There is always debate about what is considered politically correct, can you call them midgets or must you say “little people”? They both seem derogatory to me. Is it better to refer to it as dwarfism or being vertically challenged? I don’t know about you but when I do encounter a little person I’m always curious as to whether their particular condition is achondroplasia or possibly a growth hormone deficiency or maybe it’s due to Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita, Diastrophic dysplasia or Pseudoachondroplasia. French actor Hervé Jean-Pierre Villechaize actually had people call him midget as opposed to “little person” but that apparently angered some dwarf activists.
Well however you choose to refer to them, we all know what isn’t acceptable, it’s not okay to laugh at them. Publicly at least. They of course are humans just like the rest of us and deserve all the common courtesies that anyone would. But it’s not that you want to laugh at them necessarily…it’s just hard not to…it IS a funny sight no matter how you try to justify it. Things that are rare tend to draw more attention and rarely do you see a “little person” in public so each time you do it is certainly attention worthy.
As certain people with good humor do, a few have taken what could have been a hindrance and embraced it. They have gone on to make some of the funniest comedies and stolen the show from other (much taller) co-stars. Below you will find the top five “little people” that not only are you allowed to laugh at but would prefer it if you did. So stop feeling guilty and stand tall in your support of these hilarious and courageous souls who themselves laugh in the face of onlookers.
5.) Tony Cox
Tony actually began his career as an Ewok in Episode IV along with playing a warrior in Willow. He has been in Beetle Juice, I’m Gonna Get You Sucka and although I hate to mention them as comedies, Disaster Movie and Date Movie. He best roles though perhaps have been in Friday, Me, MySelf & Irene and certainly without a doubt Bad Santa.
Best quote (from Bad Santa):
Marcus: “In case you didn’t notice I’m a motherfucking dwarf, so unless you got a forklift handy, maybe you should lend a hand hmm? “
Gin: “That figures. You want all kind of set-asides. Special treatment ’cause you’re handicapped. You’re all the same.”
Marcus: “Special treatment? I’m 3-foot-fucking-tall you asshole! It’s a matter of physics. Draw me a sketch of how I get him to the car, huh?”
Gin: “Bitch, Bitch, Bitch!”
Marcus: “Sketch it up, you fucking moron. Fucking Leonardo da Vinci.”
Gin: “What’d you call me thigh-high?”
Marcus: “I called you a fucking guinea homo from the 15th-fucking-century, you dickhead!”
4.) Arnold Jackson (Gary Coleman)
There is hardly a more beloved character than Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson in Diff’rent Strokes. Played by Gary Coleman from the age of 8 to 15. He’s cute, loveable and funny. Not only does he warm out heart but he teaches us valuable life lessons. Some of the more hilarious episodes involve Arnold getting conflicting stories about from where babies come from or when he is bitten by a dog and attempts to avoid getting a rabies shot.
“Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout Willis?”
3.) Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi
Alright well this may be the only one on the list that doesn’t actually want you to laugh at them but damn it….she’s a freakin’ joke. From MTV’s brilliant (read moronic) “reality show” Jersey Shore comes the ever so annoying Snooki. It’s hard to pick a moment I despise more of hers. From her ranting “diatribes” of the perfect life and man (Italian, dark, muscles, juice-head, guido) to her descriptions of how she wants to get “fucked up.”
“I never expected to ever get hit by a guy, ever.”
2.) Wee-Man (Jason Bryant Acuña)
As part of the Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Party Boy, Jackass crew Wee-Man has been entertaining us through TV and film for almost a decade now. From attempting to break boards with his forehead and failing to kicking himself in the head (I think only little people can do that) he has proved to be one of the better parts of the bunch. Some of the best skits involve him and Preston.
Check out the little guy lifting a 300+ lb Shaq!
1.) Mini-Me (Verne Troyer)
Appearing first in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and subsequently Austin Powers in Goldmember every single moment with this little guy is hilarious. I can’t say I care much for Verne himself but as far as Dr. Evil’s little clone…I can’t get enough of him. From his duets of “Just the Two of Us” and “Hard Knock Life” or his attacking of Scott he truly makes these films great as opposed to just okay. Sure Mike Myers is funny but without Mini-Me they would not be what they are. You don’t know whether to hate him, love him, laugh at him or cry with him. He takes you through all the emotions and leaves you with a fire in your heart and a smile on your face.
Really every time he is on screen is laugh inducing but I find when he is first introduced to be one of the best.
…and of course how can I not end this with this ever so memorable performance: