November 2, 2010

A Letter to the Colbert Report

*I e-mailed this letter to the "Colbert Report" in response to the January 5th, 2010 show where the term 'midget' was used. Thought it expressed my views about the term and wanted to share.

Dear Ms. Luczak,

You are listed as the Director of the "Colbert Report" on the Comedy Central website. I am hoping you will take the time to read this e-mail and hear my concern for offensive language used Mr. Colbert on the January 5th airing of his show.

I consider myself a proud member of the Colbert Nation and an avid viewer of The Colbert Report. Mr. Colbert is a man of great intelligence. His show has won many prestigious awards for it's writing. However, on January 5th, 2010's show during Mr. Colbert's opening monologue commenting on the attempted terror attack on Christmas day he did not exhibit good taste. He discussed heightened securities at airports and used the word "midget." Even while he said it, he looked uncomfortable and slightly breaking his fake news anchor man character.

The Colbert show airs in New York City. As the staff may be aware, the Little People of America conference was held in Brooklyn, New York this past July. During the National Conference several leaders made public announcements about the little people community's distaste for the word "midget." Even my fellow friend, Mr. Clinton Brown appeared on the local NY1 news channel discussing that the word "midget" should not be used when referring to people of short stature. As a little person myself, I agree with Mr. Brown as well as thousand of other little people. 'Midget' has unfortunately been over used in comedic satire for too many years. Using a vulgar term to refer to a specific group of people should never be humorous. It is insulting.

Ideally, I would hope for a public apology issued by the Colbert Report. However, an e-mail response is still appreciated to know that I have at least been heard. Thank you for your time and attention.


~Kimberlee Van Der Wall
       a disappointed fan
New York, NY

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