When Did Dwarfs And Midgets Become Little People?

I appreciate that each sub culture in society reserves the right to be referred to by whatever name they choose. In this case, I am just trying to understand the relative value in changing the name. It may be that there is a physical difference between dwarfs, midgets and little people. I could Wiki it but I am too lazy.


I know that the term dwarf has been around a long time. Snow White had 7 of them. In her case, I think the term would be “tiny slaves”. Don’t kid yourself. Snow White had those little dudes tied around her finger by acting like they could actually “get some” if they played their cards right. It was never going to happen. Let’s be honest…Snow White was a whore.


In the Wizard of Oz, little folks were called Munchkins (I think after the little donuts that Dunkin Donuts makes). Same themes as Snow White…do what Dorothy wants and you might be able to hit that. To be fair, she also played the same game with the Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion. I am pretty sure the Tin Man and Scarecrow didn’t have ding dings so that was never going to happen anyway. The fact that they encouraged bestiality back in the day was pretty remarkable. I think they got away with it because the Cowardly Lion was obviously gay. 


In Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, the little people were purple and called Oompa Loompas. I believe that the “artist formerly known as prince” got his first acting job there. If my memory serves me correct, the Oompa Loompas kidnapped the fat kid and had their way with him. Kind of a chocolate version of “Deliverance”.


I don’t know when dwarfs started being called midgets but I think it was around the time of Fantasy Island. Herve Villechaize was this creepy little satanic dude that was always trying to get busy with the ladies. They would be nice to him but why go with him when you could have Ricardo Montalban instead?


Probably in the 90’s someone decided to change the terms midget to little people. Little people seems like an odd choice. Aren’t children little people? Why lump yourself in with them? There is a show on now about a family of little people. I have never watched it because, not to be mean, watching little people climb up on a chair or into their car is not exactly “must see” TV.


I will say that Vern Troyer does a great job in representing little people. He’s famous; gets drunk on a half glass of wine and will put his tiny ding ding anywhere he can. Any small people that make porn movies are alright in my book.


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One Response to When Did Dwarfs And Midgets Become Little People?

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Sing along to Randy’s song:

    Short People got no reason
    Short People got no reason
    Short People got no reason
    To live

    They got little hands
    And little eyes
    And they walk around
    Tellin’ great big lies
    They got little noses
    And tiny little teeth
    They wear platform shoes
    On their nasty little feet

    Well, I don’t want no Short People
    Don’t want no Short People
    Don’t want no Short People
    Round here

    Short People are just the same
    As you and I
    (A Fool Such As I)
    All men are brothers
    Until the day they die
    (It’s A Wonderful World)

    Short People got nobody
    Short People got nobody
    Short People got nobody
    To love

    They got little baby legs
    And they stand so low
    You got to pick ’em up
    Just to say hello
    They got little cars
    That go beep, beep, beep
    They got little voices
    Goin’ peep, peep, peep
    They got grubby little fingers
    And dirty little minds
    They’re gonna get you every time
    Well, I don’t want no Short People
    Don’t want no Short People
    Don’t want no Short People
    ‘Round here

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