Thursday, 8 December 2011
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Friday, 24 June 2011
'Any sensitivities he had about his family or love life will be smashed open to see how he copes. Being called ginger is the least of his problems.'Source
Ross's father thinks the labelling of his son as 'Ginger Kid' was malicious.
'It is totally disgusting. You would not describe someone by the colour of their skin or by calling them fat so why is it okay to call Ross ginger?Domino's has apologised for causing upset but does not accept that the labelling was malicious.
'Surely if they were writing his name on the receipt it would have been easier to write Ross. That only has four letters. Why write Ginger Kid instead?
'I think they picked on him because he is just a lad and they knew he wouldn't defend himself.
'It is prejudice. There is no way this should happen from adults in a workplace.
'They offered him a free pizza but the damage has already been done and he doesn't want to go back in case it happens again.'
In reading this article, you can't help wondering if Barbara has considered the evolution of language. She uses the the phrase "paki kid" as a genuine example of prejudice. Originally, the word "paki" was a non-offensive way of describing a person from Pakistan (in the same way a Gam is from Gambia or a Scot is from Scotland). The word has since evolved and is now always considered offensive.
It's horrible to hear of children crying, but was "ginger kid" in this context malicious? The whole tone of the story is that Ross suffered some kind of sub-racist, or otherwise discriminatory, attack – almost on a level with "spaz kid" or "paki kid". Rather more likely is that the Domino's staff meant no offence – it was just a description of who the food was for.
Which raises the issue of who or what we are allowed to describe without getting our PC knickers in a twist. "This pizza is for that boy who has… erm, hair of a vivid colour, the shade most associated with fire and sunset; on an artist's palette you could mix it with yellow and get orange… ah, sod it, the pizza's gone cold!"
The word 'ginger' is evolving in the same way and in the same direction. Eventually, it is likely 'ginger' will be considered a derogatory word and the only unoffensive way to describe a person with red hair will be to call them a red head.
Friday, 27 May 2011
Promotion of the renamed event can be credited to Kiwi radio station The Edge.
Interestingly, the use of 'ginga', a word often considered offensive to red heads in the United Kingdom, has had a largely positive influence on red headed Kiwis.
According to 3news.co.nz, one participant says being called 'ginga' is "the ultimate compliment for a redhead". She continues, “This day is one of my favourites as I get gifts like Fanta, redbull, and gingernuts and receive the coolest compliments… this is one of the things that makes it great to be a ginge in NZ.”
Friday, 20 May 2011
Growing up with red hair, I’ve heard many associated nicknames — “flame brain,” “little red,” “carrot top,” “big red” and simply, “red” to name a few. All make me uneasy, but the one that comes the closest to a fighting word is “ginger.”Source
As soon as it rolls off the tongue, you know it isn’t meant as anything close to a compliment.
Groves's response? "He's called me ugly - wow! It doesn't really cut too deep. He's called me ginger - it's not the first time I've heard that. That's the level he's at as a human being, but I'm above all that."
Friday, 6 May 2011
Source: 2011 NFL Draft Round 1 Analysis: Why Carolina Took Cam Newton
Source: Gina Clark pleads not guilty to all charges in Barnstable Superior Court today
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
We know a good quarterback has to have a head for the game, but this is a little extreme. In discussing TCU product Andy Dalton’s NFL Draft potential, one scout recently told Sports Illustrated’s Peter King: “Has there ever been a red-headed quarterback in the NFL who’s really done well? It sounds idiotic, but is there any way that could be a factor? We’ve wondered.”Source: Talking Points: NFL scouts are seeing red
Friday, 15 April 2011
Anxious Red HeadsSource: How Hair Color Affects Your Health
Reds are often more anxious than other colors. That’s because the same genetic factors that control melanin production (the DNA that gives hair its color) also affect how your body manages stress.
“The genes responsible for the ability to produce anti-stress hormones live close to melanocortin-1 receptors,” says Margaret Lewin, M.D., a New York internist.
And sometimes the gene mutation that causes red hair can lead the anti-stress genes astray, too, and cause faulty production of anxiety-reducing hormones like pregnenolone. “The decreased production of anti-stress hormones leaves a redhead more likely to be stressed out,” Lewin says.
Red Heads Feel More Pain
Redheads may require up to 20% more local anesthesia (Novocain or other, similar pain-numbing drugs) than other colors, says the study’s lead researcher, Cleveland Clinic anesthesiologist Daniel Sessler, M.D.
