I've noticed some white people tend to make jokes and comments about redheaded people. They call them gingers. Is this an offensive term, is there a difference between gingers and redheads? Why are they singled out so much?
I love red hair... wish I had it but it wouldn't look good on me. I think calling people gingers are stupid, their is no point... don't see where it's funny. When I see red heads (men and women) I don't think anything negative.
When people say ginger they mean pale/very light skin, freckles and they usually tend to have orange/red hair.
Ginger is not a derogatory term. At least I've never seen it used that way. I happen to think that redheads are hot anyway.
While I'm not sure if this started earlier, but I only know about gingers being made fun of because of South Park. Specifically Cartman. And while I have seen teasing with things like "gingers have no soul" it's always been in jest where the person singled out knows that it's not serious.
Redhead is very generic to refer to anyone with naturally red hair. Ginger is a little more specific which and has several specific features including red/orange hair, freckles, and pale white skin. This is my understanding of it anyway.
I wouldn't consider the term ginger to be offensive in any way. It doesn't have any negative connotations to it, as far as I'm aware. Though there are jokes about how gingers have no soul, and I can see why that would be grating. As to why they're singled out, well..I don't know I'd say they were singled out, but they're probably more noticed because its a fairly uncommon natural hair color in most places.