Dwarf tossing comes to London, PETA declines comment
By Marshall Bellamy
Dwarf tossing — a medieval Viking tradition proven more
prolific, and current, than other Viking favourites such as
raping, killing and pillaging — has finally come to London.
Tripod, a 4’8” dwarf weighing about 50 pounds,
is coming to a local bar tonight to be tossed to and fro by
the establishment’s eager patrons, said Jeffrey Baines,
co-owner of Club VIP, the bar where the event will be held,
adding there will be prizes for the best and farthest toss.
The intrepid little person will be put into a harness with
protective equipment and thrown into eight air mattresses to
cushion the force of the toss, he explained.
“We haven’t had any problems from city hall yet,” Baines
noted, indicating there was controversy brought up by party-poopers
in Windsor over Tripod’s act during the summer. He added
the state of Florida and a number of countries have banned
the practice of dwarf tossing, probably out of spite.
London Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco could not be reached for comment.
Baines said many bars are facing problems with attracting
customers, especially if they do not have patios for smokers. “With
the smoking bylaw, we need to be creative with our customers,” he
said. “We’ve got to do whatever we can to stay
“It’s just a form of entertainment. [Tripod] makes
a lot of money doing this, it’s just like boxing — [and]
this is what people want,” Baines said, attributing the
success and wide appeal of the sport of dwarf tossing to Howard
Stern in 1987. “But I guess it all goes back to Medieval
Baines pointed out that Tripod enjoys his craft, which provides
him with a supplementary income along with his full-time job.
The Gazette decided to contact People for the Ethical Treatment
of Animals for comment, but a spokesperson, who refused to
give her name, declined. “It has to involve animals in
order for us to make a statement,” she said.
“No. I don’t think it’s fair; it’s
cruel because it is another human being and we’re treating
them like toys,” said second-year biology student Samar
“I love tossing dwarves! But only of their own will,” noted
masters of chemical engineering student Jeff Wood.
“I’m tall, so it’s okay,” said fourth-year
chemical engineering student Alex Hansen.