As a kid, I didn't take much flack for having red hair. I actually don't remember ever being teased except for the occasional "carrot top" comment, but that never bothered me much - carrot tops are green! Duh! I actually took more crap once I got to college and it was primarily all from the South Park episode. Of course, being gay, I had already grown a thick skin. If kids are really being teased/tormented for having red hair, that's really wrong. South Park can be hysterical, I admit, but only if you're not the one being attacked. I'm hearing more and more about red headed kids being picked on because of South Park.
Posted by: Kevin | Jan 18, 2010 11:13:51 AM
This poor kid is going to be SO happy when he grows up and realizes thast there are millions of people out there who think that redheads are uniquely attractive and sexy. (Look at Blue from Mason Wyler.) "South Park" jumped the shark years ago and now only appeals to tools.
Posted by: Dback | Jan 18, 2010 11:22:59 AM
I love being a redhead...all my life it's given me a sense of being unique and individual! I also love the attention I get for being a redhead, so hopefully this kid and others will begin to appreciate that instead of feeling like outsiders. On the serious side, it shows how little it takes to select a minority, point them out as "different" and begin to demonize them. Morons from everywhere are always waiting to be lead down the path of discrimination
Posted by: Greg | Jan 18, 2010 11:42:20 AM
This is a joke. It's hysterical. Right?
Posted by: Jeff | Jan 18, 2010 11:44:47 AM
Dude... no offense, but the video itself gives more reasons for you to be mercifully teased, than being a ginger. Even a fat one - as stated by you.
And duh, it's high school - it's not "picking up on minority". Lots/most of people are their own minority in high school. You will always be teased for something that stands out - being fat, thin, tall, small, sprout mustache too early, not having enough facial hair, being fuzz haired or red haired... list goes on and on. The point is how do you react to teasing. If you don't have wit to turn the teasing against its own author, at least act as if you don't care. Or look at some other comics/tv series. All and any of your classmates are pictured somewhere. Find it. Use it.
It's called sense of humor. And sarcasm. And self-irony. If you don't have them, high school teasing will be the least of your troubles later.
Reading/developing intellectually pays off better than youtube shouting and whining, red haired guy. You might want to try it.
Posted by: Sam | Jan 18, 2010 12:21:05 PM
I think the creators of South Park have a special fascination with discrimination. I think they were trying to make a statement about discrimination when they started taling about gingers, and that all discrimination is as silly as discriminating on hair color. It is sad if they have actually created a new type of discrimination. I think their show on trying to redefine the word faggot also fits this pattern.
Posted by: PearlsBeforeSwine | Jan 18, 2010 12:23:24 PM
This kid's jealous because he can't be a pirate.
Seriously, though, to the SP haters out there: there is a service to be done by exploiting hate. You show how absurd hate can be and suddenly it becomes laughable and its power is diminished.
In addition to Cartman being anti-Semitic, racist, homophobic, the creators of South Park chose to explore the basis of hate by demonstrating that you could really hate someone for anything that makes them different. And one of the genius ways they do this is to have Cartman have an unnatural and irrational hatred of "gingers." Hell, he's even made "ginger" a derogatory descriptor.
And the whole time we laugh... and in the back of our minds, we get the message: hate is absurd.
How telling that this kid points out that other people get respect--"black people, white people, even Mexicans"--and doesn't seem to realize that the prejudice South Park has seemingly exposed him to is something that most GLBT kids experience in school everyday. If the kid was gay and making this video, would you guys laugh?
Also, not to mention that the kid has had "thoughts of suicide" because of the teasing!
Posted by: Mark | Jan 18, 2010 1:18:07 PM
Yes, two attractive menz, one is a redhead the other not, I'll take the redhead every time. My first was a ginger cowboy and it was all downhill from there LOL
This kid is a little shit. Right now, in high school, they're saying it to his face...later? He'll have a harder time getting a job.
Posted by: clint | Jan 18, 2010 1:20:03 PM
This kid is about 20 days away from walking into a school with a gun.
Posted by: Nathan | Jan 18, 2010 1:36:10 PM
I don't think that people are making fun of this kid just because of his red hair. Not that I advocate being to total conformist, but turn off the MMOs, go to the gym and get a haircut that doesn't make you look like an extra from The Name of the Rose.
Two words: Prince Harry
Posted by: Denis | Jan 18, 2010 2:06:57 PM
Interesting thing is that ginger discrimination seems to have had a longer history in the UK than here in the US. In England in particular there are lots of jokes made about gingers and it comes up in a lot British comedies. Don't know if the South Park episode just shifted more of a spotlight on redheads here.
Posted by: Albert | Jan 18, 2010 2:42:15 PM
ummm .... Seriously people, the kid said he contemplated suicide from the bullying. Grow the fuck up - he's feeling discriminated against. Be fuckin adults for once.
South park was better when it was funny and not preachy, especially since half the time the message gets mangled
Posted by: MadM@ | Jan 18, 2010 3:11:05 PM
I don't think redheads should be allowed to marry one another. It hurts me and my family.
Posted by: Rodney | Jan 18, 2010 3:27:05 PM
He is right though in some aspects. Red heads are discriminated against. Name a male red head who is a prominent actor, not as a clown or comedian. How many red headed male models do you see. From the female side, how many are natural redheads, most you'll discover come from the bottle. Ginger, Ranga, Carrot top, fire crotch, red roots are just some of the names were called. If we get upset, we get told its just a joke, ppl love our red hair. Ha. It was easier going through first year uni with green hair, than keeping my natural red and yes i died my pubes as well.
Red heads are also dying geneticly, less than 2% of the worlds population has red hair.
I feel a little bad, but mostly because we don't give teenagers the tools to help themselves anymore. Schools are terrible at catching the at-risk kids, letting them fall through the cracks, till they either do something stupid or allow their grades/etc. to drop significantly... and still the schools, more often than not, miss or don't care about the problems.
This kid shouldn't be making a youtube video... it's not going to help his immediate problem and it's much more likely to cause teasing in the long run. He should confront it, or accept that some people are just immature prats who project their own insecurities on others and refuse to let their insecurities bother him.
This brings to mind the fact that human brains are not fully developed until years after their bodies -- a teenager may face a trivial or annoying problem and, to them, it's like the end of the world. It's important that they learn these problems are NOT the end of the world, no matter how much they stress over the smallest things.
"oh who is that young prisoner with the handcuffs on his wrists ?
And what has he been after that they wave and shake their fists ?
And wherefore is he wearing such a conscience stricken air ?
Oh, they're taking him to prison for the colour of his hair."
You guys need to see and hear "Hector", an Irish TV guy who has been leading a campaign for years to save the ginger/red recessive gene......he encourages all reds to propagate their unique and beautiful colour ...... so go buy his DVDs.