Jonathan Novick, a 22 year old man who was diagnosed with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism when he was young, recently released a documentary, Don’t Look Down On Me onto the interwebs. It’s truly an eye opener. With a hidden camera, Novick allows viewers to truly take a walk in his shoes as he shows the world the abuse he is constantly subjected to by the people he encounters.
“I wanted to stop telling people what happened to me and I wanted to start showing people what happened to me,” Novick said.
His childhood seems like a fairly average one, but the really hard hitting stuff comes with his move to New York City. People take photos of him on the subway without permission. He is called a bunch of names, including “short stuff”, and “midget”. He is always asked if he’s on the show “with the little people”. It’s truly terrifying stuff.
“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 all the events of their life leading up to that point and think about their day. Think about what part of their day do you want to be?” Nicely said, Mr. Novick. Something to think about for the rest of the day for the rest of us.