Walter Mencken 9:21 p.m., Oct. 20
Sizist Snow White Doesn't Stand Up for Little People
Somewhere in heaven Billy Barty and Meinhardt Raabe are shaking their wee fists. When Little Oscar heard the news, he swerved the Wienermobile off an embankment while on his way to christen a new Piggly Wiggly in Littlestown, PA.
Eight vertically challenged thespians are out of work because Paramount Pictures in their stead decided to cast average sized actors to play opposite Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman.
It is an outrageous display of institutional sizism and one that brings me this-close to calling for a boycott of the film.
Would sensitive viewers tolerate a contemporary Hollywood release that features a Caucasian performer pulling a Jolson by smearing burnt cork across their face to mimic an African-American? (Okay, Robert Downey pulled it off in Tropic Thunder, but you know where I'm going with this.)
Does this shocking ad for Jerry Lewis' Hardly Working make your head swim? (Not Jerry's stereotypical depiction of a buck-toothed Asian fry-cook, but the fact that Germans shelled out $2,348,000 to see it.)
What next? Richard Gere as a Jew? Wait a minute...there was that Clifford Irving biopic a few years back.
There are precious few roles to go around for little people and I for one want Marty Klebba to get as much work as possible. Don't let the Hollywood big shots dwarf his dream. Remember, if you outlaw little people as actors, only outlaws will play little people.
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