A leading charity for people with dwarfism has slammed a Leave.EU social media campaign – which showed a photo-shopped image of the House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow MP, as a dwarf about to be thrown by a group of men, with the banner and hashtag ‘Turf Out the Dwarf’ – as ‘disgraceful’ and ‘disablist’.
The image and slogan were tweeted by @Leave.EU, supposedly in response to Mr Bercow’s recent comments about US President Donald Trump speaking in Parliament.
A RGA UK spokesman said: “Whatever your politics, we hope most people would agree that using the term ‘dwarf’ as a slur and celebrating – as this picture does – acts of physical violence against people with dwarfism is disgraceful and disablist.
“This isn’t about ‘political correctness’; it’s about dwarfism still being an acceptable target for prejudice and abuse.
“It’s a sad reminder that we still have far to go, as a society.”
At the time of writing, the Tweet can still be seen on the @Leave.EU twitter feed.
Dear friends, members, and supporters,
It is with a heavy heart that we have to tell you one of our well-known and much-loved members, Keith Hopkins, has sadly passed on.
Keith was an integral part of our community and our charity, for which he generously volunteered – often running our annual raffle – for many years. He was a kind and gentle character, genuine and welcoming.
We have now had confirmation about Keith’s funeral, which will take place on February 24th 2017.
If you knew Keith well and you would like to attend, please contact Adelina at RGA UK for further details (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you would like to, it was Keith’s family’s kind suggestion that friends and family donate to the RGA – instead of providing flowers.
His family have arranged for the funeral directors to handle donations, through Graham Sullivan Funeral Directors, Ty-Hedd Funeral Home, Myndd Garnllwyd Road, Morriston, Swansea, SA6 7QG.
RGA UK was close to Keith’s heart, as he was to ours. We will all miss him.
Please pass this information on to anyone you think would like to know.
We are sorry to have to share such sad news.
The team at RGA UK.
The RGA office will be closed from Thursday 22nd December 2016 to Thursday 5th January 2017. Happy holidays!
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