Attention everyone! Throwing a person smaller than you into the air is NOT cool!
Martin Henderson, a 37-year-old dwarf who played a goblin in the Harry Potter films, was paralyzed after a drunken hooligan picked him up and tossed him into the air (and eventually the ground).
The 4-foot 6-inch actor is now putting the blame on English rugby player Mike Tindall and his World Cup teammates who participated in dwarf tossing New Zealand last fall.
Martin now relies on a mix of crutches and a wheelchair to get around. The rugby player was not directly involved in the attack, but the victim expects an apology from Tindall and company for sending their fans the wrong message, explaining:
"People see Tindall doing it and they think that it is acceptable. I believe that could have been why it happened to me – the bloke probably thought it was a really funny thing to do.The whole team should be made to apologize for what they have done. Until someone steps out and says, 'This is not acceptable', all dwarfs are under threat."
Martin isn't alone. Actor Peter Dinklage won a Golden Globe for his performance in Game of Thrones and mentioned Martin's case in his acceptance speech, saying:
"I want to mention a gentleman I'm thinking about in England. His name is Martin Henderson. Google him."
Tindall has been fired from the World Cup team as a result of his role in the absurdly offensive dwarf-tossing competition, but an apology for guys like Martin and others facing discrimination because of their size couldn't hurt either.
[Image via WENN.]
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