In college, a friend tried to set me up with a guy she knew, but he told her that he didn’t date blondes because, “blondes are stupid.”
I almost wanted to pull up my SAT score (uhh English, not math) to shove in his face.
It didn’t help that my friend had talked up this asshole, Tom, for weeks.
He was cute and funny! His family was awesome! He was a pre-med major!
Over the Christmas holiday, she found out Tom was single.
“You guys would be perfect for each other!” she said.
OK, I said.
And then, right when I was warming up to the idea of giving Tom, the pre-med major, a chance, he revealed that he was prejudiced.
His reasoning for not wanting to go out with me wasn’t because he’s “not attracted” to blondes.
I would have even brushed off him saying “no thanks” based solely on my hair color if, say, his mom and sisters were blonde, “…and that would be weird.”
His reason for not taking my number? Because “BLONDES ARE STUPID.”
Every single blonde.
This guy…a pre-med major!!!!!
Apparently, according to my friend who was horrified, Tom said had dated a “dumb blonde” in the past, and he didn’t want to date another “dumb” person or bring that person around his smart family.
…And therefore being biased against all blondes made sense to him.
I remember being really pissed and hurt when I heard this news.
Sure, movies and TV shows and Reese Witherspoon and Playboy magazine all depicted blondes as dumb and vapid and only good for one or two things (if you’re creative), but I didn’t think anyone actually believed that, or believed that seriously enough to consider NOT going out on one measly date.
And it made me sad to know that there was at least one person in the world who looked at me and immediately jumped to “dumb.”
Without even giving me an IQ test!!
It wasn’t fair.
I WASN’T DUMB!
JUST BECAUSE THAT PERSON HE DATED WAS DUMB, DIDN’T MEAN I WAS DUMB!!!!
DO YOU SEE THE DISTINCTION????
THIS GUY WAS DUMB!
I was wondering why I remembered that random story today. And then I thought…
I guess I’d rather be categorized by a stranger as “stupid” because I’m blonde, than be categorized by a stranger as a horrible no-good diabolical terrorist because I was born in a certain part of the world.
DO YOU SEE THE DISTINCTION!??!?!?!?