February 17th, 2012 by faye
TV host Chelsea Handler and comedienne Rosie O’Donnell are currently under hot water after the two women mocked and chided America’s little people.
It all happened during one segment of Rosie O’Donnell’s show called ‘The Rosie Show, where her guest is Chelsea Handler. The two talk show hosts went on discussing their differing opinions of little people or midgets. Chelsea Handler says she loves them, while Rosie O’Donnell, on the other hand, is afraid of them.
“I’m a little ashamed about it [but] I have a mild fear or anxiety around little people,” host and comedienne Rosie O’Donnell admitted before asking Chelsea Handler frankly, “Would you ever do a little person?”
Chelsea Handler immediately responded, “No, that would be child abuse. I’d never do that.”
“That’s half my issue,” Rosie O’Donnell replied. “The problem with me is I can’t put the two things together. This is an adult person, a little person … it’s so hard for me.”
However, Chelsea Handler has a different take on the matter.
“I love little people. I want to tackle them. I see them and I want to hold myself down. I bite Chuy [Bravo] sometimes. … He’s so cute and that’s my ultimate body. If you’re going to have a little person, I want that shape, the corpulence,” 36-year-old Chelsea Handler said.
Due to such bluntness, both comments of Chelsea Handler and Rosie O’Donnell are a big issue for Little People of America, a support group for Americans of short stature due to dwarfism.
Spokeswoman Leah Smith said both remarks from Chelsea Handler and Rosie O’Donnell are equally offensive, but in different ways, so the group has taken the steps of sending separate open letters to Chelsea Handler and Rosie O’Donnell to make their concerns known.
“We decided to separate the two because they are both equally offensive, but separate. Handler used a lot of ‘pity rhetoric’ when discussing Chuy, saying he couldn’t get a job if not for her. For the record, we’re not in need of ‘getting saved.’ We are capable of being successful in any job,” Smith told HuffPost Weird News. “
While Chelsea Handler often asks her personal assistant, Chuy Bravo, to do things like dress up in baby clothes, Bravo publicly said he has no problems with it, and that it’s part of the job. For that reason, Smith said the Little People of America has no problems with him choosing to take the job.
However, Little People of America has a bigger concern with the comments of Rosie O’Donnell, because she attributes her feelings to heredity.
“My Nana was afraid of the ‘Wizard Of Oz’ munchkins,” Rosie O’Donnell told Chelsea Handler.
Smith says the comedian is perpetuating “fear-based attitudes.”
“Instead of perpetuating these fears, let’s learn how to accept differences,” Smith said.
In behalf of Little People of America, Smith also said the group is angry, but does not plan a boycott of either TV hosts.
Calls to Chelsea Handler and Rosie O’Donnell regarding the controversy have not been returned yet.