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MP Apologizes for ‘Ginger Rodent’ Slur

Posted on Oct 30, 2010
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The Right Honorable Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the treasury and former secretary of state for Scotland, was the bright-haired victim of the base slur.

A comment by U.K. Labour Party Deputy Leader Harriet Harman has caused a stir within the international red-haired community. Harman, under criticism, has apologized to a parliamentary colleague, Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander, for calling him a “ginger rodent,” referring malignly to Alexander’s, dare I say, quite exquisite hair color and skin pigmentation. —JCL

The Guardian:

Labour’s deputy leader Harriet Harman was forced to apologise today for branding a senior coalition minister a “ginger rodent”.

Harman admitted she had been “wrong” to use the description about Liberal Democrat chief treasury secretary Danny Alexander in a speech.

A statement issued by Labour said: “Harriet Harman has today apologised for her comment about Danny Alexander and says it was wrong.”

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By kerryrose, October 31, 2010 at 6:52 am Link to this comment

Even South Park mocks redheads. 

Except for some grade school taunting, people generally don’t seem to be bothered by my redness.  I wonder if the taunting is generally bad for moast?

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By Diana T Brooks, October 31, 2010 at 5:05 am Link to this comment
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This is benign compared to the mud the amerikans sling at certain ppl.

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By Richard SM, October 30, 2010 at 9:25 pm Link to this comment

And have you seen Harriet Harman’s hair colour?

Pots and kettles!

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By Richard SM, October 30, 2010 at 9:22 pm Link to this comment
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And have you seen a photo of Harriet Harman?

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