You Won’t Believe What This Little Person Has to Put Up With Every Day

We live in a progressive time, right? And when you think of progressive cities in America, you think of NYC. But for some, this city’s progressiveness isn’t cutting it.

The term is dwarf or little person. One or the other is totally fine, just not midget,” Jonathan Novick explains in his video. “A lot of times midget is thrown around as the term to describe someone who has dwarfism. And not only is that incorrect, but it’s incredibly offensive.”

Meet Jonathan Novick who recently posted the illuminating 6-minute documentary titled Don’t Look Down on Me. In it, Novick candidly discusses what it’s like as a little person trying to go from point A to point B in New York.

I moved to NYC about a year ago and although I consider it ultimately a good experience it was made a lot more difficult because of my dwarfism.”

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Novick then describes how he got the idea to wear a hidden camera and record the interactions he faces each day:

I would have people that would take pictures of me on the subway. I would have people that would harass me. […] And it would continue happening and continue happening until it got to a point where I just got fed up with it.

I wanted to stop telling people what happened to me and I wanted to start showing people what happened to me. I wanted to show everyone what a day in my life was like.”

Here is that video. Skip to minute 4:02 to watch the hidden camera portion Jonathan is referring to:

Personally, I was horrified at what Novick has to endure everyday. ButI love how after all that — the taunting, the rude conversationalists — Novick chose to simply close out the documentary with this:

I don’t want to tell people what to do. But instead what I’ll do is I’ll ask. I’ll ask that the next time you see someone who is different than you,think about what their day might be like. […] Think about what part of their day do you want to be.”

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