Friday, January 08, 2010

A BBC attack on red hair?

We read:
"I’m still not ginger,” cried the new Doctor Who after his latest regeneration. But the BBC has insisted that the Time Lord intended this as a statement of regret after it received complaints from viewers.

The corporation issued a statement denying that the popular series was pursuing an “anti-ginger agenda” after parents of red-headed children complained about Matt Smith’s first words: “I’ve still got legs. Arms, hands, lots of fingers, eyes, hair,” said Smith, 27, after completing his regeneration from David Tennant. Checking his new look, the eleventh actor to play the Doctor continued: “I’m not a doll. I’m still not ginger.”

Angry parents complained to the BBC that the comment, made in an episode seen by 11 million viewers, would encourage bullying of their ginger haired children.


This is not as absurd as it sounds. Unlike most places, there is real prejudice against red hair in Britain.


Anonymous said...

Apparently, there's also prejudice against common sense.

Unknown said...

As someone who has seen the scene in question, it seemed pretty obvious to me that it was a statement of regret.

Bobby said...

I remember South Park's episode about gingers, how Cartman said "gingers have no souls." LOL

Anonymous said...

I agree with Jacob, I saw it too and it was obviously a statement of regret. The Doctor has regenerated numerous times yet never had the chance to be ginger haired.

This seems to be the same logic as the one that thinks any sentence containing the word "black" must be racist.

Anonymous said...

"Beware of those who cry racism, for they are the true racists."