Jan 31, 2010

Revenge of the 'gingers'....

I'm English, with darkish brown hair (well it was when I was younger, it's more grey now!)...I know, you cry...surely you are a natural blonde?...well no, the collars and cuffs don't match as they say, however I'm happy in either guise...at least I'm not ginger... Whoah.. hold on a minute..this is a family friendly, dog loving, welcomes all comers sort of blog...what's your problem with ginger hair...? Well nothing, on other people, but being English there is a real stigmatism attached to being a red-head and I don't mean a wonderful titian either, I'm talking about pure blown ginger.

So surely I'm being 'hairist', in fact why are you even writing about it..?

Well firstly lets go back to why men and women in England with ginger hair are so outcast. I've never really understood it but my theories would point back to an age where people of Celtic origin were the enemy to many English, and as such the red hair would easily identify them, centuries later children in schools are literally victimised for the colour of their hair. If you are American or Canadien you probably think I'm exagerating but how would you like to have been the brunt of name calling (ginge, ginga, ging ,carrot top orange fanta pants ,ginger minge, ginger minger, ranga, firecrotch) and in some cases mindless violence just for the colour of your hair.
In 2009 Tesco's (our Walmart) was forced to withdraw a Christmas card which had the image of a child with ginger hair sitting on the lap of Santa Claus, and the words: "Santa loves all kids. Even ginger ones" after customers complained the card was too offensive...but they had probably sold loads before they had too..
It's not strange that there are few British celebs with ginger hair, the most famous probably being Prince Harry and Rupert Grint (Harry Potter fame), but most seem to dye it to 'get' on in life....
 Anyway I think its only England that has this aversion to Red Hair, there's even Redheadday, a Dutch festival that takes place each first weekend of September in the city of Breda, the Netherlands. The two-day festival is a gathering of people with natural red hair, but is also focused on art related to the colour red. Activities during the festival are lectures, workshops and demonstrations. The festival attracts attendance from thousands of genuine redheads from 20 countries and is free due to sponsorship of the local government.

Anyway where is all this leading...well I think that we are going to find out that the Ginger haired among us are the master race as a team of scientists have discovered that a 125 million year old dinosaur had ginger feathers...

Meet Sinosauropteryx, a very spiky little GINGER dinosaur.

So (me being the expert gene expert)  I have concluded that Ginger haired people were the true descendants from dinosaurs and the rest of us have been diluting the gene pool.
So it seems that Nicole, Harry, Seth and Linsey are natures true survivors and the rest of use are the throw backs...who'd have guessed it?

Hmmm...maybe I'm stretching it a little with Lindsey Lohan!


Brahm said...

Ooh, you had me until Lindsay Lohan!

I think the redhead aversion thing must be a UK thing, is first I have heard of it... and I can't believe that tesco had to pull that card off. How silly is that? We make blonde jokes and bald jokes and fat jokes all the time, why is this an issue? Just goofy.

Anonymous said...

'the collars and cuffs don't match' - Hahaha, I hadn't heard that one, in Oz we say 'the curtains don't match the carpet'! And red haired kids here often cop the nickname 'Bluey' And what about getting called 'Rangers', does that happen anywhere else?

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