Elmo Teaches Kids About Accepting Redheads on ‘Conan’

I’m not sure why the trend of bullying kids with red hair ever began, but I write about television, so I’m going to go ahead an blame a South Park episode called “Ginger Kids.” You know, the one in which Cartman explains the effect of “gingervitus”: “ginger kids have no soul.” Sure, blaming this issue on a measly old cartoon episode is probably a gross inaccuracy, but it’s all I’ve got. The affect is: bullying. That’s why famous red-haired comedian Conan O’Brien has the solution: a PSA from the most famous redhead of them all, Elmo. It’s just too bad even Elmo couldn’t do much to prevent kids from being completely terrified at the sight of Conan.

Celebrity Editor Kelsea Stahler was born in a pile of dirt. Okay, she was actually born in an old Naval hospital in San Diego, which then became a pile of dirt and remained as such for a number of years before becoming a parking lot perfectly sized for circus tents, and finally a museum. She eventually left San Diego to attend New York University, where she studied Journalism and English literature — two less-than profitable liberal arts degrees about which guidance counselors warned her. Against all odds, she now resides in Brooklyn, where she fights the constant fear that the locals will soon discover she isn’t quite cool enough to live there, and makes a living writing absurd, pop culture features about Batman, zombies, vampires, funny people, and Ron Swanson.

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