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Why Taylor Swift’s Comment About Redheads Is Offensive


I recently saw the following headline: Taylor Swift Would Date a Ginger Man.

My initial thought was, “What did you say, bitch?” and I’ll tell you why.

She told Monsters & Critics the following: “I like people with red hair. I would do a ginger. I like Rupert Grint, the guy from the Harry Potter films.”

It’s shocking to me for a few reasons. The first, and perhaps most obvious, being the fact that she “would do” anyone. Seems like something I’d say, when sucking back a scotch on the rocks and Google imaging Magic Mike photos.

The second, and most important thing, being that she would think it’s okay to say something like that. “I like people with red hair. I would do a ginger.”

The thing that strikes me is…WHY is that even a thing to say? “I would do a ginger.” It’s not like she’d say, “I’d do a brunette,” or “I’d do a black person.”

It’s as if having sex with a person who has red hair is taboo, and she’s putting it out there. Like, “You know what I’d do that’s crazy? A ginger.”

What? Excuse me?

Don’t get me wrong, I love glorifying redhead men. I think they are extremely attractive and should be featured in leading male roles both onscreen and in everyone’s personal lives.

But when you go on record, as a celebrity, and say, “I would do a ginger,” it’s not okay. You’re not being edgy. You’re not being cute. And, personally, as a redhead, I find it offensive.

I can tell that what she said was innocuous, in her mind. But there’s also another part of it that feels like what she thought she was doing was giving red haired men the world over a solid.

Unfortunately, that’s not what this is. Paul Thomas Anderson saying, “I have a natural attraction to redheads,” is doing us a solid. Because in that sense, he’s treating it as normally as you would if you asked for someone’s preference.

But when you say, “I would do a ginger,” you’re not some big hero. Saying, “Guess what? I’d do one. I’d do that kid from Harry Potter, for example,” is not treating redheads as if they’re equals. It’s saying that we are different. Different enough that most people would not “do” them, but you would. It’s telling your fans that we’re a separate people, and that in no way is a message that I want to be put out there.

This could be a hyper-sensitive redhead diatribe, but maybe this is also one example in many of why things like Kick-a-Ginger day even exist. Because when you reinforce the idea that a group of people are an acquired taste, it doesn’t lead to inclusion, it leads to exclusion.

What do you all think? Am I just another hot headed redhead or do you hear what I’m saying?

My ‘Magic Mike’ Review


This weekend I went to see the majesty that is Magic Mike.

This is a film that takes place not far from my hometown of Clearwater, Florida in a little big city called Tampa.

For those who haven’t seen the shirtless billboards or the impressive red band trailer, this movie is about a male stripper with a heart of gold, kinda, and all of the disappointments and drama that exist when you make your living by shaking your naughty bits for dollars.

Finding love is one of the dilemmas that the protagonist, Magic Mike (aka Channing Tatum), has trouble with. As you can imagine, putting a dollar down a stripper’s Velcro thong is one thing, but going to dinner with them after a show while they’re still greased up and wearing body glitter is quite another.

That being said, here are my thoughts on this coup d'cinema, in bullet point format:

What I Liked:

-The choreographed dances were sensational, not just because they were filled with wild and half-dressed gesticulations, but because it actually incorporated some solid dance skills.

-Matthew McConaughey playing Matthew McConaughey was a smart move and one that I will always support.

-The attention to detail when it came to Florida-isms (i.e. putting tape over the windows during a hurricane, the slutty chicks waiting in line for Amphitheater, etc.).

-Channing Tatum’s acting was pretty good, considering this film is based on his life story and you’d think he may be too personally attached to the material. Or whatever.

-There are a lot of humorous and funny tongue-in-cheek moments that I appreciated. The film is aware of how silly a lot of this seems and made use of that. Brava.

What I Disliked:

-The worst part of Magic Mike is when they’re talking. I joke, kind of. But one of my friends said after the movie ended, “There was way too much story.” Agreed, but only because the fun parts took place when there was dancing involved.

-Olivia Munn: I can’t get on board with liking this chick. I just can’t, I’m sorry, Munners.

-The ending felt rather abrupt, right? Not that we needed MORE story, but it needed one other beat.

-Some things seemed a little unnecessary, like the hot girl who had the pet pig (though, I want that little pig).

-Why isn’t Rihanna’s “We Found Love” actually in the movie, like it is in the trailer?

Otherwise I thought it was an all around fun and frisky night of entertainment. Would you agree?