Post by Heightism Report on Nov 6, 2019 21:25:40 GMT
For those who don't know, Jose Altuve is a short guy who happens to be one of the best major league baseball players alive. Altuve has publicly spoken about how when he was a minor league prospect, he was often ignored for less talented prospects. When I say "ignored," I don't mean passed over for playing time, I mean that he literally got snubbed by the team's brass when they would pass him in the hallway, etc. After one of this year's World Series games where Altuve was the hero, he was about to speak and one of his teammates walked up behind him and picked him up as though he were a child. While I was looking for that video, I found this video, which illustrates the same narrative in action. Notice how while the announcers were ridiculing Altuve's height "He looks up to Cabrera in more ways than one," Cabrera picks Altuve up. It was a simultaneous double-dip of heightism on tv for all to see.
So, to tie everything up nicely, you have a player who is constantly ridiculed by announcers, in addition to having his personal space violated and his manhood questioned by people always physically picking him up. Also, you have the same player admitting that his height has caused him a lot of animus within the organization, yet, as short men, we're supposed to believe that being picked-up and ridiculed by announcers is "all in the name of innocent fun." without any actual negative consequences. Sorry, we're not buying that obvious foolishness.
Post by supportfortheshort on Nov 7, 2019 20:42:44 GMT
I have new for everyone who reads this message board. This sort of thing is not going to stop anytime soon.
Jose Altuve did not/is not/will not do anything about this stuff. It's all good-natured kidding, or at least that's the way it's viewed by all concerned including Altuve it would appear. He makes enough money (over $9 MILLION/YEAR) to just ignore incidents like this. He's got to remain within the good graces of those players larger than him (99.9% of MLB), and also remain within the good graces of the media and the public. God-forbid he were to use the word 'heightism' and say that he's been discriminated against because of it. However Jose Altuve does not represent 99.999% of short men in the World. Ninety-nine point nine, nine, nine percent of all short men do not have his success. The Fools who use him as a role model for short men and the short idiots who use him as a role-model for themselves and other short guys are only fooling themselves - something they're very good at already. Less than one out of a million short guys have any chance whatsoever to achieve his success, and even if some do, they're still going to be victims of the kind of incidents that we see above. NO MATTER HOW SUCCESSFUL A SHORT MAN IS, there are still incidents of the the kind that you pointed out - zone of space violation, child-like treatment, and physical domination. The purpose of people lifting him off the ground is to re-affirm their own ego as larger men. It's like this, 'you're a great hitter, but I'm still in charge of YOU. I can't get too aggressive with you since you're so successful, so I'll just do this stuff "playfully" to maintain my own sense of superiority.' Of course we well know, that unless every short man is a Jose Altuve, the incidents are not usually so playful. In the REAL WORLD in which you and I live, the zone of space violations, physical assaults, discrimination in the work place are much more severe. And as heightism report says and knows, no matter how successful ANY SHORT MAN is, the media and everyone else engages in the same behavior; and they get away with it. And virtually all of these successful short men - Jose Altuve, Prince, Michael J. Fox, Mugsy Bogues, Mickey Rooney, Tom Cruise, etc. keep or have kept their mouths shut about heightism. They will not jeopardize their career or their money to be a Heightism Report or a SupportForTheShort. On the other hand we see Black athletes actively involved in racial matters, We see women actively involved in getting rights for women, and the same goes for members of other groups. We must never let the success of a small handful of short guys blind us to reality, and the reality is that short men as a group are 2nd class citizens in the World.
Post by Heightism Report on Nov 7, 2019 22:15:39 GMT
You're speaking the truth! Altuve has to walk on eggshells around this issue if he wants to remain favorable in the eyes of MLB, fans, and his teammates. He could go the Garmin route of Kevin Hart and self-deprecate, which would help guarantee that short men wouldn't move forward for another few decades. However, Altuve has decided to play the role of the "cool short guy who takes it in stride and doesn't raise any fuss by demanding respect." At a bare minimum, Altuve did at-least admit that he has faced discrimination on account of his height, thus, he has done more than 99% of other famous short men have done, but he knows not to get too far "out of line" by talking about the issue with any sort of depth. Altuve knows that he is not allowed to cross a certain line, thus, he has just decided to take the disrespectful treatment with a smile and go quietly to the bank with his millions. In this way, he's no different than millions of other short men who don't have the gall to actually challenge the status-quo, which is why they opt for individualistic solutions to "trick" people into respecting them. They want to try to beg their way into the "real man" fraternity by lifting weights, wearing designer clothes, or, in the case of those who follow Altuve's lead, they want to show how cool they are by taking their second class citizenship with a smile. As Joe was saying, almost no one will ever reach the fame and fortune that Jose Altuve has achieved. For this reason, the every day short man who wants to be the cool short guy that doesn't raise a fuss stands to gain nothing for his giddy complacency. He doesn't have millions of dollars and celebrity status to fall back on, therefore, all he has is a whipping boy status that will never serve to reward him in any tangible way. For this reason, using short celebrities as an example of how to overcome heightism is a silly tactic. When people like Prince and Altuve admit that they have been discriminated against, what chance do regular short guys have to avoid the same discrimination without the safety nets that celebrities have? I remember when a local radio station was giving away Bruno Mars tickets on St Patty's Day with the punchline being "let's celebrate leprechauns by giving you tickets to see one perform live." Kevin Hart is rich and famous at the expense of all short men, then you have guys like Altuve, Prince, Bruno Mars, and Tom Cruise who are kept in their place due to their height, yet, we have average Joe short guys claiming that they're going to escape heightism by being "inspired" by famous short guys who don't escape heightism themselves. The level of delusion is sickening.
This is what happens when you're a succesful short man, especially in athletics. Others will try to do what they can to reestablish dominance. Another thing I've seen taller athletes do is pat the short athlete on the head. Make no mistake, such actions are "big brother" tactics. Much easier than trying to best the shorter man fairly. The short guy can't do anything about it either, or else he'll be labeled with short man syndrome.