National Kick a Ginger Day

Apparently this started with a character on South Park who described redheads as "evil" and "soulless". This gave a fourteen-year-old boy the idea of starting a Facebook group dedicated to the idea of promoting November 20 as "National Kick a Ginger Day". The group soon had over 5000 members, and unfortunately some people decided to take the idea literally.

Redheaded students at schools throughout Canada reported being kicked and punched by other students on Nov. 20. One student, Aaron Mishkin (pictured), felt so traumatized that he skipped school the next day.

Things like this just confirm my most pessimistic feelings about the human race. Sometimes people really suck.


Posted on Wed Nov 26, 2008


In that south park episode, it is only the opening scene that has the 4th grader Cartman giving his class presentation describing gingers as evil and souless.

If its any consolation, the rest of the story is what happens after his more sensitive friends prank Cartman by turning him into a ginger with make-up while he is sleeping.
Posted by Think Positive  in  Los Angeles  on  Wed Nov 26, 2008  at  02:53 PM
Why do people have this thing about redheads?

There's an expression I've heard; "Beaten like a Ginger step-child".

Not very nice but disturbingly evocative.
Posted by Joel B1  in  Hobart, Tasmania  on  Wed Nov 26, 2008  at  09:23 PM
I am a ginger, I suppose. I'm 38 and never heard the term until I saw that South Park episode. What I use to hear was this

I'd rather be dead
like a bump on a log
Than red on the head
like a dick on a dog
Posted by Madd Maxx  in  New Orleans  on  Thu Nov 27, 2008  at  04:48 AM
I'm rather jealous of people with red hair and pale skin.

Looks like the idiots in the facebook didn't actually watch the entirety of the South Park episode, incidentally, considering what happens in the end.
Posted by canaduck  on  Thu Nov 27, 2008  at  08:38 PM
Alex, on behalf of the human race, and especially my red-haired cousins, I'd like to thank you for waiting until AFTER November 20th to publicize this campaign. cool smirk
Posted by Big Gary  in  Red Oak, Texas  on  Fri Nov 28, 2008  at  12:01 PM
Does Facebook actually allow people to post things promoting doing physical harm to other people, or did this just slip through their system somehow? question
Posted by Big Gary  in  Red Oak, Texas  on  Fri Nov 28, 2008  at  12:04 PM
"Looks like the idiots in the facebook didn't actually watch the entirety of the South Park episode, incidentally, considering what happens in the end."

More likely, most of them just didn't care.

"Does Facebook actually allow people to post things promoting doing physical harm to other people, or did this just slip through their system somehow?"

On one of the articles I read it said something along the lines of, "We try to keep some order on our website, but it's just too big and busy for us to keep an eye on all of it."
Posted by Accipiter  on  Fri Nov 28, 2008  at  08:31 PM
There are only two solutions to this, and both require a lot of explanation that may go over 3000 characters, but hopefully no readers heads:).

Red hair is defined by a gene complex called MC1R that has 30 variations among the redhead population, but basically changes receptors on cells to change production of melanin to eumelanin, thus preventing dark skin tones and hair colours. There is also the effect of increasing the amount of synapse-jumping chemicals, which ( Confirmed in a 2006 study ) lead anaesthesiologists to always use about 45% more sedation on redheads than others, and could explain the 'fiery hair, fiery temper' reputation ( And I know the swift anger of gingers ); Heightened sensitivity to pain may change one's mental view of the world.

Contraversially, many geneticists who veer away form eugenics in ANY form point out that many features of MC1R fit the profile for mutation, and some parameters even fit the deleterious mutation path like Huntingdons. If so, then this might explain the animosity toward redheads in the same way as the lack of general attraction to sufferers of Parkinsons or severe deformity mutations; It is the in-built drive to share and combine genes with healthy, similar but not too simialr organisms of our own kind ( Yes, there are exceptions. )made manifest in behaviour. Not that such condones violence toward anyone, but were do you draw the line at cruelty - If you reject someone you find unattractive, are *you* doing the same thing morally speaking?

