7. "Crazy Redhead"It is a common stereotype in film and television to show redheads as one of either two things (or sometimes both)... either wild and adventurous, or crazy, and Emma Pillsbury fits into the later section of this stereotyping. Before people start to get insulted with my use of the word "crazy" I don't mean it... I am just trying to make a point of how insulting some stereotypes can be. Emma on Glee suffers with quite severe OCD; and no, I don't think OCD is "crazy", but it is an illness. Not that you need to know anything about me (or want to), but I also suffer from OCD, similar but less severely than Emma's, and surprisingly, I am not insulted by this representation. In fact, I think it is one of the better few representations of this illness on television, and I am thankful to see my condition represented on TV. But the "Crazy Redhead" stereotype (for example Catherine Tate on the US Office) is used too many times, and is not only arguably insulting to people who suffer from mental illnesses, but more so to redheads themselves who often get a hard time from the media and even the world... stereotypes like this one, or the stereotype of them being fiery, feisty and adventurous won't do that much to help. However, there are a lot of redheads currently on TV who don't fit into these categories, and due to their popularity - Christina Hendricks and Damien Lewis for example - this will help give much needed balance to the redheaded stereotypes.
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