Skip to comments.Pickle Company to Distraught Mom: Yes, We’ll Change Our Name (Midget is Derogatory)
Posted on 03/03/2013 12:04:56 AM PST by nickcarraway
Cains Pickles removes a derogatory term from its labels after a mothers 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 Achondroplasiaand 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 productand 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 picklesand 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 arisenew 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."
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!?!
Mental Midget, short on self confidence and the hieght of stoopitity...
Kosher Dill Dwarfs?
Kosher Dill Little People?
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.
What a retard.
That’s small minded of her. I hope at her next picnic she’s short on pickles. (We’re off!).
Geez, intellectually challenged is the preferred nomenclature.
What a sour puss.
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 guess you can’t call your product “giants” either?
Short people got no reason to live.
Repeat after me:
I am we tall did.
“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.”
It isn’t a derogatory word any more than dwarf is.It is just descriptive.
Next she will attack the word Little.
Cains introduces new “Halal Tart Dwarf” pickles.
They got little baby legs
That stand so low
You got to pick em up
Just to say hello.
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.
“This was my first step in educating just one company.”
Why, how big of you.
> 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
I’m fine with not using the word midget but why is it more derogatory than dwarf?
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).
Every other word in the dictionary offends someone these days.
Any bets on she voted for hussein?
I like your analysis.
Couldn’t have said it better. :)
Vertically Challenged Kosher Dills.
Now if we could only find out who was the world's tallest midget....
This country has descended too far into howling lunacy to ever return.
The kid isn’t really a midget anyway, she’s a dwarf.
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...
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.
Waiting for the lawsuit from the Association of Underendowed Males.
How about Size-Challenged Kosher Dills?
Actually the generic term for the kid is freak
Shouldn’t we get rid of the words “short” and “little” too?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
I shouldn't laugh, you said the K word. Baby goats are horrified by your insensitivity ... and mine! baaa baaa LOLOL
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