Dem rep: I’m deeply sorry for calling abnormally small people “midgets”

posted at 8:41 pm on December 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

Comedy gold via Mediaite from a man who once worried aloud about Guam tipping over. I managed to hold it together when he uttered “the M-word” in the course of denouncing the M-word, but the lulz began to roll after about three minutes. The first rule of apologizing for insensitivity: When expressing your remorse to the offended group, always refer to them as “abnormal.”


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Reading this story I had flashbacks to a 40-year-old episode of “The Odd Couple”. Early lampooning of political correctness (which you could never do on TV today).

jon1979 on December 14, 2012 at 12:26 AM

I suppose it has already been pointed out this fool is a mental midget.

pat on December 14, 2012 at 1:09 AM

As the mother of a little person, your attempts at humor are not particularly funny to me. It’s a matter of respect, really. Below is some education to help you sound a little less ignorant(take special note of #5) :

Nine facts about dwarfism

1.There are more than 300 types of dwarfism.
2.There are an estimated 30,000 people with dwarfism in the United States and 651,700 in the world.
3.People with a form of dwarfism are usually no taller than 4′ 10″.
4.People of short stature can do just about anything an average sized person can – just sometimes in a different way.
5.80 percent of Little People are born to average sized parents.
6.Any average sized parents can have a child with a form of dwarfism.
7.Because dwarfism is primarily a bone growth disorder, most people of short stature deal with some type of health issues. These issues run from mild to severe and at times life threatening.
8.The word “midget” is considered offensive.
9.Such terms as Little Person, LP or person of short stature are all acceptable, but most people would rather be referred to by their name, than a label.

sheesh on December 13, 2012 at 10:37 PM

sheesh, that’s quite a list!

sheesh, how will you feel if Randy Newman gets inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and ends up performing “Short People”? If that happens, sheesh!

Anti-Control on December 14, 2012 at 1:27 AM

I wonder if Hank Johnson was gonna ship them off to Guam in an effort to prevent the Island from tipping over?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNZczIgVXjg

dthorny on December 14, 2012 at 1:56 AM

What an “R”-tard word and a complete “D”-bag word.
It’s hard to fix stupid.

kregg on December 14, 2012 at 6:18 AM

I would jest but the subject is beneath me.

viking01 on December 14, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Why is the bar clearly lower (so low, it may be resting on the floor) for this man?

MT on December 14, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Quite possibly a more gifted orator than Barky and Julius Caesar combined.

CorporatePiggy on December 14, 2012 at 7:46 AM

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.The word “midget” is considered offensive.

Really? Who decided that? When? Do they speak for all midgets?
So what descriptor should we use for midgets? Short people? Fine. So how do we distinguish between someone who is shorter than average, a midget, and a dwarf?
Being from Sarasota, Florida (formerly the winter home of Ringling Bros. circus) I grew up around circus people. I’ve known several midgets throughout my life, including a couple who were Munchkins, (they had five normal sized children btw) and not one of them ever took offense at being called a midget. It’s how they defined themselves. What they didn’t like was being called dwarves and would school you on the difference.

single stack on December 14, 2012 at 8:26 AM

That apology had better be short and sweet.

viking01 on December 14, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Look out!!!!

Here comes the NAAMP !

viking01 on December 14, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Tom Daschle, Robert Reichsssssh and “Small Gulp” Bloomberg hardest hit.

News at ten.

viking01 on December 14, 2012 at 8:42 AM

I had to stop about a minute into it. It’s an embarrassment that imbeciles like Johnson get elected to a first term, and his district is too dumb to vote him out after that.

flipflop on December 14, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Imagine a district with a million Obama voters, give or take.

Imagine Hank Johnson being the bestest and brightest coming out of that district.

Have a nice weekend, America.

