Monday, December 27, 2004

The end of blonde jokes?
Blonde Jokes To Be Banned?

Blonde jokes are set to be banned in Hungary after blonde women staged an angry protest outside parliament. The protestors handed in a petition claiming they were being discriminated against in every walk of life by bad taste blonde jokes.

Spokeswoman Zsuzsa Kovacs said: "Blondes face discrimination in the job market, in the workplace when they get a job, and even on the streets. People are banned from discriminating against Jews, or blacks, so why not grant blondes the same protection."

The petition was handed to the equal opportunities minister Kinga Goncz asking her to investigate whether jokes about blondes fall into the same category as religious discrimination.

The petition was just short of the 100,000 needed to force Parliament to debate the matter but Goncz's deputy who spoke to the crowd pledged the government would act to stop any discrimination. [Ananova]
As often in the fight for rights, things turn ugly...

Dark Side of Blonde Protest

Police say campaigners fighting for a ban on blonde jokes in Hungary turned violent in a protest outside a bar.

Hungary's Blonde Women's Movement marched on parliament to hand in a petition demanding MPs to outlaw blonde jokes. Police have now revealed that they also staged a protest outside a bar called Blondy that turned to violence when staff tried to move them on.

Bar manager, Laszlo Bolyocki, said: "Our bar is a new one and we didn't want to cause any offence with the name. But when we tried to get rid of the protestors they turned violent, and threw cakes and eggs at the windows and urged their blonde sisters working here to go on strike."

Blonde Women's Movement founder Krisztina Timar, 29, said: "This bar was using dumb blonde jokes to promote itself. It's thanks to stunts like this that people look down on us - and we have much worse chances of getting a job." [Ananova]

This could be the start of a movement. Who knows where this could lead?