To be utterly pissed off about people of short stature being used in Peter Kay's thing

(144 Posts)
Verycold Fri 15-Mar-13 21:49:27

Yes yes they didn't have to do it. But they probably needed the money. As the mother of a boy with dwarfism it just makes me so cross.

Peter Kay isn't funny. His sketch was dismal.

SmiteYouWithThunderbolts Fri 15-Mar-13 21:53:32

I couldn't see what was funny about his sketch at all and I'm more than a little hmm about his "wife" character too.

OhDearieDearieMe Fri 15-Mar-13 21:53:34

Peter Kay is an arse of award-winning stature. And Comic Relief is shite.

<<<<goes to bed>>>>

<<<<in a curmudgeonly manner>>>>

CloudsAndTrees Fri 15-Mar-13 21:54:34

Yanbu, and I can understand that it does make you cross, I'm just not sure I know why. Why do you feel cross about it?

coatonarack Fri 15-Mar-13 21:54:49

Did you see C4 seven dwarves? It was so enlightening. What did you think about the Ricky Gervais Warwick Davies series?

coatonarack Fri 15-Mar-13 21:56:03

There was a thread on here a while ago about Peter Kay being a tightarse.

Verycold Fri 15-Mar-13 22:04:21

I'm cross because it's just lazy. Just going, I know, we'll put dwarves in! They're just funny! They are just normal people, there is nothing inherently funny about them.

Hated the Warwick Davies/Ricky Gervais thing, too. Exploitation is not okay just because the exploited collaborates.

OhDearieDearieMe Fri 15-Mar-13 22:08:53

Do you think they'd agree with you that they're being 'exploited' or do you think they'd tell you that they're old enough and wise enough to make their own decisions and that it's none if your business?

coatonarack Fri 15-Mar-13 22:10:32

I though you'd gone to bed, * dearie*

Verycold Fri 15-Mar-13 22:12:31

Well I don't know. What I do know is that a person with short stature will have less options in life available to them than somebody of average height. And what I do know is that I dread the idea of my son being thought of as funny just because of being small.

coatonarack Fri 15-Mar-13 22:18:51

Oh bless, very how old is he?

AmandaPayneNeedsaHoliday Fri 15-Mar-13 22:20:54

YANBU. I commented on that too. Not funny. Whole sketch wasn't funny.

Verycold Fri 15-Mar-13 22:24:33

He's six.

coatonarack Fri 15-Mar-13 22:30:03

I worked in the chemisty dept of a major uni and one young lad got his Msc. He had dwarism. Keep the hope, heh?

WhatsTheBuzz Fri 15-Mar-13 22:30:38

agree with dearie - for the love of god, if you don't want to risk being offended, don't watch tv. Or have conversations.

NoelHeadbands Fri 15-Mar-13 22:34:02

YANBU

KobayashiMaru Fri 15-Mar-13 22:36:24

I didn't see it, but was the sketch referencing their stature in anyway? Was it making a joke of it?
If not, I don't see what difference it makes what size they were?

WhatsTheBuzz Fri 15-Mar-13 22:39:27

comedians
take the piss out of pretty much everyone. If you can't handle it,
steer clear. They don't care because so many people love it.

ihavenonameonhere Fri 15-Mar-13 22:40:01

I understand why you are sensitive to it but what these series are doing are showing that there is no difference in personality, you still think the same, you still laugh the same and you are still just as capable.

Verycold Fri 15-Mar-13 22:40:32

If it doesn't make a difference why use them? No reference was made to their size, but they were obviously used for comic effect.

And yes I do take offence because I know that there will be idiots in my son's life who will disrespect him and mock him because of his size, and things like this sketch certainly don't help.

I know very well that people of short stature gain degrees etc. Unlikely in my son's case as he also has learning difficulties.

Verycold Fri 15-Mar-13 22:42:50

Ihavenoname, do you really think I don't know that?? It's not the point though. The point is not treating them as if they are funny simply by virtue of their size.

AmandaPayneNeedsaHoliday Fri 15-Mar-13 22:43:37

That's the thing. I didn't mind so much with the leprechauns at the start. Setting off in Belfast. Leprechauns, Irish, they have to be small, etc. It was later on that really annoyed me. Funny just because they are short? Would you have the couch pulled by all black people to be 'funny'?

I just don't get what the joke was.

SkinnybitchWannabe Fri 15-Mar-13 22:46:00

If they didn't want to do it, they wouldn't have done it.
Lighten up fgs, if that was the thing that offended you and not the poor little babies dying of Aids etc then you shouldn't watch it.

KobayashiMaru Fri 15-Mar-13 22:46:17

If it makes no difference why not use them? Are small people not allowed a career in the entertainment industry?
If it wasn't mentioned at all, and it was totally irrelevant to the sketch, why assume they were there to be laughed at? Thats rather offensive in itself.

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