MNHawk on December 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

What they didn’t like was being called dwarves and would school you on the difference.

single stack on December 14, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Things change. Now, midget is considered derogatory and dwarf, as in dwarfism, is considered a medical diagnosis so it is the correct term to use for certain little people. Hey, I watched Little People, Big World.

But, I love how the politically correct police are getting tangled in their own webs. And, how can we criticize anyone running on the right for Congress when the left reelects idiots like Hank Johnson over and over again. Hmmm… Is the word “idiot” still okay to use? lol

Fallon on December 14, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Can’t tell you how little I care about the picayune problems of small people like Hank Johnson.

M240H on December 14, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Imagine a district with a million Obama voters, give or take.

Imagine Hank Johnson being the bestest and brightest coming out of that district.

Have a nice weekend, America.

MNHawk on December 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Yup, Hank Johnson and his congressional district full of morons is why Obama is President.

sentinelrules on December 14, 2012 at 9:30 AM

single stack on December 14, 2012 at 8:26 AM

I should have known better than to attempt to educate a person so clearly superior and omniscient. Wasted keystrokes, indeed.

sheesh on December 14, 2012 at 9:32 AM

What about abnormally small-minded people? Can we call them mental midgets?

stukinIL4now on December 14, 2012 at 9:33 AM

I 2nd the “J bo”

black idiot = nidget

rgranger on December 14, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Not to worry Rep. Johnson fans, according to Georgia’s Secretary of State website http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/GA/42277/113204/en/summary.html Rep. Hank Johnson was re-elected to represent Georgia’s 4th Congressional District with 73.57% of the vote on Nov. 6, 2012.

208,861 Voters in the newly drawn 4th District which includes Covington, Decatur, Liburn and portions of Atlanta thought Rep. Johnson was the best person they could find to represent their interests in Congress.

The good people of Covington, Decatur, Liburn and Atlanta have some explaining to do.

Especially since Georgia’s 4th District sent Rep. Cynthia McKinney to Congress in the years before they found Hank.

wren on December 13, 2012 at 9:27 PM

I am one of those Lilburnites who was re-districted from the 7th to the 4th last year. I am so angry at the Republicans who moved just slivers of other districts into the 4th. No point really because the majority of the district will never turn from blue to red. The republican challenger was an obscure pastor. Of course I voted for him but it is futile.

Brat on December 14, 2012 at 9:52 AM

I should have known better than to attempt to educate a person so clearly superior and omniscient. Wasted keystrokes, indeed.

No. What you did was spout PC bulls**t, which I find offensive. You owe me an apology.

single stack on December 14, 2012 at 9:54 AM

I should have known better than to attempt to educate a person so clearly superior and omniscient. Wasted keystrokes, indeed.

Oh, and your self righteous snark offends me too. That’s two apologies you owe me.

single stack on December 14, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Is this the best that can come out of the 4th District in Georgia? Is this one of the Congressmen that we have to govern us here in the United States, and be fiscal responsible? God help us!

pigpen5 on December 14, 2012 at 10:12 AM

“Midget wrestling appears to be making a comeback.”

http://www.pressherald.com/life/go/club-tries-something-a-little-different_2012-12-13.html

Tom C on December 14, 2012 at 10:44 AM

The advantage of “little/short/whatever” people, a lot more can fit on a island and it won’t tip over…plus the added benefit of a lower center of gravity, that should have been pointed out to the congressman.

right2bright on December 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Imagine a district with a million Obama voters, give or take.

Imagine Hank Johnson being the bestest and brightest coming out of that district.

Have a nice weekend, America.

MNHawk on December 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Maxine Waters on the other side…the “bookends” of America…

right2bright on December 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM

“Let’s get smaaaallll…”

dentarthurdent on December 14, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I tire of these endless attempts by various groups to define terms for the rest of us. I’m sure that the word “midget” has the potential for negative connotation, and I also expect that it is used sometimes as an epithet when referring directly to people who suffer from the condition.

