In this article, Matt goes a step further and states the disability movement is hyper-sensitive about language. He states that he doesn't care if someone uses the word midget as long as they aren't doing it ridicule.
"Roloff noted that the entire disability movement "has a hypersensitivity about language. I don't care much whether someone uses the term dwarf, midget or little person. It's the attitude of the person that's important. Now if someone uses 'midget' like Jimmy Kimmel did, I really take exception."
In 2003, Kimmel ended his Fox News show by saying: "Aren't midgets fun? Everyone should own one." That crass crack is seared in the memory of many people with dwarfism.
While it's sometimes good not to get too upset, especially that some people - such as Robert Ebert in the excellent article Jen Montzingo discussed, honestly don't know that "midget" was offensive, this is really such a different stance on the issue for Matt and the Roloffs. One of the first things the Roloffs did on their show was teach society that the word midget should not be used. Amy and Matt discussed the subject when they were on the Oprah show. They informed Oprah and the audience that the word midget is out and should not be used to describe them. Amy suggested 'little person' or 'short-stature'.
In the book, Little Family, Big Values, Jeremy is quoted as saying he always corrects people when he hears somebody say the word midget.
As we noted, the Roloffs have in the last 8 or 9 months been changing their stance on the issue of language and being offended by it, but it really did catch me off guard to see Matt actually say that it does not matter if someone calls him a midget as long as they aren't doing it in the 'ownership, you aren't a real person' sense. In my opinion, it's such departure from their previous message.
It's an interesting article that is worth the read.