Sonoma County Fair to host controversial wrestling event despite objections

1 August 2023

A Sonoma County Fair event featuring professional wrestlers will go on this week despite recent calls to cancel the show by two disability rights groups.

Little People of America and the Marin Center for Independent Living sent a letter July 25 to Fair CEO Becky Bartling and to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors urging the fair to cancel Thursday’s “Midget Wrestling Warriors” event.

In the letter, Eileen Norman, the president of Little People of America, wrote “Our opposition is not solely about the use of the “m”[slur] and its offensiveness, it is to the show itself — which is a visual expression of bias — and the marginalization it incites from the audience members. The visual performance showcases disabled persons chosen specifically for their disability as a form of entertainment.”

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