One of my favorite Twitter feeds is Ned Rolsma’s @imsevenfeet, which is filled with tweets about people’s reactions to his height (and, often, his responses). Some recent ones:
“Excuse me! HEY! Do u play basketball?” – 2 ladies behind me in #UnionStation. “HELLLOOOO!” Blew em off, didn’t wanna assume they meant me.
“Hey, if we need to get anything up high we can just grab him!” – guy in Toys r Us, to lady at other end of aisle. #BlackFriday
Ned — an actor who got his broadcast journalism degree from the University of Tennessee a decade ago — tells me he came up with the idea of tweeting reactions to his height about three years ago.
I was going through a stretch where I carried a bit of a bad attitude about the barrage of “HTRU?”s & other height related remarks that follow me anytime I walk out the front door.
I became overly self-conscious and took the constant attention and scrutiny very personally; generally feeling picked on, mocked, and made fun of. A good friend of mine suggested I do something fun and creative with it; make a game of it, as sort of a therapeutic way to disengage from taking it all too seriously and to share with people the litany of comments and reactions I get that run the gamut from warm, genuine, and kind, to hilarious and off-the-wall, to rude, ignorant, and thoughtless.
He says “people of all varieties and walks-of-life” bring up his height. “Boy, if I had a nickel for every ‘It’s good to be tall!’ I hear, and I find that fascinating,” he tells me in email. “It’s something I want to get to the bottom of and maybe shine a light in there, help people get past it and the other apparent ‘differences’ we have between us, and shift the focus back to that which makes us all exactly the same.” Read More