I just heard some AWFUL news that has really upset me… did you hear Peter Dinklage’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday? If you did… you would have probably also heard the cryptic reference to a “gentleman in England”. I didn’t know what this was referring to and didn’t take a lot of notice. Now, reports are out about what the secretive mention was referring to…
Peter Dinklage was (rightfully I think) given the award for Best Supporting TV Actor in the show, Game Of Thrones and in his acceptance speech he told everyone that he was thinking about a certain “gentleman in England”. Instead of explaining the reference, he told the audience to “Google him” and of course given how many people watch the Golden Globes across 190 countries, within a few minutes the unknown man in England’s name was trending on Twitter.
So, who was the mystery man that Peter was acknowledging? Martin Henderson is a fellow dwarf, like Peter, and an aspiring actor. He was badly injured after a stranger “picked him up and threw him in England last October. He has not been able to walk properly since the incident”. It gets worse – the reason he believes he was “thrown” in this way is because the attack was inspired by English rugby players, who attended a dwarf-tossing contest during the rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
This has got to be one of the most awful, sad and despicable things I have ever heard! To treat a man that way, simply because of the way he was born, is just plain horrible. Peter is the first one to use humor and has played some hilarious dwarf characters, for example, he was great in 30 Rock with Tina Fey (did you see this episode?) – but self deprecating humor is on a whole other page to disgraceful social behavior. I am ashamed of the English Rugby boys – shame on you!
I think Peter is a bit of an inspiration- he has risen to become a highly sought after actor, has embraced his dwarfism to propel his career, and to raise awareness of the condition. He also has a full and wonderful personal life – having just had a baby with his wife Erica. Congrats to you both!