Since cultural sensitivity is a common trait of the circles in which I run, I'm careful about what I say in public. (Ha ha ha ha ha...no, seriously...ha ha ha ha ha...no, no, no, I'm serious...ha ha ha ha ha!)
So when I saw Michael DeAntonio's repeated use of the word "midget" in his most recent Bamboo Nation post ("101 Reasons Why 'Lord of the Rings' Sucks"), I was immediately put on high alert because I do believe "midget" is a derogatory term for little people. (I learned that on The Celebrity Apprentice—don't ask.)
But I let Michael's post slide because he was referring not to real little people but to Hobbits.
So: is the term "midget" offensive when it's applied to fictional creatures from a fictional place called "Middle-earth"? Or does political correctness transcend realities?
Oh, the complicated issues we face every day here on Bamboo Nation!