Benidorm Pub Slammed For 'Midget' Shows
A British pub in Benidorm is being investigated for hate crimes after the boozer started advertising 'midget strippers' for hire to UK tourists.
According to the Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities (CERMI), authorities in Alicante have launched a case against Chaplin's bar.
A spokesperson for the group claimed the pub was offering customers the opportunity to rent people with dwarfism, with posters put up at the entrance to the bar and Facebook.
A photograph of the poster for the show, titled 'The Midget' - a derogatory term used for people with dwarfism - shows the performer dressed in different costumes, including that of Charlie Chaplin and Borat.
It also claims the man pictured is 'available for private hire' and mentions the option of a 'live strip show' - though it is not certain whether this would include the man pictured.
According to holidaymakers, Chaplin's is known for its live dwarf strip shows.
CERMI spokesperson Jesus Martin believes that the offer contravenes the UN's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and reported it to prosecutors in Alicante.
He said: "Dwarfism is a disability that it is still mocked, and practices like this make the stigma and stereotypes worse."
Earlier this year the bar's social media channel included posts offering a "Midget Stripper. Available for hire. Handcuff for an hour. Or private comedy striptease. Free shots included, message for details".
Critics have also slammed the pub for a sign outside which says: "Wanna rent a midget? Ask at the bar for details or message Facebook."
Felipe Orviz, lawyer for the Alpe Acondroplasia foundation, said: "They may have violated labour laws, but as well there is the possibility they committed a hate crime against disabled people."
However, despite the criticism, one of the bar owners, identified as Cayetano, defended their offer.
They said: "We only had one (dwarf) show, but we ended up cancelling it because people were not very open towards it.
"He was earning a wage, like a waiter or adult entertainer. This kind of thing exists everywhere for hen parties, look on the internet and you will see."
According to reports, a member of staff has told the newspaper, El Pais, that the 'service', which is understood to have been offered there for the past four years, had now been cancelled.
The investigation is ongoing.
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