Life Imitating South Park, Vol. II
This time, it's the revenge of the ginger kids. Ginger-ninjas (or as Cartman termed them before joining them, "daywalkers"), are apparently a demographic whose existence is a response to abuse at the hands of non-gingers.
The e-mails from the choir built up to a great clamour in the days leading up to the Overture Weekend – the grand-scale reopening celebrations of the Royal Festival Hall earlier this month. “Have you heard . . ?” “Can you believe it?” “Talk about timing . . .” This was in response to the news about a family in Newcastle who had suffered three years of abuse – smashed windows, graffiti, physical attacks – forcing them to decamp from one council estate to another on two occasions, now pushing for a third move, and all on account of their red hair.
One of the more arresting details was that a council officer had apparently discussed the possibility that the family invest in a few bottles of hair-dye. As a ginger-ninja myself, I was appalled at the idea that the solution to being bullied was to change yourself rather than to correct the behaviour of your tormentors.
We need South Park, now more than ever. View the full episode in question here.