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    Fox Dwarf-Dating Show Sparks Mixed Emotions

    Fox Dwarf-Dating Show Sparks Mixed Emotions

    Thu Jan 29, 6:23 PM ET
    By Steve Gorman

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Critics may roll their eyes at Fox television's upcoming dwarf-dating contest "The Littlest Groom," but the head of the advocacy group Little People of America says the show could end up giving his members a boost.



    While some audiences may snicker at the spectacle of a dozen dwarf women competing with average-sized females for the affections of a 4-foot-5-inch bachelor, LPA president Matt Roloff said the Fox show may benefit people of short stature by depicting them as regular folks "just being themselves."


    In other words, a person's size doesn't matter.


    "Yes, the radio jocks will have a field day," Roloff told Reuters in a telephone interview. "(But) hiding us behind closed doors or in funny costumes will never give us the exposure needed to desensitize society to us."


    Fox said this week that it would air the show, essentially a dwarf version of ABC's "The Bachelor," as a two-part special next month on Feb. 16 and Feb. 23.


    The announcement sparked a flurry of angry letters to the LPA from little people and their parents and a debate within the Portland, Oregon-based organization over its response to the show, Roloff said.


    "The fact that Fox is doing this reality show is outrageous," Roloff quoted one e-mail he received from the parent of a dwarf child. "It is one more avenue to make fun of their stature."


    WITHHOLDING JUDGMENT


    Roloff credited the producers of the show for consulting with his group in an apparent effort to develop and promote the show in a sensitive manner.


    While the LPA neither supports nor endorses the program, Roloff said he would withhold judgment until he sees it. "My sense is that they probably didn't do anything too derogatory."


    But the retired software design and sales executive said he remains troubled about the idea of throwing averaged-sized women into the mix, an element of the show he called "ill-advised" and potentially hurtful to his members.


    "Personally, I think that the (bachelor) guy might have the same tastes I have and prefer a little woman and reject the average-sized women," he said. "But at the same time, if it did go the other way around, it might be problematic, and make America think there's something wrong with little people."


    He said there are roughly 100,000 people in the United States who have been born with dwarfism, a genetic condition that usually results in an adult height of 4-foot-10 or less and disproportionately short arms and legs.


    "Littlest Groom" Executive Producer Bill Paolantonio defended the program as a "celebration of diversity."


    "We have gone to great lengths to make sure everybody on this program is treated with dignity and respect," he said. "Human emotion is human emotion, no matter what the package is, and this program ultimately is about that"


    He said all the dwarf contestants on the program had dated a mix of little and average-sized people, and that one little woman on the show had never dated a little person.


    The Fox network is part of Fox Entertainment Group Inc., a unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Ltd.

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    All I know is that I remember QEFTSG "sparking controversy". Now everyone loves it.

    I just don't see a problem here.

    I'm editing to clarify

    I think what I mean is that who gives a crap how tall these folks are. If you agree to a reality show, especially one on FOX than you have to be prepared for some not-so-great stuff. If people of normal stature can go on these shows and get made fun of for their actions, than anyone should be allowed the same ....um....mistake?
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    Seems like it has a great potential of being a disaster - combine Average Joe with the Bachelor and twist. And it's on FOX too.... Hope it won't be too bad, i.e. hope it won't be worse than any other RT show.

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    i personally think something like that is just for ratings. fox may disguise it as an "aw-shucks" sweet, innocent thing, but they knwoi what they're doing. it's very sad they need to capitalize on the conditions of others for money. if they were really concerned about sending the message that dwarfs no different than anyone else, then why not make him a regular "bachelor". there's no need to have a seperate show just because someone looks different. such idiots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Positum
    if they were really concerned about sending the message that dwarfs no different than anyone else, then why not make him a regular "bachelor".
    This is a very good question.
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    Let's be honest, just for a moment, instead of trying to be "PC". If these people were thrown into a dating show with normal-height/proportioned people, they would likely be eliminated at the second opportunity (not the first, b/c the person doing the eliminating wouldn't want to appear insensitive :rolleyes ).
    And who knows, maybe they don't want to be mixed in on a "regular" dating show. Most people feel more comfortable with people like themselves, so this makes perfect sense, right? I think this could be a really good show, if FOX doesn't trick it up by making a big joke out of it. If they did, it would be a shame, because it has potential.
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    That's kind of how I feel Holly... I realize I quoted Positum above, and still think he has a valid point, what if they made him the bachelor... that way he couldn't be eliminated.

    I do find this quote interesting though, and it makes me realize that because I'm not a dwarf, why the heck should I decide whether or not to make a dating show with dwarfs? This guy feels that having average height people on would be a bad idea... since he's a little person, I will defer to him for the time being.

    He also says he will wait until he sees it to pass judgement. Not a bad idea at all

    While the LPA neither supports nor endorses the program, Roloff said he would withhold judgment until he sees it. "My sense is that they probably didn't do anything too derogatory."


    But the retired software design and sales executive said he remains troubled about the idea of throwing averaged-sized women into the mix, an element of the show he called "ill-advised" and potentially hurtful to his members.
    "Rice is great when you're hungry and want 2,000 of something' -- Mitch Hedberg

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    Quote Originally Posted by John
    While the LPA neither supports nor endorses the program, Roloff said he would withhold judgment until he sees it. "My sense is that they probably didn't do anything too derogatory."
    Ummm, he does know this is Fox, right? Am I the only one that found it funny that someone thinks that they won't do anything derogatory?

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    Well...the least I can hope for in regards to the "average height" women, is that they are OPEN for the idea of having a relationship with a little person. If they're not, then yeah, that does suck that they are having average height women to choose from. We all know that the cameras would shoot and show the extreme closeups of these woman's faces as he walks out.

    Eh..I don't see this as being awful though. I'm just wondering why I haven't even HEARD of this until today and I saw a new thread for it.
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    I haven't heard about it anywhere but here either.

    I even paid money for a magazine about reality TV (help me please). They had some article about a PPV show called "Who Wants To Be A Pornstar" Yes, it's true. But nothing about this
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