"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?