong. Except, some things are “offensive”. Whatever is offensive is wrong. It’s ALL prejudice.

Democracy, to the progs, isn’t about making government accountable to the people. It’s about determining whose prejudices will rule.

While many people don’t see this clearly, as a consequence of there is no objective right and wrong, there would be nothing wrong with euthanizing those deemed unfit, those who are unproductive, or simply those whom the majority finds to be offensive.

Thus, this mother senses that if “less than average size people” (the preferred euphemism) are labelled as genetically abnormal (which, objectively, they are), they are at risk of being denied a license to reproduce or perhaps even being euthanized (preferably while within the womb, but if necessary even upon being born).


28 posted on 03/03/2013 5:19:18 AM PST by Redmen4ever
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To: re_nortex
Who are Nabisco calling "crackers?" I'm deeply offended. Notice how white those "crackers" are. Not one cracker of color. This is terribly racist. We need to organize demonstrations until Nabisco apologizes and pays reparations.


29 posted on 03/03/2013 5:27:28 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: razorback-bert
Kosher dill short little f@%kers.

CC

30 posted on 03/03/2013 6:01:34 AM PST by Celtic Conservative
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To: Travis McGee
This might be a problem...



Glad I sold mine.
31 posted on 03/03/2013 6:06:05 AM PST by runfree
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To: HartleyMBaldwin

Every other word in the dictionary offends someone these days.

Any bets on she voted for hussein?


32 posted on 03/03/2013 6:48:25 AM PST by bgill
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To: xrmusn

I like your analysis.
Couldn’t have said it better. :)


33 posted on 03/03/2013 6:52:57 AM PST by Dartman (Mubarak and Gaddafi are going to look like choirboys when this is over)
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To: nickcarraway

Vertically Challenged Kosher Dills.


34 posted on 03/03/2013 7:02:48 AM PST by 4yearlurker (I hate February.)
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Now if we could only find out who was the world's tallest midget....

35 posted on 03/03/2013 7:09:51 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: nickcarraway

This country has descended too far into howling lunacy to ever return.


36 posted on 03/03/2013 7:39:56 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: nickcarraway

The kid isn’t really a midget anyway, she’s a dwarf.


37 posted on 03/03/2013 8:01:05 AM PST by tiki
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To: nickcarraway
1,013,913 words in the English language give or take depending on the source.

http://www.languagemonitor.com/new-words/number-of-words-in-the-english-language-1008879/

So midget,retarded,N-word, etc. are "banned". Plenty more to go before we are totally silenced or invent new words.How about micro-pickles or sub-micron people?

Or how about we ignore the speech Nazis and carry on...

38 posted on 03/03/2013 8:01:28 AM PST by Calamari (Pass enough laws and everyone is guilty of something.)
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To: TigersEye

The M word???? Are you kidding? How about the G word? As in I give up.

Things like this would have been a comedy routine a few years back.


39 posted on 03/03/2013 8:12:59 AM PST by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: xrmusn
agreed to rename them “Cains Teeny Weenie Pickles”

Waiting for the lawsuit from the Association of Underendowed Males.

40 posted on 03/03/2013 8:19:55 AM PST by jim macomber ("Bargained for Exchange" "Art & Part" "A Grave Breach" "Sovereign Order " - www.jamesmacomber.com)
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To: nickcarraway

How about Size-Challenged Kosher Dills?


41 posted on 03/03/2013 8:25:01 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

Actually the generic term for the kid is freak


42 posted on 03/03/2013 8:27:22 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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Shouldn’t we get rid of the words “short” and “little” too?


43 posted on 03/03/2013 8:36:52 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: nickcarraway

It may be derogatory when applied to people but that doesn’t make it derogatory when applied to pickles or race cars or other small objects.

I am so tired of these groups of what I call “The professionally offended”.

If we extend out these crybaby’s logic then we would have to rename chickens because if I called someone a chicken it would be offensive. We would have to rename clowns because I can call someone a clown and be offensive. I can think of more examples but I think I have made the point.

So where does it end?

So am I supposed to now look for “Dwarf Pickles” next time I go to the grocery store?

And shouldn’t male dwarfs (or little people or whatever the hell is the accepted term today) be offended by the term “Dwarf Pickle”? Just wondering.


44 posted on 03/03/2013 8:37:50 AM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Nik Naym

This pin-headed woman with the small kid is a mental midget. Doesn’t she have anything better to do with her time than to harass businesses? I bet she sits around all day being offended. Well...I am offended that people like her exist. Maybe all words offend her and we should all just use various grunt inflections to communicate? She needs a check-up-from-the-neck-up and serious meds...and I’m not talking midget-sized pills.


45 posted on 03/03/2013 8:49:59 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: nickcarraway

Michelle Martinka

http://arunningjourney.wordpress.com/


46 posted on 03/03/2013 8:52:50 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Travis McGee

Well, I think I need to be offended by Harp beer, as I am of Irish descent.

My children are part Lithuanian, so I need to picket any store that sells flat-head screws.


47 posted on 03/03/2013 9:17:04 AM PST by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Thoughts from my weird brain:
Was shortening use instead of KY at the conception of this child?
Do we have to call Shortcake something else now?
Weird G.


48 posted on 03/03/2013 9:22:37 AM PST by GOYAKLA (Waiting for the Golden Screw to be removed from Obama's navel and his a$$ falls off!)
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To: Redmen4ever

IOWs she senses the threat her own liberal philosophy is to her own son. Yep. I doubt she sees it consciously though. For her it’s all grasping to be somebody in the pecking order of Victimhood status.


49 posted on 03/03/2013 12:16:20 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: leaning conservative
The M word???? Are you kidding? How about the G word? As in I give up.

ROTFLOL

I shouldn't laugh, you said the K word. Baby goats are horrified by your insensitivity ... and mine! baaa baaa LOLOL

50 posted on 03/03/2013 12:31:30 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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