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The word police are upset with mega-billionaire and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for saying the derogatory term “midget.” The preferred term is “little people.”
79-year-old Jones used the term when he was talking about Larry Lacewell, the former director of college and pro scouting for the Cowboys who died in May at the age of 85.
Jones reportedly said he wanted to “get me somebody, a midget” to dress like Lacewell and stand next to him at practices.
Little People of America criticized Jones in a statement to TMZ.
“Midget is a term that has widely been known to be derogatory for years and should be common knowledge to anyone in the public arena, such as Jerry Jones,” the Little People of America said.
“Ignorance at this point is simply not an excuse. Any use of this disparaging slur along with suggestions or insinuations that our stature exists for amusement is deplorable and inexcusable.”
“Those who use the term m—-t any terminology that further stigmatizes people born with dwarfism are asked to educate themselves to eradicate this word,” the organization said.
“Little People of America is asking Jerry Jones to issue an apology and vow to use appropriate terminology rooted in respect and dignity going forward.”
Jones apologized, saying, “Earlier today I made a reference which I understand may have been viewed as offensive. I apologize.”