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Florida Rep Ritch Workman Says It's Okay To Toss Little People If It Means More Jobs!

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Ritch Workman Florida Drawf Tossing

Well this isn't something you hear about every day!

Florida Rep. Ritch Workman is hell bent on creating more jobs for his people, even if that means banning a law against 'drawf-tossing!'

The republican has filed a bill to repeal a law banning the "launching little people for the amusement of an audience."

According to a 2001 statement by Little People of America, the act is defined as:

The person with dwarfism is equipped with a harness around his torso and is spun around and eventually thrown by another person onto mattresses placed on the ground. The person who throws the little person for the greatest distance wins the contest.

Workman says he isn't a fan of the act, but that banning it is unAmerican:

To me it’s an archaic kind of Big Brother law that says, 'We don’t like that activity.' Well, there is nothing immoral or illegal about that activity. All we really did by passing that law was take away some employment from some little people.

As for the humiliation factor, he says the little person making money might not be all that embarrassed, "the reality is what is good for one person may not be good for another.

So what do U think?? If a little person wants to make some cash by doing freestyle acrobatics, should they be able to? Or should the ban remain? But if so, will that support the idea of generalization?

[Image via AP Images.]

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10 comments to “Florida Rep Ritch Workman Says It's Okay To Toss Little People If It Means More Jobs!”

  1. 1

    Although I think that's a horrible activity, if people are willing to do it I don't see the problem as long as it's safe…

    But I don't get it, where the hell do they do this? Is it like some carnival game or is it some type of organized sporting event?

  2. yeez says – reply to this


    I doubt little people who willingly agree to do this for money would be offended. They aren't being eaten by lions or anything. Lots of exploitative jobs exist. As a woman, I feel that the porn industry exploits and objectifies women, but the women who choose to be involved are consenting adults and the fact that I would never take such a job doesn't mean that they shouldn't be able to work and earn money It also doesn't mean that I look down on them for doing so or feel that they are a negative reflection of me. On a side note, what the fuck is "drawf-tossing," you illiterate.

  3. 3

    Re: yeez – I totally agree. While I think it's crazy, I also believe that if a little person willingly takes that job then they are probably not going to try to sue their employer for "humiliation".
    But I also have to admit I have never even heard of this so called "sport"! What the hell?!

  4. 4

    Re: lufflynessRe: yeez – I agree 100%. WTF is with the government thinking people cant make their own decisions. Basically telling little people they are not intelligent enough to decide on their own.

  5. 5

    I disagree that "dwarf-tossing" isn't immoral. Forget the whole, "people can make their own decisions" argument, and compare it to legalizing prostitution. Of course people can decide how to live their own lives and what to do with their own bodies–we all have free will. That doesn't mean that how we decide to live and act is always in our best interest or the "moral choice." Just because someone accepts a job that is demeaning doesn't mean they willingly accept it. Is our economy really to the point where we say, "Well, who cares if this is offensive, crude, or barbaric? A dollar's a dollar…"

    Furthermore, why do we have to create jobs for little people that only little people can do? They are perfectly able to attain any job someone of average height can do, so there is should be no discrimination against them, as that is also illegal. Therefore, we don't need to create specialty jobs for them. Or else we face the issue of creating specialty jobs for every category of human.

  6. 6

    THIS is their approach to job creation?

  7. 7

    By that logic, prostitution should be completely legal too… And quick frankly, I think it should be. However it should be regulated and taxed and the money put towards education, medication and nutrition for today's youth.

  8. 8

    this guy sounds as dum as he looks…

    im not even going to comment on throwing dwarfs around thats just kind of awful ..

  9. 9

    Not my thing - But the economy has gone from bad to worse in the past year or two with no relief in sight. Until the Fed starts realistically stimulating business and the jobs, its up to the states and individual gumption. If people are ready, willing, and able to do such work, rather than just sit around idle and complain - all the power to them. Nobody is forcing anybody to do anything.

  10. wayaw says – reply to this


    Re: L-O-L-A Lola – One of the main reasons prostitution is illegal is the fact that it's completely unsafe and spreads life threatening diseases that could potentially spread to others that aren't directly participating in the act (like if another individual had sexual relations with someone who had engaged in prostitution in the past and were unknowing of this fact). That then harms the rest of the public, which in turn makes it dangerous to engage in. This "dwarf tossing" isn't harming anybody else in the process. That's like saying gay marriage should be illegal because it's "immoral"; it's not harming you, so why do you care? America as a whole is realizing this, making gay marriage legal state by state, one by one. Obviously this "dwarf tossing" arguement is on a much smaller level, but it makes the same point. They're making money to pay their bills and not harming you in the process.