Don't get confused -- the event is August 7th -- this is just a visual aid. *Tricky Tricky*
The fact that Redhead Appreciation Day snuck up on me today was a cautionary tale and a reminder that we need to mark our various iCal and physical calendars (if you have one) with the necessary auburn adventures.
I am giving all of you ample time to coordinate Hipmunk and Kayak deals to book your flights to Ohio for the Redhead World photo shoot where your face can become synonymous with reveling in all that is red.
The Irish Festival that happened last year resulted in a photo of 200 gingers from far and wide and their site currently has nearly 3,000 members.
A shocking visual reminder that 200 redheads can occupy one spot -- From RedheadWorld's website
So go ahead and get out those mobile devices or month-at-a-glance monstrosities that have since been replaced with iPads and mark August 7th as a Sunday for observing your unique locks in some random backroad in Ohio that you would likely never go to except to celebrate how special you are.
Well ever since the Super Bowl commercial that brought Betty White front and center in the entertainment world, the woman has been RED HOT!
She hosted SNL, posed for a calendar, made the late-night circuit and started a new TV Land sitcom.
Now she seems to be getting some red hair to match her hottness factor . . . at least on Hot in Cleveland.
I say rock on Betty! Don’t let all those young redheads from True Blood get all the attention. There is plenty of redheaded love to go around.
As a redhead with a blog about the fairer-skinned people, I am usually forwarded articles, photos and videos about carrot-top content. Par for the course, I received the heads-up that musical provocateur MIA made a video for her new single Born Free that deals, graphically, with ginger genocide.
The first time I watched this 9 minute video I was flooded with conflicting emotions about the images I was seeing. But more than anything . . . I wanted to watch it again.
The video was clearly filled with graphic images that evoke very different emotions from each person that views it. But I was especially interested in what other people were saying about this controversial mini-movie. A movie so “graphic” that YouTube pulled it less than a week after it was uploaded online.
The internet is filled with articles and blogs debating if this was a political statement or a well-crafted album sale catalyst. Some think that the use of redheads as the persecuted is hilarious while others find it insulting. But no one is left without some reaction to the shaking camera following SWAT officers rounding up redheads and abusing, maiming and murdering them in internment camps.
Some of the critics of this video have claimed that the violence is “beneath” MIA and unnecessarily gory. While I appreciate the varying sensitivities of people and visual imagery, I challenge them to think about when the depiction of genocide and maiming of a group is necessary? I think that Born Free is challenging the definition of who the enemy or the persecuted can be.
Could some view this depiction as preposterous because the wronged group is categorized by hair color? Could it be because they are white? Would people feel the same if MIA chose Jews or Muslims or Japanese people? Is it really that absurd when you look at the history of genocide and discrimination?
The images that director Romain Gavras chose to use to portray the total militarization of Los Angeles with the war on red echoed the public outcry against the Draconian law proposed in Arizona and offered and unapologetic look at what irrational panic the public gets caught up in when fear is inserted into the marketplace.
I see this video less of a graphic mockery of police-state action and segregation and more of a cloudy mirror being held up to the ease with which governments and people use moral panics to dehumanize groups of people.
I encourage people to view Born Free and judge for themselves.
So I was surfing through the interwebs in search of redheads discussing their pride on St. Patrick’s Day and came across some really great blogs/columnists that I can’t help but support.
The first is a redhead on the Roanoke Times staff by the name of Lindsey Nair. She wrote this article about her new love of Guinness. I might have to follow this carrot-top and see what else she churns out.
Then I found a blog (Raising Redheads) written by a redhead, Ramee, who is chronicling her pregnancy (of a possible redhead) and the upbringing of two copper-top toddlers Nora and Braden. Her heartfelt blog is compelling to read and I’m sure my mother would have loved this type of outlet when raising her redhead.
But one of my fav’s thus far is RubyMutant: This is Ginger Nation. Written with all the humor and flippant style that a redhead can truly enjoy. I recommend checking out her points of view on redhead history and fabulousness.
I also found The Quirky Redhead, Redhead Fashionista and Redheads and More Redheads.
While perusing the internet in search on the latest and greatest “red”dirt, I came across a nationwide poll conducted in England (we’ll get to the validity of the poll shortly) that was ranking the “Top Ten Sexiest Red Heads of All Time.”
The list read as follows:
1: Nicola Roberts
2: Prince Harry
3: Florence Welch
4: Lily Cole
5: Queen Elizabeth I
6: Geri Halliwell
7: Nicole Kidman
8: Julianne Moore
9: Marcia Cross
10: Lindsay Lohan
While I clearly appreciate the subject matter of such a poll, I had to question how this survey was conducted. While the details were scarce, I was able to figure out that a PR company, working for the newly-hyped short film Chasing Cotards, was working with IMAX in London to start a viral buzz the upcoming release.
Image from Chasing Cotards official website
Interesting marketing technique.
This short film is being advertised as “ The Biggest Short Film Of All Time!” and is based on a obsessed artist who locks himself away with the portrait of his late (redheaded) wife.
I’m curious to know more about the film but as it stands I am even more perplexed by the answers of the sexiest redheads. More than half of the awarded few are of British (or British-crown territory) and only one of them is male. There are some clear shut-outs that I wanted to rally for, should this type of poll be administered again.
And frankly it is questionable when you are ranking the sexiest redheads of all time and all of the results (with the exception of Queen Elizabeth I) are still young and gingery today. I cry foul. A fiery, red, sexy foul.
What more could one ask for than more Kathy for the holidays. Tomorrow the divine Ms. Griffin will be premiering her 7th stand-up special ion Bravo. I’ll be there — will you?
Her latest special, currently titled Balls of Steel promises to be chock full of foul language, lots of opinions and … few facts.
The rambunctious redhead is making promises and I hope she’ll be able to deliver. Good luck Kathy.
Soon after hearing the news of Jessica Abla going red I also learned that she has signed a contract to be in the upcoming third installment of Ben Stiller’s movie “Little Fockers.” Her new strawberry locks are hopefully going to be used in the new Focker tale. If they are showcased then I have to hope that her character is a vivacious siren that creates sexy calamity. God speed new red Alba.