There’s this weird thing happening in the world, something that makes me squirm. I’m not one to blow things out of proportion, and I make fun of myself all the time (seriously, I’m a ditz), but the whole ginger phenomenon is kinda…strange.
The ginger thing went viral with South Park, which translated into worldwide Kick-A-Ginger Day. I mean, kids actually got beaten up because of their hair colour. Of course, Hug-a-Ginger Day was established as retaliation, but it never really got any attention.
Then there’s this dude, the “GINGERS DO HAVE SOULS” dude. He doesn’t blink, EVER, throughout his speech. Whether it’s a sham or the real thing, he “unwittingly” started a viral campaign ridiculing redheads and ended up being the perfect representation of exactly what South Park was poking fun at. I mean, I laughed my ass off too. Well, first I cringed. Do you ever read those Youtube comments? Now there are T-SHIRTS.
The absolute most disturbing thing, however, is MIA’s incredibly controversial video for “Born Free.” Pretty sure it was yanked off Youtube for being too graphic, but the link I’ve included should work. Anyway, one of the Matador editors sent it around, so I started watching, realizing immediately why it was so controversial. And then, and THEN…the soldiers round-up a shit-ton of gingers, take them to a field, and shoot the hell out of them. Oh. My. God. Everyone else found it amusing, I wanted to hurl.
I’m not trying to be all “OMG we’re a visible minority, we deserve special rights!” or anything. But there’s something incredibly uncomfortable about being so singled out. I see it wherever I go, and for the most part, I LOVE it, but I’ve known more than one man who refused to a date a ginger. Just last week, Cailin and I walked into a bar and a drunk man standing by the door said, “I hate gingers.” He was joking, I think. But what are you supposed to say to that? Huh? On the other hand, I rarely walk anywhere without someone complimenting my roots. But holy hell, has the world gone mad?!
Thank GAWD someone created a redhead appreciation festival!