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Peter Dinklage’ Golden Globes acceptance speech: Who is Martin Henderson?


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While accepting the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a TV movie, mini-series or series, “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage name-dropped one Martin Henderson.” So who is he?

Henderson — like Dinkledge — is a little person, and he claims that he was left partially paralyzed on his birthday when a drunken stranger outside a bar tossed him through the air as a joke. According to the 4-foot-2 man, the three-feet fall caused him to lose sensation in his back and legs shortly after the incident.

Dinklage is likely looking to raise alarm over the controversial act of “dwarf tossing,” often done humorously as a light sport. Typically the little people are wearing extra padding or Velcro, and are thrown onto mattresses or against Velcro-covered walls. Even in the most practiced settings however, the act is potentially very dangerous. It is illegal in most U.S. states, but in 2011 one Florida legislator generated headlines by proposal the ban be lifted. “Dwarf tossing” is also outlawed in some countries.

Henderson blamed the attack on English rugby players who, earlier in the year, attended a World Cup celebration that featured dwarf tossing. The team denies the charge.

Dinklage won the Golden Globe for his role as the affable but outcast nobleman Tyrion Lannister in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” The actor has become a cult favorite over the years, and has assembled a new legion of fans through his work on the fantasy series, which is based on the George R.R. Martin novels.

Do you agree with Dinklage that action should be taken to prohibit “dwarf tossing”? Let us know in the comments below.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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