Rep. Hank Johnson Forswears Use of Term “Midget” in Future Speeches

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Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) promised to not to use the term “midget” in future speeches. Or, as he calls it, the “m-word.”
The Washington Post reported:

Turns out, the language one uses in speeches on the House floor is no small matter. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) today apologized for using what he terms “the m-word” during a speech the previous evening.

What is this shocking term? Midget.

The Georgia Democrat used the word — offensive to some, who prefer the term “little people” to describe those with dwarfism, he noted today — in a metaphor about the Michigan labor situation in which he made a point about an unfair matchup. “What happens when you put a giant with a midget in a cage fight?” he asked rhetorically.

Today, he said he has since learned that the language is “no longer socially acceptable,” much like the “n-word.”

What a complete nut.

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  • Tim

    Does that mean we’re not allowed to call Rep. Johnson a mental midget?

  • cavt

    Hard to keep up with what english words are now allowable and which aren’t.

  • RealMc

    I am not getting it…..

    An unusually small person.
    Very small: “a midget submarine”.

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  • Patriot Act

    Let’s inundate him with e-mailed complaints about his use of the “g” word, and see if he’s dumb enough to apologize for that tomorrow.

    You know, as in “g*ant, properly referred to as a large person?

  • bg



    did he call GUAM a midget island or what?? 😀


  • journeyman

    Same guy that was concerned about the island of Guam “capsizing.”

  • gastorgrab

    That’s the problem with being a liberal.

    With a new identity group being formed every 3.6 seconds, it’s hard not to offend one of them by just clearing your throat.

    If they really want to be respectful of ‘diversity’, they should recognize that every individual is culturally unique, and stop stereotyping people into the artificial monolithic groups that serve only a political purpose. It’s like they believe that all black men are the same, all white men are the same………..and that a person’s rights and political power are limited to what identity group he belongs to.

  • gastorgrab

    BTW, does Hank prefer ‘Idiot-American’, or has that ship sailed already?

  • squeaky

    for a representative from a group that is sensitive as to how they’re addressed……..the term midget is out [and has been for a while] and i believe the term is little people……
    [Rep. Hank Johnson (D-umbass) On Raising Taxes: “We All Do Better When The Money Is Circulating … So We Can Collectively Become More Wealthy”…]

  • dave

    Sad, a once great country going down the tubes…

  • ★FALCON★

    If Guam is loaded with midgets and not marines we won’t need to worry about it tipping over.

  • Steve

    Actually isn’t it a specific medical term, something like a midget is a normal sized person with short limbs, while a dwarf is a person who is small in general? Or is it the other way around?

  • ★FALCON★

    #13 December 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm
    Steve commented:

    Actually isn’t it a specific medical term, something like a midget is a normal sized person with short limbs, while a dwarf is a person who is small in general? Or is it the other way around?

    In Hank’s case – it’ having a cranium the size of a walnut.

  • http://none tommy mc donnell

    rep johnson is why we need to give our income to the politicans they are so much smarter then us.

  • dmacleo

    fu*k it I will use whatever word I want.
    if retard or midget bugs someone I do not care.
    anyone that allows a word, a string of letters, to have power over them is retarded and a mental midget.

  • squeaky

    [Little people are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to ban the use of the word “midget” on broadcast TV..]

  • bg



    [The new, upcoming DSM-5 “psychiatry bible,” expected to be released
    in a few months, has transformed itself from a medical reference manual
    to a testament to the insanity of the industry itself.]


    [Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed
    because they are “morally irrelevant” and ending their lives is
    no different to abortion, a group of medical ethicists linked to
    Oxford University has argued.]


    [“A man can marry a girl younger than nine years of age, even if the girl is still a baby being breastfed. A man, however is prohibited from having intercourse with a girl younger than nine, other sexual act such as forplay, rubbing, kissing and sodomy is allowed. A man having intercourse with a girl younger than nine years of age has not comitted a crime, but only an infraction, if the girl is not permanently damaged. If the girl, however, is permanently damaged, the man must provide for her all her life. But this girl will not count as one of the man’s four permanent wives. He also is not permitted to marry the girl’s sister.”]


    [“Speakers addressed the around 50 individuals in attendance on themes ranging from the notion that pedophiles are “unfairly stigmatized and demonized” by society to the idea that “children are not inherently unable to consent” to sex with an adult. Also discussed were arguments that an adult’s desire to have sex with children is “normative” and that the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) ignores the fact that pedophiles “have feelings of love and romance for children” in the same way adult heterosexuals and homosexuals have romantic feelings for one another.”]


    [The draft leaked to the newspaper offers a list of “taboo conversation topics” that soldiers should avoid, including “making derogatory comments about the Taliban,” “advocating women’s rights,” “any criticism of pedophilia,” “directing any criticism towards Afghans,” “mentioning homosexuality and homosexual conduct” or “anything related to Islam.”]


  • Rachelle

    The entire Congressional Black Caucus could safely be renamed the Congressional Idiots Caucus.

    Now I know why Reconstruction was such a mess.

  • Opaobie

    How many midgets “little people” does it take to tip over Guam?