Little People UK were contacted by BBC Radio 2 - The Jeremy Vine Show and The Scottish Sun, for their views on a recent Social Media comment; we responded with the following statement -
'We appreciate how difficult it may be to judge a persons age, whatever their height, and we are acutely aware that it can be even more difficult when faced with a person with dwarfism. These situations can innocently arise, however we would encourage that upon realisation, understanding be given by both parties and the situation left to one side. This particular incident involving Michelle Mone appears to have been a genuine mistake. However, what makes this simple mistake into something that could be hurtful to people with dwarfism is the lack of remorse shown by Michelle Mone. She has used her Twitter reach of 1M followers to do nothing more than inflame the situation. She could have issued an apology for any offence caused to the man she picked up, citing this as a mistake, but instead she chose to take advantage of the incident for her own PR ends. She has even ‘pinned’ the Tweet to her profile to gain maximum exposure. The real victim here is the gentleman she picked up, who deserves a full and frank apology.'