While we’re still recovering from the Black Faces skit last Wednesday, Racing Victoria hits more controversy! Dwarf Racing!
The Horse racing season in Victoria has started and it all peaks at the upcoming Melbourne Cup Day in November (which is a public holiday just btw). Unfortunately, to promote the Spring Racing in Victoria, Cranbourne decided to have a race of their own over the weekend. A dwarf race!
Although the Minister for Racing in Victoria slammed the race as being in bad taste and the Premier of Victoria said that it was hurtful, most people are seeing it as a bit of harmless fun! As a matter of fact, one of the ‘jockeys’ defended his right to race.
Mr Hallam, the jockey had this to say:
“The best people to go into fight for that battle are the ones who are involved which I guess are dwarfs like myself,” he said.
“We were all told about the gig we were doing in the first place, we could have said yes or no and put our objections up, but we were all fine with it because we are entertainers.
“We’ve done a lot of work like this before, so that’s why we went along with it. It was handled very professionally.
“Everyone’s got their different sets of humours, some people find things funny, where others don’t, each to their own in that aspect I guess.”
Mr Hallam, 25, attracted publicity last year after photos of him pouring drinks down patrons’ throats at a bar in St Kilda sparked outrage and he has also appeared on television on The Footy Show.
He said he is in the process of starting his own business that will hire out dwarfs as entertainers.
Another “Storm in a Molehill”?