Kick a Ginger- Do we Blame Television or Bad Parenting?

"They say blonds have more fun, but it was redheads who might have got a bigger kick on Thursday, dubbed by some as Kick a Ginger Day.

Across the country, school boards had to contend with a joke from an episode of the satirical animated show South Park that has spiralled into a day of promoting violence."

"Gingerism” is a growing concern in the United Kingdom, home to the largest proportion of redheads in the world. In 2003, a young man was stabbed repeatedly over a dispute about his red hair."

What do you think? Surely most of you have heard about this "Kick a Ginger" day, sparked by an episode of South Park where Cartman calls to exterminate all the gingers. Any adult (and lets remember, South Park is rated 18+ any time that it is on TV) should know that this is obviously a joke, not meant to be taken seriously. Apparently some teenagers out there don't seem to get it, and have taken it way too far.

How do you feel about violence in our youth today? Can we really blame the media? Or is it the parents responsibility to teach them right from wrong and keep their kids from watching programs and playing video games that may have a negative influence?

And anyone with children, how do you handle your kids and what influences they come into contact with?

I can only speak for myself here, I have been watching South Park since I was 10 years old, it's my favorite show, probably the equivalent of The Simpsons for most of you, I grew up on it. I am probably the least violent person you will ever meet, I have never had a problem with seeing things, watching programs, playing video games that were inappropriate for my age. From my point of view I feel like its the parents who really need to instill a proper sense of right and wrong into their children, because eventually they are going to come into contact with things they probably shouldn't be in contact with for their age, and they need to know how to handle that appropriately. I can't see a connection between media and children acting out, not when there is good parenting in the home (my parents weren't exceptional, but I knew right from wrong at a young age like any child should be taught). Those are just my thoughts, what are yours?

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Comment by Sarah Elle on December 6, 2009 at 4:36pm
I completely agree with you Johnny!! BV- My fiance grows random red hairs in his goatee lol, it's cute!
Comment by Johnny on December 2, 2009 at 11:07am
LOL damn felch!

I would def blame the parents. It's one of the many reasons why parents should neither suppress a child's desire to watch a show nor neglect them when there is a concern.

The parent that suppresses their child's desire like alchohol or sex or watching a show will inevitably be undermined and not be able to regulate the situation.
South Park has a lot of philosophical messages. There is plenty for a parent to watch with their kid and discuss it with them. It's what I would do if there is a show I didn't like my kid wanted to watch. There has to be a reason I don't like it, so I would discuss that reason with them. Most only hate it because it's 'crude' which isn't a crime in itself. It's the actions and satirical themes that a child probably won't get and may learn that should be taken seriously.
Comment by Sarah Elle on December 2, 2009 at 2:08am
LOL! I agree Jill, and if I were on facebook I probably would have joined the "Kick a Ginger" day group, but OBVIOUSLY you don't go out and actually DO IT!

Ugh, satire is completely lost on todays youth! lol
Comment by John C on December 1, 2009 at 7:28pm
Dude, South Park!

They didn't just imitate a TV show. They imitated SOUTH PARK! I still can't even believe it.
Comment by Tara on December 1, 2009 at 7:23pm
Hmmm...why don't the gingers retaliate tomorrow with Punch a Ginger-Hater Day?

Seriously though, I remember a similar spate of incidents when Bevis and Butthead first aired. Part of it is lack of ability to comprehend the consequences of their actions--these kids think they can kick someone in public and get away with it--which probably goes back to poor role models. But I think the root question is why do kids bully, which in this case is probably to gain status among peers, to cover their own low self-esteem, and/or to emulate a beloved TV character. A parent's opinion at home usually don't have much to do with how popular (or unpopular) someone is during recess. I mostly remember me an my friends complaining about how lame our parents were and how they just didn't get us and etc, etc. The reasons for imitating a TV character can be complicated, but South Park is such an anarchical show to begin with that I think it speaks volumes about people who choose to imitate it. Enjoying anarchy and feeling dominant over another person are primitive human instincts that will never go is choosing to respect and care about anther person, which is a step these bullies have obviously not take. I suppose I'm saying that nobody is to blame but the bullies themselves.
Comment by unholyroller on December 1, 2009 at 6:28pm
A great many of us Baby Boomers raised a generation of spoild brats and our grandchildren are even worse. I agree that it must be the parent's job.(duty) to instill in their children a sense of justice and morality. Compassion can be learned if taught early. Children can be taught to play fair and nicely with others. What happened? How did we go so wrong? Iknow that not all kids and/or their parents are like this, but enough are that we should all be alarmed and ashamed for doing such a poor job......dear bob in hebben........I spund like my Mom!

I agree with you on all points. As for a solution.....wiser heads than mine will have to ponder that.
Comment by Sarah Elle on December 1, 2009 at 6:23pm
Yes this just recently happened, it seems the younger generation of teens don't understand satire :S
Comment by Sarah Elle on December 1, 2009 at 5:58pm
Rofls, you nut
Comment by John C on December 1, 2009 at 5:55pm
Are you fucking kidding me? Really?!? South Park? SOUTH PARK?!? South fucking Park?

It's all over. I give up. We're doomed.



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