Plight of the Gingersaurus: Redheads Facing Extinction?

‘Gingers face extinction due to climate change’, read the sensational title of an article published in the UK around 5 days ago.

As if Climate Change doesn’t struggle enough in the credibility department, it now faces murder charges for both Polar Bears AND our fellow flame-haired Homo sapiens! Can it be true?

Dr Alistair Moffat, MD of ScotlandsDNA, states:

“We think red hair in Scotland, Ireland and in the North of England is adaptation to the climate. I think the reason for light skin and red hair is that we do not get enough sun and we have to get all the Vitamin D we can. If the climate is changing and it is to become more cloudy or less cloudy then this will affect the gene. If it was to get less cloudy and there was more sun, then yes, there would be fewer people carrying the gene.”

Now I’m no scientist but I’m pretty sure that the Vitamin and Supplements industry is booming… Can’t they keep us topped up? And doesn’t who we ‘breed’ with play a bigger role in the continuation of the gene? And what about the misnomers of Climate Change – who says there will be more sun and less cloud? And what about outliers? Every non-ginger family has that random ginger relative that pops up out of nowhere.

Granted the media publications might have something to do with the framing of this scientific theory, but you would’ve thought more care would be given with such claims instead of giving everyone another chance to take a pot-shot at the already peppered redheads. Perhaps I’m just sensitive!

If you ask me, bullying and irresponsible people in the media will be the death of ginger people. I’m from a family of redheads, I remember the flack my cousins would get as kids and it was, quite frankly, bloody awful.

20 years later, reckless and bigoted comments from idiots such as Katie Hopkins (a columnist for UK newspaper, The Sun, who claimed that ginger children are ‘harder to love’) do nothing to change an age old notion that gingers are inferior in some way.

Now I’m residing in Australia, it is somewhat relieving that this notion of inferiority seen elsewhere is not as sinister here, although of course it exists. Perhaps that’s just the circle of family and friends I have, either way it’s a comfort in light of the high chances of my children being redheads.

Whilst once referred to as ‘blueys’ in Australia, due to the perceived fiery nature of gingers, it seems there has never been a menacing culture of degradation present – at least not to the extent seen in the UK.

All in all, I find the ginger argument rather tiresome and wish people would seriously get a life and move on. Redheads are as beautiful as any other and to demonstrate here are some of my favourite sexiest redheads:

Damien Lewis  Damien Lewis

Christina Hendricks Christina Hendricks

 

 

Emma Stone Emma Stone

Benedict CumberbatchAnd to my amazement Benedict Cumberbatch! Didn’t see that one coming 🙂

 

See the full list collated by Buzzfeed here

Read the original article on ‘Gingers face extinction..’ here

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