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Little People to Spike TV -- Stop Calling Us Midgets!

6/10/2010 4:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A new reality show about vertically challenged wrestlers is seriously pissing off an organization called Little People of America ... and it's all over the word "midget."

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The show behind the controversy is Spike TV's "Half Pint Brawlers" -- which features several wee wrestlers who drop the M-bomb on each other about a gazillion times an episode.

But the LPA claims the M-word on the show is just as offensive as "guido" on "Jersey Shore" -- because it reinforces "archaic, objectifying and stigmatizing stereotypes" about little people.

The LPA suggests more politically correct alternatives like "little person," "person with dwarfism," and "person of short stature."

But according to Spike TV, "Only the 'Half Pint Brawlers' use the term 'midget' in the show," and note that the Brawlers, "respectfully disagree with the LPA's assessment of the word."
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46.

JK    

Oh my! Those ******are the "N" word. It is funny how TMZ will not even post the word. Let's try again......here we go....******.



Well I guess it is both smart and coward for Sike TV!

1562 days ago
47.

thisistupid    

Do they have all have a huge ass beard? No. Do they run around with a battle axe? No.



Not dwarves.

1552 days ago
48.

bekah    

Being a person of short stature, or a person with dwarfism, I feel that the word "midget" is most defenatly offensive. Why? Because, it's become deragatory, and rude. Dwarfism is the actual medical term, and little person is the preferred name to be called. So, saying that, those of you who have no clue what you're talking about, can shut up.

1162 days ago
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