News
Redheads Fear for Personal Safety

Redheads Fear for Personal Safety

Published November 20, 2009

As Facebook page calling for “Kick-A-Ginger Day” went up, many redheaded Icelanders feared for their physical safety.
Icelandic language specialist Esther Ösp Gunnarsdóttir told Vísir that discrimination against redheads is seldom taken seriously, and has herself completed her BA on the subject of redheaded historical figures in children’s literature. She told reporters that if “Kick a Black Person Day” or “Kick a Homosexual Day” were launched on Facebook, the matter wouldn’t be taken lightly.
“Kick-A-Ginger Day”, itself a derivative of Britain’s “ginger bashing” tradition, was, however, taken seriously here in Iceland. The National Parent’s Association of Iceland sent out notices to schools across the country, warning of the impending event, encouraging school authorities to be on the lookout for bullying of redheaded children.
Eiríkur Jónsson, editor of the magazine Séð og Heyrt, wrote an article on his blog, expressing worry for members of his family – his son is redheaded, as is a female relative; the Social Democrat MP Ólína Þorvarðardóttir. Not backing down from those who would persecuate the redheaded, Jónsson challenged would-be attackers, “Bring it on if you dare.”
At the time of this reporting, no serious incidents of ginger-bashing have made it to press. The above photo, however, is taken from a Daily Mail article from 2007 about a family of redheads who were forced to move from their home due to excessive neighborhood bullying.



News
LAST CHANCE: You Can Paint Harpa From Your Computer

LAST CHANCE: You Can Paint Harpa From Your Computer

by

I don’t know if you noticed, but Harpa has had some strange light displays on it lately. Halldór Eldjárn and his

News
Horse Meat Still Not Really Popular Amongst Icelanders

Horse Meat Still Not Really Popular Amongst Icelanders

by

New data from Statistics Iceland shows that horse meat remains the least popular animal flesh in the country. According to

News
Dozens Of Reindeer Struck By Cars Every Winter

Dozens Of Reindeer Struck By Cars Every Winter

by

Cars and reindeer do not mix, as police in southeast Iceland are well aware. A reindeer was found struck by

News
Ash Wednesday In Pictures

Ash Wednesday In Pictures

by

If you have been outside at all today, you have no doubt noticed all the goblins, mini-Trumps, witches, and superheroes,

News
Death At Reynisfjara

Death At Reynisfjara

by

Despite repeated warnings and too many close calls, a tourist has drowned in Reynisfjara after being swept out to sea.

News
Reykjavík: The Third Happiest City In The World

Reykjavík: The Third Happiest City In The World

by

The overwhelming majority of people living in Reykjavík are happy to be here, a new European Commission survey shows. According

Show Me More!