Having posted about Twitter, and some of the really backwards attitudes to be found on there, I found myself growing increasingly angry about one tweet…
…that there’s ‘just no excuse for ginger pubes’. Happily not all of Twitter is like that, as there’s at least one Twitter page celebrating all things ginger.
But in today’s society, there are a few who think that verbally abusing red-headed children is OK. There has been serious debate about it in UK newspapers, although the conclusion appeared to be that it’s a prejudice but some prejudices are more acceptable than others. Neither is it a debate confined to the UK, with Australia also writing about it all… MIA‘s video for ‘Born Free’ was removed from youtube because it showed ginger people being rounded up (although I think youtube missed the point here…I took that to be more of a commentary on general racism and hate-crimes than specifically anti-ginger, and showed how prejudices are allowed to grow with no basis in any sort of logic).
I’ve got numerous friends in SL who are red-heads, some of whom are Irish and one of whom isn’t an Irish red-head in real life. ‘I use red hair to mess with the lazy stereotypes’, she says. ‘Some people expect the Irish to be redheads, something born of ignorance about Ireland. They think we all live in whitewashed cottages too. So I play SL as a redhead, while my RL pic is on my profile with a full head of black hair. And people say ‘that can’t be you as you aren’t a redhead’.
Beautiful, red-headed people. The idea that ‘there’s no excuse for ginger pubes’ is ignorant and stupid. But, hey, you’re on Twitter, so you have the perfect platform to demonstrate ignorance and stupidity.