Remember me. Forgot your password? Subscribe today to gain access to every Research Intelligencer article we publish as well as the exclusive daily newsletter, full access to The MediaPost Cases , first-look research and daily insights from Joe Mandese, Editor in Chief. One of the things I have observed over the years about the evolution of TV content is this phenomenon: Ideas that you joke about because they seem too far-out to ever really become TV shows actually do become TV shows eventually. It is also true that in the main, the little people seen on TV -- both then and now -- are being showcased respectfully.
Dwarf-date show sparks controversy
THE LITTLEST GROOM
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While some audiences may snicker at the spectacle of a dozen dwarf women competing with average-sized females for the affections of a 4-footinch bachelor, LPA president Matt Roloff said the Fox show may benefit people of short stature by depicting them as regular folks "just being themselves. Fox said this week that it would air the show, essentially a dwarf version of ABC's "The Bachelor," as a two-part special next month on February 16 and February The announcement sparked a flurry of angry letters to the LPA from little people and their parents and a debate within the Portland, Oregon-based organization over its response to the show, Roloff said. Roloff credited the producers of the show for consulting with his group in an apparent effort to develop and promote the show in a sensitive manner. While the LPA neither supports nor endorses the program, Roloff said he would withhold judgment until he sees it.
So, dear readers, it has finally come to this. The reality show genre, which up until now has been merely obnoxious and crude, has now passed into a world where even UPN fears to tread. The glorious, Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox Network let us never forget this fact , has now given us a dating show — or, to be more specific, a show with marriage as its stated goal — for midgets.