Florida Lawmaker Files Bill to Repeal State Ban on Dwarf Tossing in Bars


Let me guess, the state of Florida is flourishing with jobs, no crime and every resident has a pony, right? Really, no? Then why would a lawmaker be wasting his precious time with idiotic b.s.? In his defense, he does look like he played football one season too many.h/t Gawker.

A Florida lawmaker has filed a bill that would repeal a state law prohibiting dwarf tossing in bars.

Rep. Ritch Workman of Melbourne filed House Bill 4063 on Monday.

"To me it's an archaic kind of Big Brother law that says, 'We don't like that activity,'"  Workman told the Florida Current. "Well, there is nothing immoral or illegal about that activity. All we really did by passing that law was take away some employment from some little people."

The cringe-inducing activity was outlawed in 1989, when national controversy over dwarf tossing prompted the Legislature to ban it in bars for safety reasons, the Current reports.

House Bill 4063 would repeal Florida Statute 561.665, which bans establishments who sell alcohol from activities "involving exploitation endangering the health, safety, and welfare of any person with dwarfism."

  • marybluesky

    Unless that Republican who wants to repeal this law is also sponsoring a repeal of all laws against prostitution and drug abuse, he is a hypocrite. Dwarf-tossing isn't victimless; it perpetuates stereotypes of dwarfs as curiosities and freaks. If you don't believe those attitudes still exist, please ask someone who hasn't been offered a job they are qualified for because the interviewer just can't see past their lack of height. If you still don't see why publicizing and running a dwarf-tossing event is illegal, then ask yourself if it should be acceptable to have a "African-American Watermelon Eating Contest" or other stereotype-based events. If bars want to host a people-tossing contest and a dwarf enters: that's fine. It's the perpetuation of the attitude that making fun of a disability is ok that hurts not only dwarfs, but all of society.And, for those of you who do not know, a relatively high percentage of dwarfs are at risk of serious injury or death from neck injury.

  • Ilenewells

    Aw c'mon...they liked it, see? The little people liked being tossed around like a sack of potatoes! They like being called midgets....they like being demeaned and belittled (pun intended) by a hoard of drunken bar patrons!

    Too bad giants don't really exist and then we could have them tossing a bunch of former football players around for fun...I'm sure they wouldn't mind...