How is it that everyone is unaware that even if the world agrees to change terms, that new term will soon take on the exact same usage in our lexicon? Hooray. “Dwarf” is the new “midget” and “retard” is replaced by…whatever. It won’t take a decade for those new terms to take on the exact same potentially negative connotations. People are jerks, and will continue to be jerks, and will continue to use words in hurtful ways.

You have to gays and lesbians for cleverly doing the exact opposite of this silly dance: they took ownership of the epithets directed against them and have made huge strides toward effecting their usage as a result. I suspect they are all well aware of the fact that the word “gay” can be used in both pejorative and non-perjorative ways–the world is what it is. But I appreciate the lack of victimhood in their approach.

TexasDan on December 14, 2012 at 11:34 AM

right2bright on December 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Lower center of gravity? This guy has a very low specific gravity.

mr.blacksheep on December 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM

So, I can’t use the term “mental midget” when referring to liberals?

ultracon on December 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM

The reality is that the people who vote for this guy don’t know any more than he does. Tipping Guam over probably makes perfect sense to them.

Bob's Kid on December 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM

And we are sorry for calling some elected officials STUPID.

Amazingoly on December 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM

TexasDan on December 14, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I heard a good comedian – Brian Willims, who happens to be a midget/dwarf/little/small/vertically challenger person – on the Bob & Tom Show on the radio. (he also used to be on the Carlos Mencia show) He said his shows have actually been picketed by “little people” because he jokes about being a midget, and uses the term midget a lot in his act. He said he really doesn’t care what term people used – but is more concerned about picking on a person’s tone as to how they’re saying things to decide whether they are being insulting.

dentarthurdent on December 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM

sheesh on December 13, 2012 at 10:37 PM

You need to lighten up. I’m handicapped yet one of my favorite episodes of Seinfeld is when George parks in a handicapped spot. I know they didn’t mean any disrespect, it’s just comedy. Even if they meant to be disrespectful, who are they that I should care what they think of me?

bandutski on December 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Good grief. How do people listen to this man without falling asleep?

Georgia must be so proud.

RebeccaH on December 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Ever seen Snow White and the Seven D-words?

Akzed on December 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Hank’s constituents are low information voters.

“Is he black? Okay the.”

Akzed on December 14, 2012 at 11:47 AM

The stupid people of Georgia’s 4th District just voted this moron back into office. And they would have done so anyway despite his repeated use of the “M word.”

Happy Nomad on December 14, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Ever seen Snow White and the Seven D-words? – Akzed on December 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Didn’t you know that book is now banned in all libraries./s Some words are highly offense and should not be used in civil discourse. But this is a bit too far.

SC.Charlie on December 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM

What about abnormally small-minded people? Can we call them mental midgets?

stukinIL4now on December 14, 2012 at 9:33 AM

I’ll stick with the more PC term…… Obama voters.

Happy Nomad on December 14, 2012 at 11:53 AM

So, I can’t use the term “mental midget” when referring to liberals?

ultracon on December 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Do we say “metal dwarf” now? Doesn’t trip of the tongue the same way. I’m going to go with “Satan’s Cavemen” just to be safe.

TexasDan on December 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM

If we had an entire unit of Marines comprised soley of midgets (the US Midget Corps….?), we could deploy them to Guam without fear the island would tip over….

dentarthurdent on December 14, 2012 at 12:05 PM

He also covers up his vitilago. Making ESPN commentators with vitilago question if he is authentically vitiligo enough.

MechanicalBill on December 14, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Does anyone else remember when Howard Cosell said of Washington Redskins wide receiver Alvin Garrett (who happened to be black), “That little monkey gets loose, doesn’t he?” After that, in the paper, they had a column called Howard Cosell’s Wide World of Humans. Cosell refused to apologize citing his past support for black athletes and stating that “little monkey” was an affectionate term he had used in the past for diminutive white athletes. Wow. Diminutive and monkey. Today they would probably take him out and hang him.

bandutski on December 14, 2012 at 12:20 PM

I never cease to be amazed at man’s capacity for insensitivity towards his fellow man, especially when typing courageously behind a computer screen.

sheesh on December 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM

He was only apologizing to black midgets.
“Sorry, lil’ bruthaz.”

