GREEN DAY STAR’S SMALL TALK UPSETS MIDGETS

Mike Dirnt is forced to apologise to those short in stature...

Green Day bassist MIKE DIRNT has been carpeted by an organisation called LITTLE PEOPLE OF AMERICA for a song of his extolling the virtues of midget-tossing.

‘Great Australian Midget Toss’, a track recorded by Dirnt‘s side project The Frustrators, was aired on June 19 during a play-off final for the not so vertically-challenged National Basketball Association in LA’s Staples Centre.

The not-so politically correct tune includes lyrics such as “Hate to land them on their face/Those little guys are hard to replace”. The irony was not lost on the organisation who released a statement saying, “This sends out a the wrong message to short-statured individuals and their families. The fact that it was used as a taunt at a major sporting event only makes it worse.”

A spokesperson for the centre, home of local heroes the LA Lakers who were playing, said the song had been played in error after a mix-up in the sound booth. Dirnt too was quick to back track, offering an explanation and apology through The Frustrators website [url=]www.thefrustrators.com.

“We have no problem with people of short stature or any other stature,” it reads. “For the record I would like state firmly that The Frustrators think violence is stupid and that we have a sense of humour about ourselves and the world. If anyone has taken offence at our jokes, we do apologise for the misunderstanding.”