WHALEYVILLE – The Oasis Bar ‘N’ Grill in Whaleyville still plans to host a “Midget Paintball Manhunt” despite an online petition and backlash from those calling for it to be cancelled.
Last year, Oasis owner Bob Riccio cancelled and apologized for similar events featuring little people and the use of the word “midget” during an annual, unaffiliated bike week celebration after receiving criticism and backlash from community members and the Little People of America (LPA) Ches-Del-Bays Chapter.
Lizzy MacDonald, a Delaware resident and Ches-Del-Bays Chapter president, said she started a petition to permanently stop the events from happening at the Oasis after hearing of its return this year. As of Tuesday, the petition has received more than 500 signatures.
“Normally when you apologize, you mean it,” she said. “If he was sincere, he wouldn’t have it again.”