Yephora on December 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

I’m not sorry for calling people with abnormally small brains “democrats.”

Capitalist Hog on December 13, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Thread winner!!!

Liberty 5-3001 on December 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Just think: The “enlightened” majority of Americans think people like Hank Johnson are eminently qualified to make decisions for them concerning their healthcare, financial and banking matters, housing, education, etc.

actually enlightened majority has nothing to do with his district which seems to be 59% black. I think this clown shoes of a rep says more about the morons that cast votes for him than the country at large.

Lets face it if the supreme court didn’t force states into electoral apartheid when drawing districts guys like this wouldn’t be in congress.

bannor on December 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Who passed this guy in his university classes? Certianly they weren’t oral exams.

jake49 on December 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I suppose it has already been pointed out this fool is a mental midget.

pat on December 14, 2012 at 1:09 AM

Aren’t crackers allowed to call each other crackers?

Aren’t black people allowed to call each other black people?

/

cane_loader on December 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

has anyone who ever voted for this guy actually heard him speak? The man is a certifiable idiot.

princetrumpet on December 14, 2012 at 1:45 PM

I never cease to be amazed at man’s capacity for insensitivity towards his fellow man, especially when typing courageously behind a computer screen.

sheesh on December 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM

sheesh, you should listen to bandutski here, as you could learn something:

You need to lighten up. I’m handicapped yet one of my favorite episodes of Seinfeld is when George parks in a handicapped spot. I know they didn’t mean any disrespect, it’s just comedy. Even if they meant to be disrespectful, who are they that I should care what they think of me?

bandutski on December 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM

That is the perfect attitude to have about this matter, sheesh. You should also read this one again:

Really? Who decided that? When? Do they speak for all midgets?
So what descriptor should we use for midgets? Short people? Fine. So how do we distinguish between someone who is shorter than average, a midget, and a dwarf?
Being from Sarasota, Florida (formerly the winter home of Ringling Bros. circus) I grew up around circus people. I’ve known several midgets throughout my life, including a couple who were Munchkins, (they had five normal sized children btw) and not one of them ever took offense at being called a midget. It’s how they defined themselves. What they didn’t like was being called dwarves and would school you on the difference.

single stack on December 14, 2012 at 8:26 AM

When I was in elementary school, there was an abnormally short girl attending whose name was Bridget – you can guess what her nickname was! I never participated in calling her that, nor did I laugh when others did, but I did recognize the humor – I never noticed anyone being mean-spirited towards her.

This post touches on that aspect:

I heard a good comedian – Brian Willims, who happens to be a midget/dwarf/little/small/vertically challenger person – on the Bob & Tom Show on the radio. (he also used to be on the Carlos Mencia show) He said his shows have actually been picketed by “little people” because he jokes about being a midget, and uses the term midget a lot in his act. He said he really doesn’t care what term people used – but is more concerned about picking on a person’s tone as to how they’re saying things to decide whether they are being insulting.

dentarthurdent on December 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM

sheesh, you’d be happier if you changed your perspective – not every joke made about short people is as rude and insensitive as you make it seem.

Anti-Control on December 14, 2012 at 3:11 PM

I suppose it has already been pointed out this fool is a mental midget.

pat on December 14, 2012 at 1:09 AM

The people who have a problem with the word “midget” are mental midgets too.

woodNfish on December 14, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I suspect he is abnormally mentally challenged.

