Recently, I have discovered a devestating problem facing our world today. This devastating problem is that our world is suffering from a severe lack of redheads. Now before you laugh, please understand that research has proven this fact, and it is indeed a problem.
The American population only holds two percent redheads, and overall, it is estimated that less than one percent of the entire world has naturally red hair. Some scientists predict the red population will become extinct by 2060. This is because only four percent of the population holds the red hair gene, MC1R.
Speaking of MC1R, it’s interesting if you think about it. Most people with red hair do not have redheaded parents. This is because the redheaded gene is recessive, which means red hair is a genetic mutation.
This rare gene is not only a stereotype, but a proven scientific fact. Perhaps this is why many people think redheads are strange, weird, or different. Personally, I feel like redheads are gorgeous. There’s something about those fierce fiery locks that’s exciting, tantalizing, and oh-so breathtaking. Finding a redhead is like finding a white diamond in the middle of the scorching desert. It’s rare, it’s gorgeous, and it’s different. Reds stand out amongst the crowd. They can boldly make a statement with just one turn of the neck.
Unfortunately, like most uncommon and unnaturally beautiful things, redheads are often under respected. This unsettling act became a depressing phenomenon in 2005 when the hit TV show, South Park introduced Season 9, Episode 11: “Ginger Kids.” Thus began the ever-popular ginger jokes, including the fact that they “don’t have souls.” Fast forward a few years and 37,466 people are following @GingerProblems on Twitter. Like I said, a gross phenomenon.
UrbanDictionary.com defines “Ginger” as:
A human, characterized by pale skin, freckles and bright red hair. “” are generally considered to be inferior to their more melanin-rich brethren, and thus deservingly discriminated against. are thought to have no souls. The condition, “gingervitis” is genetic and incurable.
The TV show, South Park created the “gingers have no soul” joke for the entertainment purposes of teenage boys. Lucky for the producers, the episode went viral and has caused a world-wide trend of “Ginger jokes.” Sadly, most young kids have taken the joke too far.
For example, Gwendolyn Russell, a Canadian teenager, was kicked dozens of times repeatedly on “Kick a Ginger Day,” a holiday her classmates made up. Although her mother fought the issue with the local school board, no kids were suspended. This is just one of many stories redheads have endured because of the South Park jokes.
On a more positive note, a few of the gingers have rallied back to create their own support. Conan O’Brien and Elmo teamed up to create a public service announcement to inform kids that, “Having red hair is cool,” as Elmo says.
Perhaps these ginger jokes can be compared to the story of the ugly duckling that was always made fun of until one day he turned into a beautiful swan. Perhaps redheads are made fun of because of their exceptional good looks. Perhaps one day they will become “swans,” the most coveted of people.
If you are a red-head you should celebrate your natural hair color! Don’t cover it up with the normal colors we see every day. I bet one day our country will have a national Ginger day. That seems to be the trend with all other minorities here. White people used to hate Indians until Thanksgiving, and African Americans were treated horribly, but now we have Martin Luther King Day and Black History month. There are many examples of groups who go from being hated to being admired.
So take heart gingers. One day your flawless pale skin will be celebrated! Imagine all the blondes in the world dressing up with red wings and white paint. Thousands of people painting light orange freckles all over their face, arms, and shoulders. What a shining day that will be, literally.