Funny how certain witless national radio DJs have popularised the anti ginger joke. You hear it everywhere, ‘but she/he is a ginger’ like this is a given that it’s a real problem. In reality ginger is the colour of the Celts and this anti ginger sneer is the last stand of the empire snobs putting down our Celtic brethren.
Far from being a problem, ginger is a sign of beauty and celtic power. We say ‘rise up gingers and be proud of your hair’. Ginger isn’t something to be bullied about but a sign of ancient warriorhood. A woman with ginger hair has that Celtic beauty about her and is far more interesting to look at than the national radio DJ.
The anti ginger tirade is the last bastion of this anti Celtic sneer. The days of endless anti Irish jokes are thankfully over. When I was at school it was common to hear those never ending jokes about the Irish being a bit daft like it was a given- the real ignorance was from the joke tellers who had no idea of the glorious Irish culture and national inventiveness. There was an Irish mid who came to join my school inthe sevenies and he got it all the time. It was rubbish then and for those of us that didn’t take part an unfunny ritual that made no sense. Somehow it died out, a case of what the Daily Mail would call ‘PC gone bloody mad’ or a case of most people waking up to the pointlessness of what they were saying. Irish culture is now loved in the UK which is a great turnaround.
The anti ginger jokes took is place. It was a bit more blurred and less obviously racist or anti a whole country. The ginger joke has become rooted in the last twenty years and has become so detached from its real meaning that most people make the joke without thinking of its meaning.
People always say ‘I was only joking’ but a joke is never innocent and is often quite deadly in its intent. When you stand back and think about it it’s not even funny, it’s just a trigger for people to laugh nervously.
Personally I’m not fully ginger but being half Scottish I have some ginger hairs on my arms that I can see in some light. The ginger jokes don’t affect me but I’m proud of my ginger follicle hues and say rise up you gingers, it’s time to put this joke out of fashion.