That’s because redheads’ melanocortin-1 receptors (the DNA responsible for hair color) are malfunctioning. In fact, red hair itself is the result of a gene mutation.
Red Heads With Parkinsons
Redheads have nearly a 50% greater chance of developing Parkinson's than people with other hair colors, according to a 2009 Harvard Medical School study. People with black hair have the lowest chance, followed by brunettes, then blondes, researchers found.
The gene responsible for fiery hair hues is headquartered close to a gene that, if mutated, can increase the risk for Parkinson's disease. And proximity can be all it takes to make one gene affect another.
Friday, 8 April 2011
The American comedian and actress stripped down to a camouflage bikini on the beach in Florida yesterday, putting her enviably honed body on show for all to see.Source: A lesson in beach camouflage at 50
However, it wasn't the patterned two-piece she was wearing that helped her blend into her surrounds.
Rather, the red head's pale complexion saw her almost 'disappear' as she strutted along the white sand after taking a refreshing dip in the sea.
Friday, 1 April 2011
Congratulations to Louis CK for beating me to Best Stand-up at The US Comedy Awards. Greatly deserved. It’s about time that fat bald ginger cunt caught a break.Source: The Official Ricky Gervais Blog
He’s amazing on Talking Funny by the way.
Friday, 25 March 2011
"It was an office procedure, the doc asked me to stay put, and he left. Soon I could hear him on the phone in the room next to mine yelling," said Kleeberg, now Pierce County planning and land use director.Source: Not all redheads are feisty Irish -- or are they?
"I want that biopsy stat! This guy is not only a lawyer, he's a ******* redhead!"
Friday, 18 March 2011
Source: Gingers have no souls
Sunday, 13 March 2011
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Friday, 4 March 2011
I have a 6 year old daughter, during a school lesson about tolerance and accepting differences in people, the teacher singled her out to point out she had "ginger" hair as opposed to the rest of the class who had blonde or brown. She answered - Mrs G, the polite way to say that is redhead, to which the teacher replied, No, you're not the colour of my jumper (red) YOU ARE GINGER. I'm sure, to the amusement of the rest of the kids in the class.The second comes from a primary school teacher, who retold the story of a red headed child's response to being singled out for the colour of her hair.
I complained to the head teacher but was basically told, it wasn't said in malice and I should get over it.
The class of 4 year olds were in circle time. The discussion was about how everyone is different, with a focus on how people have different eyes and hair colour. During this discussion, one child pointed at a red headed girl and said "yeah and she's ginger!".If your goal in life is to stand up against all kinds of prejudice, you should consider earning a degree in social justice and find a job that can help prevent social exclusions and promote equality.
The next day, the red headed girl came back into class, having cut her own hair off the night before.
Friday, 25 February 2011
After decades of playground taunts, it seems redheads are finally rising to the fore. Prominent New Zealand redheads include author and broadcaster Peta Mathias, actress Geraldine Brophy, singer-songwriter Eva Prowse, Dominion Post editor Bernadette Courtney, and TV presenter Samantha Hayes and former presenter Maggie Barry.Source: The year of the redhead
"Red hair is definitely in fashion right now," says New Zealand hairdresser Richard Kavanagh, who is working at Milan Fashion Week. A fortnight ago Kavanagh was working backstage at New York Fashion Week where redheaded models walked for Marc Jacobs, Diesel, Rag & Bone and Ralph Lauren. Kavanagh also worked on two fashion shoots "featuring gorgeous red-haired models".
"Red hair is such a statement of personality and in today's fashion climate of anything goes, it's one of the few ways to maintain a degree of elegance and sophistication while still showing a lot of personality," Kavanagh says.
Friday, 18 February 2011
How many Aussie gingas does it take to make history?Source: Aussie redheads call shots in NZ House
Friday, 11 February 2011
Wee Gordon Strachan continued his audition for the role [of Sky Sports News Presenter] during ITV’s coverage of the Southampton v Man Utd game.Source: Billy on the Box: Savage ready to step in for the cavemen
While he may not be sexist, racist, ageist or anything else, he shot himself in the foot with the worst case of pro-gingerism I’ve ever witnessed.
“The best English midfielder since I’ve started watching football,” Strachan said of Paul Scholes, and we nodded knowingly. Shameful.