HuffPo – Peter Dinklage may have taken home the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, but the “Game of Thrones” star dedicated it to Martin Henderson, a fellow little person in England who was the victim of dwarf tossing when a man picked him up and tossed him while he was enjoying a night out in October.
While smoking a cigarette outside The White Horse in Wincanton on his 37th birthday, Henderson told “Metro” that a drunken stranger picked him up and threw him, causing him to land on his back, after falling three feet.
Henderson, an aspiring actor, then began to lose feeling in his lower back and legs. Now Henderson is partially paralyzed, due partly to an existing spinal condition. Henderson reportedly feels numbness in his lower back and legs, and he also struggles to maintain his balance, and walks with the aid of braces. For longer distances, he now uses a wheelchair, reports BBC News.
Love this. Gotta stick together. Here are three main reasons for this post:
First: I haven’t seen the Game of Thrones series yet because I’m waiting to finish the book series which I’m currently reading and it’s badass. Dinklage winning this award makes me fired up to read faster… and I love that he gave his fellow brethren a shoutout.
Second: Dwarf tossing is a real thing? Like, I’ve heard the term before, but I guess I’ve just never clicked through to read a story about it. I honestly didn’t know it was a bad thing. I thought it was some stupid, crazy competition like chasing rolls of cheese down a hill, or carrying your wife in a race, or riding a bike down a ramp through mud. I thought they volunteered for it and got big dudes to chuck them. In hindsight, that sounds idiotic… but so do all those other “competitions”. Like, it’s more shocking to me to find out that there are people that just go up to dwarves, pick them up, and throw them. WTF is that? Who are these people? I don’t care how drunk you are… if you pick up a dwarf and throw them… you’re a bad person. I’m all for second-chances and repentance and righting wrongs, etc… but I find it hard to believe that anybody that just walks up to a stranger that happens to be a dwarf, and proceeds to pick up and throw that person… is not going to hell.
Third: “Did you have to borrow a reindeer to get down here?” Everybody knows this is the “angry elf” from Elf right? Top 100 movie scene of all time. Thing is…I bet the line that Miles Finch dropped on Buddy just before kicking his ass is true about Dinklage in his real life. Dude is a pimp, pulls tail better than any lobster out there. “Hey, jackweed, I get more action in a week than you’ve had in your entire life. I’ve got houses in L.A., Paris and Vail. In each one, a 70 inch plasma screen. So I suggest you wipe that stupid smile off your face before I come over there and SMACK it off! You feeling strong, my friend? Call me elf one more time.” Jackweed. That’s my insult for this week. You piss me off, I can guaran-damn-tee you I’m calling you a jackweed.
You rule, Peter Dinklage.