Two solutions exist - One, the whole species' reproduction could be made a community affair, via In Vitro methods, thus no longer being a matter of choice by individuals and totally random. thu, no need for likes or dislikes.
Two, the race could develop beyond the need for reproduction at all, through genetic manipulation/regeneration or the Transhuman movement.
I need not nmention the third - the Voluntary Human Extinction movement have covered that.

( refer to "Mutants" by Armand Marie LeRoi for more info. )
Posted by D F Stuckey  in  Auckland New Zealand  on  Tue Dec 02, 2008  at  08:07 PM
I took it as being an "all in good fun" event. The one red-head I knew, I gave a light punch to the shoulder. Anyone who took the event seriously has something wrong with them, in the same way that, anyone who is terribly upset by it needs to relax. Those who were violent were looking for an excuse to be violent anyway.
Posted by J  on  Wed Dec 31, 2008  at  01:41 AM
i think the mentality of these people needs to be examined some would they feel if we decided to have a fat day .the psycholgalical hurt that these kids go through they are the same as you ,grow up and get a life and this site needs to be taken off facebook ,someone do something not a member and don't want to access or see such awful site what is soceity coming to.
Posted by jo  in  uk  on  Sat Apr 04, 2009  at  10:16 AM
jo, you have fallen into the trap have't you? You are now doing to 'these people' what you are criticising them for - Forcing them into behaving the way *you* believe they should; As a near-victim of 'counselling' for 'wrong thinking' myself back in the 70's ( Namely a serious suggestion that I be lobotomised to bring my mind back into the happy-clappy groove that was expected ), I know exactly what this sort of thinking leads to.

Besides which, jo, I'm sure that if we examined your life, you have some predjudice against some group so heavily ingrained into your thinking that you don't even recognise it _as_ a predjudice and can come up with soooo many justifications for thinking that way. All you humans are like that, so I have discovered in my many decades on this planet.

You might also consider some spelling checkers before you debate things like this - It might make you less of a target.
Posted by D F Stuckey  in  Auckland New Zealand  on  Sat Apr 04, 2009  at  06:41 PM
Does no one point out that a 14 year old kid shouldn't be watching something like South Park? It always makes me wonder when people blame a TV show or a musician or anyone else for something their child acts on when parents should really wonder why they let their children watch something like South Park. As a responsible adult, South Park is a very good, though crass, satire of current events and pop culture; much like the Simpsons and family guy.
Posted by jimmy  on  Mon May 11, 2009  at  12:11 PM
fuck all of you people that have a prob with gingers if you dont like what i am saying fuck you
Posted by alex ulrich  in  winnipeg  on  Mon May 11, 2009  at  02:14 PM
You are all missing the point. Most gingers are ugly, and their pale skin with hideous light brown freckles make normal people want to vomit.

They're lucky to be getting off with only ONE "national kick a ginger day". They are more deserving of "National kick a ginger month".
Posted by Mike  in  New Orleans  on  Thu Jun 04, 2009  at  09:15 AM
Normal people don't vomit when they see someone "ugly". Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and normal people realize that. Many see beauty in what others think is "ugly". IMHO, a truly UGLY person would be someone who believes "Most gingers are ugly, and their pale skin with hideous light brown freckles make normal people want to vomit.
They're lucky to be getting off with only ONE "national kick a ginger day"." A person this ugly on the inside is most certainly ugly throughout and deserves all the misery their ugliness draws.
Posted by alia  in  reno  on  Tue Nov 10, 2009  at  11:59 PM
As a ginger, I take the holiday in good fun. I expect to get a few soft kicks from most of my friends, and I will dish out a few to my friends that have red hair. As one of the other people mentioned, anyone using 11/20 as an excuse to be violent would likely be even without the holiday.

Also, this was listed as an event on Facebook, but it has recently been taken down.
Posted by Brian J  in  San Diego, CA  on  Sun Nov 15, 2009  at  11:26 PM
Quit your bitching youre probably a fucking ginger too. Everyone knows gingers suck and should be eliminated. Being kicked is the least of their worries.

