A few months ago, Jen Montzingo debated about whether she should link to a video full of ignorance to display their ignorance or whether by providing the link she would just being giving them publicity that they don't deserve. I understand how she felt. Ultimately, I think people can see the ignorance for themselves and the people that don't get it will still be as ignorant as before.
This video is on You Tube. If you don't feel like listening to some stupidity, a caller phones into a radio talk show, describing the episode where Jeremy tells Matt and Zach that sneezing is 1/8th of an orgasm. The caller asks if it's true. As soon as she mentions the program, the hosts turn it into a joke and fall in love with the word "midget" and make references to The Smurffs.
I would proudly like to state that I don't know anything about this program or the on air "personalities". It seems to be a mix of Dr. Ruth and Howard Stern.
The reason why I'm talking about this is because several people honestly wonder why the word "midget" is derogatory. This is a good example of why. Almost every time I've heard people use the word "midget" it's in this sense, said in laughter as a joke and full of ridicule.
The other observation I have, and I find this to be true of most people that watch the show, even those who are critical about certain aspects of the show or the Roloffs - people that watch seem to get it. It wouldn't even cross a person's mind that is a full time viewer of the show to behave like those two morons on the radio. They're people and they're judged on their character and what they do and say - as anybody is. I find it is always people who don't really watch and just have heard about the show who are the ones that as soon as there is a reference to the show or the Roloffs, laughter and the word "midget" follows about 8 times. I find it to be very insulting, but I think it's a good example of why respectful people don't use the word "midget".
I'm interested in hearing from people who don't think it's particularly wrong for Jeremy Roloff and his friends to use slurs and make jokes about other groups, if those people also think those radio hosts are funny? Hey, everybody has their opinion. Maybe I'm just in the group of the people who think making jokes about people for being who they are is wrong and not funny, but maybe it's our problem for not having a sense of humor and we need to get with the program and start mocking people?
Nah, I like my mindset the way it is. :)