Although I doubt it will change the world, I did my part yesterday to stand up and challenge at least one bully.
There has been a news story here in Quebec, about a comic by the name of Mike Ward. Mike had to pay a fine according to a judgement laid out by a human rights tribunal. The reason for this fine was that Mr. Ward made some nasty jokes about a young disabled boy.
This tribunal decision released an avalanche of social media on both sides of the “freedom of speech/don’t be an a-hole” coin, a debate I do not want to add to. What I did instead was offer myself up as a sacrificial lamb to the comic “genius” of Mr. Ward. I wonder if he’ll ever have the guts to take me up on that offer?
Here’s the letter that I posted on Mike Ward’s Facebook page, and that is printed on page A7 of today’s Montreal Gazette, Friday, July 29, 2016:
Willing to be Ward’s next punchline
I’m here to make you a deal Mr. Ward. I offer myself as a sacrificial lamb just for your comedy show Mr. Ward. I’m a 53 year old dwarf. I have tons of surgical scars, a crooked spine, stubby fingers, club feet, and knobby knees. Oh, and I’m really REALLY short, that’s a great thing to make fun of, and always gets the crowd laughing.
And I’m a Montreal celebrity too, according to your definition, so, I am “fair game”: I have been a guest on CBC Radio and CJAD. I am also a self-published author, and a blogger.
Here is my challenge: I promise you Mr. Ward, if you make fun of me in your act, I’ll never sue you, or take you to a human rights tribunal. Just leave the children alone, and donate ALL of your crowdfunding to a good cause.
Snarky, the eighth dwarf.