Florida Representative Ritch Workman has dropped an attempt to repeal legislation on dwarf tossing after creating a lot of controversy. The state decided to make it a law in 1980 against bar attractions where participants wear padded clothing or Velcro costumes as they are thrown onto mattresses or Velcro-coated walls.
Last November Rep. Workman thought the law banning the pastime was unneeded and just put some little people out of work, even though the law banning ‘dwarf tossing’ was initiated by the ‘Little People Of America’ organization.
“I’m on a quest to seek and destroy unnecessary burdens on the freedom and liberties of people,” he told the Palm Beach Post, at the time. “This is an example of Big Brother government.”
One little person, David Flood from Tampa believed that he should have the freedom to decide if he can be tossed and earn the money for it or not, and that decision should not be made for him by the government.
However, Workman now says he has decided to drop the repeal fight after being contacted by the ‘Little People Of America.’
“I find the practice of dwarf-tossing repulsive. I would never go to an event. But what I found more repulsive is that in 1980, this state decided that a person of sane mind — a full human with a full human mind — could not make their own decision to act like a fool,” he told Florida Today, before explaining why he decided to drop the proposed repeal.