Short Man Gets Caked and Humilated By Entire Office
Description: "Richard/RICK: King of Sales - but also king of the SHORT MAN COMPLEX - overly aggressive, full of himself and totally conceited for someone who is only 5 ft 7 inches tall and often toxic. That's why we nicknamed him, "Little DICK!" We had a meeting that ended with a huge dessert spread provided to us by one of our clients. All day long Rick Addeo made fun of Gregg's weight saying he couldn't eat anything from the table. When Gregg went to partake in some cake, Rick thought he'd be clever and grab the cake from him. Gregg promptly creamed our little dick good!. The big issue was not smashing cake in Rick's face (long time coming), but that Gregg actually called Rick "Little Dick," right to his face (something that we NEVER do publicly). It got huge laughs - but exploded into a giant human resources issue by end of day! And our HR officer had trouble addressing it because she's called Rick, "LITTLE DICK" behind his back, too!
Do you think they would have humiliated this guy had he been 6'7?
"king of the SHORT MAN COMPLEX - overly aggressive, full of himself and totally conceited for someone who is only 5 ft 7 inches tall and often toxic."
As you can see, arrogant traits are reserved for tall men. If a short man behaves in such a manner, he must be put in his place.
This is assuming, of course, they weren't gunning for this man solely for his height. It's not rare to see short guys portrayed as villains in order for bullies to justify their heightism.
Even if he was a dick, apparently it's not okay to make fun someone for their weight (which can be controlled), but it's fine to demean a man for his (uncontrollable) stature. This is basically the equivalent of caking someone for their ethnicity, hair color, gender, etc.
Heightism is subtle. It's all "sub-conscious".