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.

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

  • 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



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    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.

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

  • Johnson needs to be forbidden from speaking at all….

  • MarkJ

    Actually, Hank was referring to “Gidget” because he just looooooooves Sally Field and wants to be her moondoggie.

  • Patty

    “What a complete nut.”

    Yes, but how doesn’t someone this guy’s age and in a leadership position and black, hasn’t a clue that calling little people midgets went the way of calling Indians, redskins or Black people the n-word. Seems since every word we say is being scrutinized these days by the left especially, well it stand to reason the those who thought up PC and whom I would guess are BIG FLAMING LIBERALS, should know better. But for the liberal it is okay to call names, until they are forced to apologized, as insincere as it is.

  • MAJMike

    We don’t say “midget”. We say “little people”. Congress is apparently filled with mental little people.

  • Patty

    ot and the showers are tonight and tomorrow night. So, watch it if you can.

    “Defying Explanation” Geminid Shower Yours for the Watching Tonight

  • Patty

    #24 December 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm
    MAJMike commented:

    😆 isn’t that the truth.

  • Sasja

    midget, midget, midget, midget, midget.

  • paul52

    I feel ashamed. I’ve been going to ‘midget’ car races for over 50 years. (Sanctioned by USAC.) A former national champ lives in this county. I guess they’re just itty-bitty race cars now. Thanx, Hank.

  • Prosoldier

    I think he and other liberals should just play it safe and not speak! EVER!

  • Jet Jaguar

    It’s easy to see through Liberalism’s attempt to hijack not just certain words or phrases, but the English language itself. Once the government backed gatekeepers of language have complete say over what constitutes “hate speech”, anyone objecting to the Utopian Tide will be dealt with harshly.

  • L.E. Liesner

    Now you know why the House and Senate banned the word Lunatic!

  • if they can tell you what to say they can tell you what to think.

  • lIZ

    This poor man is mentally ill, and the main reason not many notice is because he hides among Washington D. C. politician types, if you know what I mean.

  • jdd

    He’s only a “nut” to complete politically-correct retards like yourself.

  • Pleasance

    I am wondering why “little” is acceptable. It infers that there is a normal – which certainly is not acceptable – so what really is “little” or “giant” or “super sized” or “undersized” or – – – –

    Why don’t the liberabls just try to grow up and stop this teenager behaviour.

  • Bob

    More from this idiot who was concerned about Guam tipping over. Another Congressional Black Congress member who himself is unqualified and voted by low education voters.

  • John Fembup

    Parker said” ” “What happens when you put a giant with a midget in a cage fight?” he asked rhetorically.”

    I am offended. As I stand 6’4” and I am deeply troubled by the divisive and exclusionary language used by this so-called representative of the people. Which people, exactly?

    Therefore I DEMAND that Parker apologize for the use of the code-word “giant” and that he promise never to use that disgusting word again.

  • MT Geoff

    We need useful terminology for some things and sometimes people have to decide that being recognized is not the same as being demeaned or insulted.
    The term “midget” used to have the very specific meaning of an individual of very small stature but of normal proportion (General Tom Thumb of Barnum’s show was a midget of this type). The term “dwarf” in medicine referred to individuals whose extremities had failed to grow normally but whose torsos were of normal size; these are far more common. THe term “Little People” could apply to both groups, but the groups are not the same.
    In the same way, the term “retard” as a noun was always meant to be degrading, but the term “mentally retarded” was an accurate description of people like my sister and it was a lot less insulting than “imbecile”. Now some people even take offense at the term “handicapped”, which is a value-neutral and accurate way of saying that some people have limits dealing with the world. They may be physical or mental, but they are real and changing the terminology leaves these people, well, handicapped anyway.

  • Beth just south of Berkeley and just east of San Francisco

    I can see where it would be considered offensive to call him a moral little person or a mental little person, though.

    How about: Eh, what a maroon!

    Pitchers and catchers report in a bit over a month and a half. I look forward to being called racist for saying GO, GIANTS!!!

  • Dennis

    How the hell is “little people” less offensive than “midget”? Half the time people insult each other they throw the adjective “little” in there somewhere! (“You little brat!” “You stupid little piece of ****!” “You little nothing!”)

  • If there is one thing I hate more than thin-skinned crybabies, it’s the wusses who apologize for having offended said thin-skinned crybabies.

    So there!