I had no idea until I read an article in the paper yesterday that redheaded Britons have suffered the slings and arrows of discrimination for centuries. I was flabbergasted to read that redheads in Great Britain have been evicted from their homes, fired from their jobs, physically assaulted, their property vandalized with anti-redhead graffiti, and worse. Sure, I (a redheaded American) took a lot of teasing in school, but by the time I was in my late teens I had grown to like my red hair -- just because it was different. I never imagined that other people might be subjected to a lifetime of taunts and teasing because of their hair color. That just makes me see red.
The problem is apparently so bad in Britain that a guy by the name of Simon Cheetham has founded a Web site about it.
I spent a little time exploring the site and was fascinated by what I saw (and appalled by a few other snippets of information). Good heavens, the very idea of tormenting people over their glorious crimson hair color seems so ridiculous. I mean, who on earth in their right mind would even think of insulting Nicole Kidman or Julianne Moore or Bonnie Raitt about their beautiful red tresses? My sisters are blonde and brunette and I could have changed my hair color at any time to more "blend in," but I never had the slightest inclination to do so.
The undoubtedly mousy-haired anti-redhead people are perhaps simply jealous of some of the world's famous redheads, people like
Sarah "Fergie" Ferguson
and, though I am loath to say so, Lindsay Lohan
It probably didn't help the reputations (or fates) of the redheaded Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots that Shakespeare chose to bewig his more evil characters in red. And it was perhaps jealousy that caused so many redheads to be denounced as witches during the Middle Ages. There may be some truth to the theory that Britons' unusual distaste for redheads could be linked to an atavistic hostility toward Scotland. About 13% of the Scottish population, after all, has red hair, compared with only 1% of the world's population as a whole. In the U.S., an estimated 2% to 5% are born with red hair.
It's true that a lot of Vikings, not such nice guys, had red hair, but then so did the venerable Irish king, Brian Boru.
Tori Amos and Rita Hayworth don't look like teased, unhappy redheads, do they?
If you ask me, red hair -- whether it's auburn, strawberry blonde, russet, chestnut, or flaming fire engine red -- is fabulous. But then, what else could I say? I've been red of head all my life. I've tortured it into faddish styles, defended it from the teasers, and learned to live with it, never mind that I've been tempted to cheat on it from time to time. I'm comfortable with it, though, and I'm pretty sure my head will continue to flame until it ends up whatever color old age doles out to it.
Today's TWISTED LINGUISTICS were apprehended and brought to justice by my friend, Roxan -- not a redhead but a stalwart Irish lass nonetheless. These Words Gone Wild are so self-explanatory that they don't even require definition. Not that such would be possible in any event.
in the meen time
maybe i am just obsest
going to kiss dometime
sorry i geuss
it is true i was on youtube and i saw Matt Dallas eatting a worm
i had a fue questions
what typ of cancer does Andy have?
IM SO EXCIDED... BUT BUMBED AT THE SAME THIME!!!
would really apreacate it
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