By the way, happy kick a ginger day. Go kick those faggots.
Posted by Bobby  in  Massachusetts  on  Fri Nov 20, 2009  at  10:22 AM
Well isn't odd how all the poeple that take "kick a Ginger day" to the extreme are guys and all the redheads that are beaten up are guys. Its down right cruel to beat someone up for there haircolor it like saying beat up the blonde because he's Nazi or beat up the guy with black hair because he's emo.this Its sad that instead of racism event is regressing even farther down the evolutionary line to hairism. My friend go beat up by a bunch of rednecks at school when he wasn't even against it before. He was taking light kicks and punches all day just saying "only one per person," and then he got beat up near the end of the day. Anyone who disargees with me is as Darwin would put it "Your Just A Stupid up Right walking Ape" and if your to stupid to know who Darwin is our fufulling Eisteins quote "There is no limit to stupid" and if your to stupid to know who his is your hopelessly stupid.
Posted by Katie  in  ohio  on  Fri Nov 20, 2009  at  03:33 PM
Okay. So I am not a ginger but at my school kids were getting kicked for being gingers and you know what noone of them had to skip school. Besides if national kick a ginger day is on November 20th that is today and so how could the kid miss the next day of school if it hasnt happened yet? I am just saying that most kids wouldnt have problems like this if they didnt watch shows like southpark there is a reason that kids have more and more bad ideas lately and it is because of the things that they have been seeig non T.v. I think that the kid who was to terrorized to go to school the next day should either get over it , say something to the kids, talk to the principal , or just stop being a huge whiner. Besides do you think that htis kid didnt kick anybody? because I certtainly do not.
Posted by Sierra  in  Nonya  on  Fri Nov 20, 2009  at  03:50 PM
What sick mind would carry on this holiday !?
A kid in my school was kicking everyone.
and i just can't believe that they dont realize this is a type
of bullying !
Posted by Sarah M  in  New York  on  Fri Nov 20, 2009  at  07:05 PM
Honestly I'm sickened by some of the response's on here by some people about redheads. I, myself am as you guys call it "a ginger". Didn't really get any kicks this year, as I wasnt keeping tabs on when this was. Though it was metioned to me when people realized I was one. LOL. Oh, BTW to everyone who hates redheads : look at yourselves in the mirror and just think. Somewhere in the world people probably hate something about your race, hair colour, skin colour etc. As for what Bobby said about how everyone knows that gingers suck. Right there your wrong, because theres a good amount of people that actually admire redheads. Get your facts straight before putting your thoughts into text.
Posted by Sharon  in  Niagara Falls  on  Sat Nov 21, 2009  at  01:00 AM
somebody should make kick a dumb blonde day
Posted by mat  in  pittsfield  on  Sat Nov 21, 2009  at  03:46 PM
Sharon im so sorry...that youre a fucking gross ginger. Thats awful.
Posted by Bobby  in  Massachusetts  on  Sat Nov 21, 2009  at  04:48 PM
I married a Ginger and couldn't be happier! That fire down below is a big benefit (both figuratively and analytically). For those of you scratching your head, go back to facebook monkey. You are the mental equivilent of an algae.
Posted by The Grayheck  in  Phoenix, AZ  on  Mon Nov 23, 2009  at  10:39 AM
About the "kick a ginger day!"

This is absolutly chocking news to hear that young students beat up other young students because of their red hair! Dont their parents react and how could youngster do such of crime? All this I blame politicians and the media for. All the evilship children and young daily read in the newspaper about hate, rasism, violence play-games and all politicians lies! All this have poisoning the worlds children and young and much of the parents dont even care? What kind of world!

You young with hate to redheaded! Why do you bear so much hate inside you? Think about it and take a deep look inside your self. Look at the world outside there and instead think about what must be done NOW to stop all the crime and evilship! The world need your love.

Please write to me about what you think about this "kick a ginger day!"

Lise Tollefsen Slembe
Leader of the norwegian organisation HULK
Help for young in seriouse lifecrises
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Posted by Lise Tollefsen Slembe  in  Bergen/Norway  on  Wed Nov 25, 2009  at  03:20 PM
Come on people, get over it. IT'S FUNNY! Most of the comments on here are so indignant. Lets be honest with ourselves, kicking gingers is fun. Also, that kid that skipped school probably would be beaten up even if he wasn't a ginger. He looks like a bitch (mostly because he is a ginger).
Posted by Eric C.  in  LA  on  Mon Nov 30, 2009  at  06:44 PM
Someone with big psychologic problems here have take her/his oportunity to wrote this:

"Come on people, get over it. IT'S FUNNY!"

