South Park

Ginger Kids

Season 9, Ep 11, Aired 11/9/05
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  • Episode Description
  • After giving a presentation on 'Ginger Kids' in class, Cartman gets the other students to discriminate against them. To teach him a lesson, Stan, Kyle, and Kenny sneak in to his room and use makeup to give him the appearance of a Ginger. Their lesson is not realized when Cartman begins to rally his fellow Gingers against the other kids.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Trey Parker

  • Isaac Hayes

    Voice of Jerome "Chef" McElroy

  • Matt Stone

    Voice of Kyle Broflovski; Kenny McKormick; Gerald Broflovski; Pip Pirrup; Jesus; Jimbo Kearn; Phillip; Saddam; Various Others

  • Mona Marshall

    Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Linda Stotch; Various Others

  • Adrien Beard

    Voice of Token Williams

  • Photos (2)
  • Fan Reviews (32)
  • Dawn of the Redheads

    By shengongwu3000, Sep 23, 2006

  • cartman tries to basically destroy the gingers until he becomes one

    By nickity7, Mar 22, 2007

  • By far my favourite episode

    By samantha_x, Feb 19, 2008

  • Cartman shows his leadership skills again!

    By PineTreeMouse, Mar 13, 2007

  • Cartman at his best (or worst)

    By jennuinlyfaux, Nov 21, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (25)

    • Reporter: Tom, I'm standing outside the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, where the new production of 'Annie' has just premiered to cries of outrage! A rapidly growing organization, called the Ginger Separatist Movement, is furious that the lead role of Annie is being played by a girl who isn't actually red-haired and freckled. Joining me now is the gingers' head spokesperson, Eric Cartman. Cartman: That's right. This is bullshit! We true gingers are fearless that the role of Annie is being minimalized! Reporter: What harm do you believe this actress is doing to the true red-haired community? Cartman: The bitch isn't ginger. She's just using makeup to look ginger. And pretending to be ginger with makeup is the worst thing anybody can do!

    • Cartman: Ginger people go on to do amazing things in society. We need to let everyone in this school know that we are not inferior. That we are, in fact, beautiful, totally awesome, and super smart. It's time for us to take back our pride!

    • Cartman: Hey dudes, what's going on? (coughs) How's everything with you guys? Kyle: Wow, Cartman, you look... different. Cartman: Yes, well, it's interesting you should point that out, Kyle. I went to the doctor yesterday, and apparently I suffer from a small skin pigment deficciency. Stan: You mean, you're a ginger? Cartman: Actually, Ginger-vitis is the medical term. Kyle: Is that an umbrella you're using? Cartman: Yes, Kyle. The sun's rays are bad for my skin, so I need to be protected when I'm outside. Well, I'm glad we've gotten all that out of the way, and now we can just go on with our lives as normal. Kyle: Wow, that's a little ironic, isn't it? Cartman: What do you mean, Kyle? Kyle: Well, I mean, all last week you were ripping on ginger kids and now you are one. Cartman: Hm. I don't really see the irony in that, Kyle.

    • Doctor: Ms. Cartman, I know this must be very difficult for you. I, for one, can't stand red-haired freckled kids. But you need to understand, there is no cure. Your son will be ginger his whole life. You might want to just... put him down.

    • Cartman: (over a megaphone) We gingers are proud people. We are the decendants of great Americans such as Ron Howard and others. We will not be discriminated against any longer, for we are a great race.

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    Notes (2)

    • In November 2008, this episode gained some controversy after a Facebook account named "National kick a Ginger Day" surfaced on the web where hundreds of redheads were bullied because of their hair color. This episode is often considered the influence for the event.

    • A man in this episode said that he knew someone who is marrying an Asian woman so they wouldn't have ginger kids. This is a little inside joke about Trey Parker who is marrying an Asian woman.

    Trivia (2)

    • In the birds eye view in the back of the Hilton meeting scene, some of the kids have hair that looks brown, some of them kind of dark.

    • The last person in Cartman's slideshow was Carrot Top.

    Allusions (7)

    • Salem's Lot: The ginger kids appearing at a window is a reference to the TV adaptation to the Stephen King novel, Salem's Lot.

    • Nightmare on Elm Street: The scene where the ginger girl is outside the others house singing is a reference to Freddy Krueger, who is a murder movie killer. In the 1984 film A Nightmare On Elm Street, he sings a creepy song similiar to this. One two: Freddy's coming for you. Three four: Better lock the door. Five six: Grab your crucifix. Seven eight: Better stay up late. Nine ten: He's back again.

    • The Witches: The Ginger Kids meeting which they will secretly exterminate non-ginger kids is similar to the Roald Dahl book and 1990 movie The Witches. In The Witches, witches who were in fancy disguises were in a hotel where they had a meeting in which they planned to secretly turn little kids into mice and then eliminate them with mouse traps.

    • Miss Saigon: The Ginger Kids protesting the production of Annie reflects the controversy that surrounded the casting of Jonathan Prices in the leading role of an Asian character in the Original Broadway production of the musical Miss Saigon.

    • Dominant Species: Cartman says people with red hair and freckles are the dominant species, just like Adolf Hitler said about people with blonde hair and blues eyes. Also, the scene where Cartman is marching across the playground with the other ginger kids is also a reference to this infamous leader of Germany.

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