Q: On tonight’s acceptance-themed episode of “Glee,” Emma (Jayma Mays) talked about her ginger-ness being one of the “faults” she’s come to accept about herself.
A: We love gingers! Emma is, of course, referring to her red hair and the occasionally derogatory but often affectionate “ginger” nickname given to redheads.
She lamented the freckles and easily-sunburned skin that generally accompanies red hair, and even mentioned the pop-culture theory that gingers are actually soulless.
And from where did that theory arise? “South Park,” of course. In the episode “Ginger Kids” which aired in November 2005, Cartman delivers a hate speech about classmates with red hair. The episode caused some controversy when it prompted bullying of redheads in some American schools.
Don’t worry, ginger kids. We know you’ve got souls just like the rest of us.
In the end, Emma realized that she had some more significant obstacles to overcome in regard to her OCD. Red hair doesn’t seem like such a big deal when you have to spend 48 minutes disinfecting any chair before you sit in it.