The Rogue Tomato on December 14, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Someone needs to send Hank Johnson a compilation of the greatest hits of gangsta rap, if he thinks nobody uses the “n-word”.

oh, and would somebody follow this guy around and film his speeches the next time he runs for re-election. Hey, there’s a project for you, Michael Moore.

dissent555 on December 14, 2012 at 3:55 PM

sheesh, you’d be happier if you changed your perspective – not every joke made about short people is as rude and insensitive as you make it seem.

Anti-Control on December 14, 2012 at 3:11 PM

I don’t understand what you’re trying to say in response to my post – which was just about something an actual “little person” actually said about how he sees the issue.
Please clarify.

dentarthurdent on December 14, 2012 at 4:36 PM

So..last week we have Dirty Harry on the floor asking to allow popcorn in chambers for a special showing of a movie to Congressman…

Today we have Genius Johnson apologizing for 5+ minutes for yet another mindless blunder he made….

Breaking: Genius Johnson to speak on the floor tomorrow…..’topic: ‘How many “M word” people does it take before Guam tips over?’

meanwhile…’Rome continues to burn’ and Democrats have decided fire is at fault and …fire is racist

LaRepublican on December 14, 2012 at 7:56 PM


As the mother of a little person, your attempts at humor are not particularly funny to me. It’s a matter of respect, really. Below is some education to help you sound a little less ignorant(take special note of #5) :

Nine facts about dwarfism

1.There are more than 300 types of dwarfism.
2.There are an estimated 30,000 people with dwarfism in the United States and 651,700 in the world.
3.People with a form of dwarfism are usually no taller than 4′ 10″.
4.People of short stature can do just about anything an average sized person can – just sometimes in a different way.
5.80 percent of Little People are born to average sized parents.
6.Any average sized parents can have a child with a form of dwarfism.
7.Because dwarfism is primarily a bone growth disorder, most people of short stature deal with some type of health issues. These issues run from mild to severe and at times life threatening.
8.The word “midget” is considered offensive.
9.Such terms as Little Person, LP or person of short stature are all acceptable, but most people would rather be referred to by their name, than a label.

sheesh on December 13, 2012 at 10:37 PM

That is the most insipid list of useless and irrelevant stats I’ve read in a long time. Now I’m off to a dwarf toss with some Aussie friends just to take the twist out of my face.

contrarian on December 14, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I don’t understand what you’re trying to say in response to my post – which was just about something an actual “little person” actually said about how he sees the issue.
Please clarify.

dentarthurdent on December 14, 2012 at 4:36 PM

“sheesh” is someone’s nick, above.

Your post was given as a example of a preferrable attitude.

Axe on December 14, 2012 at 8:25 PM

“sheesh” is someone’s nick, above.
Your post was given as a example of a preferrable attitude.

Axe on December 14, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Ok – I see and get it now.
I didn’t catch the other name.
I was thinking it might just be sheesh (as in WTF)- and saying I needed to change my attitude.

dentarthurdent on December 14, 2012 at 11:00 PM

I was thinking it might just be sheesh (as in WTF)- and saying I needed to change my attitude.

dentarthurdent on December 14, 2012 at 11:00 PM

:) Absolutely read that way.

Axe on December 15, 2012 at 3:34 AM

btw Short People is a parody of bigotry. Newman portrays someone who feels they “got no reason to live”.
The key is the middle part; the background singers: “Short people are just the same as you and I”

Newman, in his persona: “The fools such as I.”

“All people are brothers until the day they die.”

“It’s a wonderful world.” Then he goes back to his bigotry…the key word is “fools”.

raccoonradio on December 15, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Someone please shoot this guy out of a cannon instead of the “vertically challanged”.

PC correct, huh? Who’s your daddy?

NoPain on December 15, 2012 at 6:47 PM

“PC correct.” Sorry. That was an echo.

NoPain on December 15, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Is this congressman always overly medicated?

dusaa-1975 on December 16, 2012 at 3:47 PM

I love when the camera switches to the wide shot. Is he in detention?

netster007x on May 15, 2013 at 11:20 PM

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