Petition To Remove Extreme “Midget” Wrestling From Arizona Venues

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION!

Please support the efforts of Little People of America, (LPA), Phoenix LPA Valley of the Sun Chapter, Tucson LPA Roadrunners Chapter and condemn two dwarf wrestling events that recently occurred here in Arizona at The Lodge Sports Bar and Grill in Pinetop, AZ, and the Arizona Event Center LLC., in Mesa, AZ. These businesses advertise the events with the use of “Extreme Midget Wrestling”.

We condemn the use of the “M word” as it is denigrating, dehumanizing and humiliating to little people everywhere.

LPA is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with dwarfism, while celebrating with great pride Little People’s contribution to social diversity.  LPA strives to bring solutions & global awareness to the prominent issues affecting individuals of short stature and their families. We are committed to stop the use of the “M word” wherever possible, and to raise awareness to prevent events that objectify, humiliate and denigrate little people.

Little People of America, (LPA), Phoenix LPA Valley of the Sun Chapter, and Tucson LPA Roadrunners Chapter condemn the use of the “M word” and the wrestling events that recently occurred in Arizona. Dwarf wrestling is a disgusting spectacle that subjects people with dwarfism to ridicule, physical harm and abuse. While dwarf wrestling is an extreme risk to the individuals participating, it also objectifies and denigrates the entire dwarf community. Dwarf wrestling treats people of short stature as showcase freaks and encourages the general attitude that people with dwarfism are objects to be treated with no respect. Such activities and similar ones like dwarf tossing affect little people not connected with these events.  In 2012, a stranger tossed a little person after seeing such an event, and it resulted in irreparable physical and emotional damage to the short-statured individual.

Dwarf wrestling and similar events should never occur in any location in the United States, or around the world. No little person, or their friends, family and peers should ever be subjected to the barbarity and denigration of a dwarf wrestling event; and no little person should ever again be put at risk because of dwarf wrestling and similar events such as dwarf tossing.

We ask that Little People of America, (LPA), Phoenix LPA Valley of the Sun Chapter, and Tucson LPA Roadrunners Chapter communities raise their voices in opposition to these events as well as any events in the future that do not show people with dwarfism full dignity and respect.  Little People work tirelessly to rise above negative stereotypes and prove that they are equals in society.  We are doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, etc., and should be treated with the utmost respect – just as everyone else – no more, no less.

With October being Dwarfism Awareness month, please support Little People of America, (LPA), Phoenix LPA Valley of the Sun Chapter, and Tucson LPA Roadrunners Chapter by demanding that the businesses mentioned above and similar Arizona entertainment facilities not promote and offer such demeaning events in the future.

Please do your part in expressing your concern and strong opposition to this most recent case of dehumanizing of little people by signing the petition (click here) demanding that the businesses listed above, and others like them, agree to end this and other events like it that are offensive and exploitative of little people.

Mark Trombino                               Edward L. Myers III Esq.        

Mark Trombino                                      Edward L. Myers III Esq.

LPA Valley of the Sun                           LPA Valley of the Sun Chapter V.P.

Chapter President                                 AZ State Bar No. 08856

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