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Kingdom of the Little People: Thumbs Up or Down?

Have you ever wanted to see little people (aka dwarves, midgets, wee ones, etc) perform for you in a zoo-like setting?  Well, now’s your chance.  Thanks to China!

Hello!

In Kunming, China, a man named Chen Mingjing has created a theme park called the Kingdom of the Little People where dwarves perform a silly version of Swan Lake for visitors dressed in pink tutus.

Awesome.

And that’s not all.  Mingjing has even bigger plans.  From the New York Times:

Imagine a $115 million universe in miniature, set amid 13,000 acres of rolling hills and peaceful lakes in southern China’s Yunnan Province, with tiny dogs, tiny fruit trees, a 230-foot-high performance hall that looks like the stump of a prehistoric tree and standard-size guest cabins.

Also, a black BMW modified to resemble a flying saucer, from which dwarfs will spill forth to begin their performances.

“It will be like a fairy tale,” Mr. Chen said. “Everything here I have designed myself.”

Excellent.  Nice to know aliens are fans of time-tested German engineering.  But, as you can imagine, the theme park has met with a lot of criticism, claiming the park objectifies little people and demeans them.

Mingjing counters with the fact that all performers are willing and paid participants and that he has met with a lot of interest from others who wish to be a part of the park in the future.

It’s an interesting question, and one I pose to you.  If the performers are willing to participate, can you really condemn their activities?  At the same time though, the entire thing sounds a bit creepy and exploitative.

What do you think?

–Cap’n Blackjack

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  1. himyaosui2
    March 4, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I fully agree with your observations, yet what people in the West must realize is that in other parts of the world people have differing views and not all people are alike. In America, we think that a good set of legs, a pretty face, and a great body is sexy. In Japan the neck to them is their standard of sexuality.

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