Ginger-itis: Evil Redheads and Angry Gingers in Cinema
01.15.14 by BJSprecher
"We'll beat him like a red-headed step-child!" — Gutterboy, The Wraith (1986)
Despite the fact that many of the most beautiful and talented actors and actresses are redheads — Jessica Chastain currently tops the list of your favorite movie redheads — Hollywood seems determined to paint "gingers" as the bad guys all too frequently. Michael Kittrell, star of our outrageous new reality series, Hollywood Hillbillies, launched his career by railing against the portrayal of gingers on South Park, and ginger discrimination is a very real problem in the U.K., where people have been bullied and even beaten just for having red hair. The problem obviously goes back well before the advent of motion pictures, but Hollywood hasn't been doing redheads any favors, either. If there's a scheming seductress or creepy kid in a movie, chances are they're a redhead.
The highfalutin better watch out!
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Southern socialite Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard, again) vehemently promotes segregation and uses her power and influence to bully and intimidate other white women in Jackson, Mississippi, who disagree with her racist ideals.
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Young Buddy Pine (voiced by Jason Lee) wanted nothing more than to be a hero, like his idol, Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson). But, when Mr. Incredible rejects him as his sidekick, Buddy turns his incredible intellect toward destroying all supers, with his former idol and his family at the top of his list.
Charles Lee Ray, a.k.a. Chucky, Child's Play (1988)
The O'Doyles, Billy Madison (1995)
Dylan Kussman, Dead Poets Society (1989)
Van Pelt, Jumanji (1995)