Oh I feel so terrible sorry for this person who could write something like this! (Just like a kid on around 9 - 10 years!)

It just tell me how much devilship and general shit we find among us today!

People who enjoy to be cruel to others and only because they feel so terrible lonely in them self!

Lise Tollefsen Slembe
and leader for the org. HULK
Help for young in seriouse lifecrises)
Posted by Lise Tollefsen Slembe  in  Bergen/Norway  on  Mon Nov 30, 2009  at  07:46 PM
OK, now I am less than amused. I added a rational point to this without condoning the behaviour in any way - simply explaining it.

Now, someone here is claiming falsehoods under the guise of being some sort of psychological expert, and whose grasp of English and loss of temper combined make me doubt their claims.

The link between low self-esteem and predjudice has long been questioned and recent studies have shown it to be false ( ). Indeed, the opposite seems to be true - youth who have a strong self-esteem level develop a counter-action in that they are more likely to have contemptuous views and/or hatred for others not of their 'kind' simply because they have such a high opinion of themselves and their peers ( ), which makes them a danger to other people in the community.

A quote from a documentary on a reality TV show also springs to mind from a lecturer in media studies at Stanford University; " For thirty years, wwe promoted high self-esteem as a cure for all social ills and boosted it in children at every turn. Nowadays, we see from Reality TV contestants ( Like Ameiracn Idol ) that we have succeeded beyond our wildest dreams . . . and that high self-esteem may not be for everyone."

Also, was it not Norway that had a policy of detaining the children of local women and German soldiers in insane asylums on the assumption that they would be killers and criminals due to having 'Nazi Genes'? Not a good track record of accurate science there; Still, they might have been right - one of the ABBA team was one such, and arguably their music was a crime smile
Posted by D F Stuckey  in  Auckland New Zealand  on  Mon Nov 30, 2009  at  08:04 PM

I am the psychological nine year old who was propagating "devilship," as you so eloquently put. Maybe you should read some of D F Stuckey's articles before you show us how much of a quack you are. Many things are blamed on the media, internet, society, etc. that are really just the fault of the victims. If the kid didn't like getting picked on maybe he should have stood up for himself. A good threat or punch goes a long way. Thats how Darwinism works.

PS-I feel "terrible" sorry for you, Charles Barkley.
Posted by Eric C.  on  Mon Nov 30, 2009  at  09:09 PM
Eric, going to have to disillusion you here: I did NOT raise those quotes to support your rather stupid and equally unscientific stance. Seems like Walter Miller was wrong when he said "The existence of a fool does not prove the existence of two fools."

For starters, like most Americans you seem to confuse the idea of cruelty, brutality and selfishness with Darwinian theory, through sheer ignorance and religious propaganda; Darwin never used the phrase "Survival of the fittest". That was a clown named Herbert Spencer who used it to justify the domination of Europeans and other races by the 'naturally superior' English, since they had conquered most of the world ( Reasoning a posteriori as we call it. ). H G Wells had a much better handle on the situation and wrote 'War Of The Worlds' to demonstrate the true Darwinian theorem; A species is successful only if it has competition lesser than itself and the circumstances of its environment remain the same. In some ways, evolutionary fitness is a Medieval concept like the Medieval scholar's idea of gravity - an internal intrinsic trait that can only be measured in context to outside forces.

All that aside, while I agree that the 'gingers' should stand up for themselves, there is more merit to having a social environment where people whose self-control over internal drives is rewarded until it is great enough that they do not act like simple animals and treat each other with a modicum of tolerance; After all, what comes next for these "Kick A Ginger Day" people if they are rewarded for acting on their drives without restraint - "Rape An Aryan Blonde Week"? "National Urinate In Our Pants Month"? ( Though, I suspect from some of your statements that's a year-round thing for you Eric given the solid link between bed wetting and interpersonal violence smile )

Now, let's stick with facts shall we?
Posted by D F Stuckey  in  Auckland New Zealand  on  Mon Nov 30, 2009  at  10:52 PM
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