Hug a Ginga day - radio stunt

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The Edge radio station in New Zealand are doing a promotion this friday called "Hug a Ginga day", to hug (as permission first of course) a red head.
This has caused some controversy.
What are your thoughts on this?

Hug A Ginga Day is back! Friday 28 May is a day to celebrate the ginger ninja's by way of a hug. When you see a ginga this 'Hug A Ginga Day', give them a big hug and show them some love. JOIN THE REDOLUTION and hug a ginga!

On Friday 28 May the REDOLUTION is coming to a town near you. Edge Roadrunners will be parked up with their 'Hug a Ginga Day' stations where all gingers will be hooked up with loads of free stuff such as Red Bull Shots (cheers Red Bull). If you're not a ginge come on down and hug our Roadrunners who will be wearing red wigs for the day to show their respect for the fair headed species.

We are finding NZ's Most Huggable Gingas. Enter a pic of hugging your favourite ginga right here and be into win Mr Vintage Ginger Ninja Tees. The most huggable ginga finalists will be announced on Hug A Ginga Day!

Hug A Ginga Day, its a time of celebration, so dont be a stinge - HUG A GINGA!

* Please note: After recieving incredible feedback from last year The Edge Radio Station is proud once again to promote "Hug a ginga day". A lot of people really loved the day and are looking forward to it again this year, but there were a few people that didn't enjoy recieving random hugs from strangers. So please before you give your hug...ask for permission first. If you have any comments, please make them here.

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Joanna - posted on 06/05/2010




We are a family of redheads (sort of - I dye mine red, have for years, my husband's beard is red, and my daughter is a redhead). I think this is kind of cute, but just another thing to point out everyone's differences. While I think everyone should love themselves for who they are and celebrate their uniqueness, this will probably soon turn into "where's the hug a brunette day?" or "where's the hug a balding old man day?" etc etc.

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C. - posted on 06/05/2010




Wow.. I never thought something like that would have made such a huge controversy! I think people should take it as a positive thing.. Right? Like, even though they are teased at school or wherever, by people hugging them, isn't that the same as saying they are really accepted in society??

And people say *I* am too sensitive.. :P

C. - posted on 06/05/2010




In case you haven't noticed, Sharon.. The E and W buttons are RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER ON THE KEYBOARD.. Get a grip, it was just a freakin' typo!

Sharon - posted on 06/05/2010




I happen to adore redheads. Now. I d remember distinctly as a child, red headed kids were ostracized. The boys were frequently bullies. Probably due to the unfair treatment.

I have a strong reddish cast to my hair, especially in sunlight. It has startled a lot of people. Its not obvious though until I'm in sunlight and as a child it was mostly blonde. Florida sun bleached it. I'm no where near that blondie stage these days. Mostly because I hide from the sun but when I do leave my head uncovered - serious streaks of blonde show up.

Americans have a CRUDE saying "beat you like a red headed stepchild". its nauseating now but it was common when I was young & I heard it just the other day and it floored me.

Sharon - posted on 06/05/2010




Blondes do not get called TOE heads. christ its TOW.

We searched on "towheads blond why" and were pleased to find this wasn't like so many of those other etymology questions we tackle that prove difficult, if not impossible, to answer. As we learned from the web site of the Washington Post, there is a pretty straightforward reason why people with white-blond hair are called "towheads."
In colonial times, families grew their own flax to make into fabric for clothing. Transforming the flax into thread was a complicated, involved process with many time-consuming steps. After the flax was harvested, it was soaked in water for several days to soften it so the inner fibers could be removed from the stalk. To separate the long, thin fibers from the shorter, coarser ones, the flax was pulled through a bed of nails or combed in a process called "towing." The shorter fibers that were extricated were of a lesser quality and were called "tow." This led to the term "towheads" to describe people, particularly children, whose hair resembled these strands.

Our favorite online dictionary,, provided further support and evidence for this explanation. The definition for towhead reads:

Main Entry: tow�head
Pronunciation: 'tO-"hed
Function: noun
Date: 1829
a head of hair resembling tow especially in being flaxen or tousled; also: a person having such a head of hair
The dictionary dates "tow" to the 14th century and states that its origin is "Middle English, from Old English tow-spinning."

Jodi - posted on 06/04/2010




I don't get the anti redhead thing. But my step-son is a red head (his mother is too), and he hates it. Over summer, he went and got it dyed blonde. I think he gets teased about it a bit, and you only have to mention his red hair and he gets sensitive. We tell him we love it, and that its part of who he is, but he still hates it.

C. - posted on 06/04/2010




I don't see what the big deal is.. Blondes get called toe-heads.. I'm sure there are nick-names for other hair colors, too. Would they rather be called Carrot? Or red pepper, rhubarb or beet perhaps.. It's better than being called "poo-squish head" (DON'T ask..)

Charlie - posted on 05/26/2010




Taronga zoo had an orangutan promotion where all "Ranga's" AKA red heads got in for free , there was a huge uproar of offended redheads , i would have been stoked to get in for free LOL.
And all my male friends love redheads , they say they are better in bed , LOL , Jamie is a redhead !! its the Scotsman in him :D

Louise - posted on 05/26/2010




Bless um! My eldest son has been dating an auburn haired girl for the past couple of years and she takes such flack from the rest of the family because of the colour of her hair. I think it is beautiful and she is very lucky, my husband and other son takes the piss. Luckily for us she has a great sence of humour and takes it all in her stride.

Carolee - posted on 05/26/2010




I told my sister that I want to go to NZ for Friday! I haven't been out in the sun lately, so my hair is looking kinda brown, but it's naturally considered red (I dye it to be more red because of my gray streaks) in the summer, but turns dirty blonde or light brown in the winter. Around here (Indiana), people like the blonde look, so the only time my husband has any troubles spotting me is at Irish Fest!

Jocelyn - posted on 05/26/2010




Lmao It's better than "Kick a Ginger" day :P. I'm a red head (ok, not naturally, but it still counts!) so that means I can look forward to a hug on Friday? Sweet...

ME - posted on 05/26/2010




Crazy...I am Irish, and have dark auburn hair...I've always loved it...It looks totally red in the sun...Never heard of people not liking red heads as a rule...doesn't make any sense what-so-ever!

Krista - posted on 05/26/2010




I also have no idea why there is this weird animosity towards redheads. It's bizarre. Here in Canada, red hair is considered quite attractive (more so on women than on men, though.)

Lady - posted on 05/26/2010




Bizzare, coming from Scotland wher there is a big red head populaton I find it strange the anti red head thing - my hubby loves red heads I even dyed my hair when we first got together. He still says I have the temprement of a red head even if I don't have the hair.

Kylie - posted on 05/26/2010




How strange lol! Hug A Ginga Day seems like a bit of fun but does anyone know why there are so many ginger hate groups on facebook i only see them because my sister joins these groups so i see them in my news feeds..i just put it down to ginger envy :p
Personally i like being a ranga and think it's strange some people want to treat red heads like a kind of minority group.

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