'Midget Cup' racing dwarfs provokes uproar
Horse racing officials in Australia have come under fire for racing dwarfs in a competition called the 'Midget Cup'.
The race, held at the Cranbourne Cup to promote the state of Victoria's annual carnival, involved three men charging down a 50-metre course with dwarfs dressed in jockey silks riding piggyback.
It has been criticised by government officials just days after an Australian talent show courted controversy for airing a comedy skit involving dancers wearing afro wigs and black-painted faces to impersonate the late pop star Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5.
Victorian racing minister Rob Hulls told state radio: "Well look, there's often a fine line between a bit of fun and a silly stunt and I think this falls into the latter category.
"I mean the Midgets' Cup for goodness sake. It's certainly no way of promoting this great Spring Carnival right around the world, right around Australia and right throughout Victoria."
Stuart Laing, marketing manager at Racing Victoria, said the race was intended as "harmless fun".
He said: "We understand that you can't please everyone and if anyone's offended by the events of Sunday then we apologise to them."
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