| | ONE AND A HALF The comment that had everyone puzzled - how do you sign half a player, unless it was a heightist
comment aimed at players of Angelino's 5ft, 5ins stature?
Which may seem like an easy option just as long as the joke isn't sexist, racist, homophobic, fattist, thinnist, heightist
or touches on any subject with which someone might take offence.
' jokes are cracked at the expense of Prince Charming, played by James Hedley, who has a fine singing voice and also appears with a guitar at one point to treat the audience to a Back To The Future-style rendition of Johnny B Goode.
So besides having to take care we're not inadvertently guilty of racism, sexism, ageism, anti-Semitism or Islamaphobia, we now have to beware of being heightist
Even today our heightist
society ensures that, on average, short people are paid less than tall people.
SIR - After Mr Mathias's ageist, heightist
and regionalist comments, it's a wonder that I don't feel need to call my local community outreach officer for counselling.
"I mean I'm not ageist...or heightist
. If I like someone that's all that counts."
I'm ageist, weightist, racist, gingist (prejudice against those with ginger hair and white eyelashes) heightist
and generally speaking, I don't like anyone.
Exploiting their racial differences to the comedy hilt, they make the kind of politically incorrect gags that would be dubbed both racist and heightist
if they weren't granted immunity by their dual ethnicity.
" ideal proclaims that, "To be tall is good and to be short is to be stigmatized," particularly for males (Allen & Fost, 1990, p.17).
But if my identification with Stockton is racist, it is no more so than my identification with the Toronto Raptors' 5'10" (tiny by NBA standards) Damon Stoudamire, another of my favorite players, is heightist
. I like Stoudamire, who is black, because he's short like me.
In a "heightist
" culture, increased height provides a competitive advantage, and in that sense enhances an individual's opportunity for success in competitive endeavors.