In his acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the 2012 Golden Globes, “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage ended his speech with a mention of “Martin Henderson” and told everyone to Google it.
The resulting story is one of Mr. Martin Henderson being thrown by an attacker, which has left him with mobility problems and forced him to use a wheelchair. Police have not been able to identify the attacker.
The reason this is not your typical bar fight is because, like Dinklage, Henderson has a form of dwarfism. He also suffers from a spinal condition called spinal stenosis. Henderson told the BBC of the attack, “With the rugby one, the dwarf throwing… the guy might have thought, let’s try it out on him,” referring to a New Zealand bar that features a dwarf-throwing contest.
Dwarf tossing is a bar stunt wherein a little person wears padding or a Velcro suit and is thrown against mattresses or a Velcro-covered wall. The goal is to throw the little person the farthest. It was popular in the United States in Florida in the late 1980s, but has been illegal in Florida and New York since 1989.
Dwarf tossing is not illegal in any other states, that we could find. France and Canada are the only other countries to attempt to ban dwarf tossing, with a couple small French towns passing laws to ban it.