The card's "joke" was "Santa loves all kids. Even ginger ones". Hilarious.
A Virgin Media advert for Living TV's Dating In The Dark, which asked "How do you spot a ginger in the dark?" has also been banned this week by the Advertising Standards Authority.
The reaction to the removal of the gingerist card has been met with horror by some commentators, as can be seen from the comments section of the story in the Basildon Recorder, the Essex town where the company making the cards is located.
Vange Les says: "It seems we're not allowed to have a laugh about anything these days for fear of annoying somebody. We used to hear jokes on TV about Irish, Scots, black people, Pakistanis etc, all of which were totally innocent, just amusing, and I'm sure almost everybody thought the same. But these days we can't speak or write about anything or anybody."
Yes, the days of Bernard Manning. You can still hear jokes about Irish and Scottish people on television, incidentaly. Mr Les does not seem to have watched Mock the Week.
thelonewhinger from Benfleet says: "Great future in prospect as we all stride on looking neither left nor right with blank expression, uttering nought and writing nought lest it offends someone somewhere who demands the usual mandatory apology - welcome to robot Britain."
"Beth the original one" from Hawkwell says: "I am blonde and i have found quite a lot of the blonde jokes funny, good job i didnt go running to the echo whenever a blonde joke was cracked, otherwise the echo would have headlines for the next 10 decades."
Those on the recieving end of anti-ginger abuse:
Beth's comment ignores the fact that very few, if any, cases of people bullied for having blonde hair have been reported, while there are a number of cases of people bullied for having ginger hair.
A couple of years ago in Newcastle, the Chronicle Live reported the horrific story of a ginger-haired family forced to move three times after physical and verbal abuse.
Michele Elliott of anti-bullying charity Kidscape told the Chronicle Live: "What people do not realise is that this is a hate campaign. It is not just bullying."
The full-time dad [Kevin Chapman] said: "It started more than three years ago, when the kids started getting bullied by local lads. They've been punched and kicked and thrown over a hedge. Every time they go out these gangs have got to them.
"We can't even go to the local shops which are only two minutes away. The kids get all their stuff taken off them. The abuse we have to endure is just disgusting. I mean, having ginger hair, you expect people to have a bit of fun, but this is just unbelievable."
Last week Mr Chapman says Kevin was assaulted by a girl in the street, who punched him repeatedly, blacking his eye.
And on Wednesday, Mr Chapman returned from an appointment with social services to find his windows had been put through.
Recently, in Barrie, Canada, a number of schoolchildren were attacked as part of "National Kick A Ginger Day". This "tradition" began last year, according to Barrie police spokesperson Detective Constable Keira Brooks.
Attacks on "Kick A Ginger Day" also took place in California, where seven students at A.E. Wright Middle School were assualted, according to the Huffington Post.
Finlo Rohrer of the BBC also reports on gingerism in a BBC Magazine article:
Photographer Charlotte Rushton has been chronicling the UK's redheads for a book, Ginger Snaps. Of the 300 she snapped, only two have been spared bullying because of their hair. She herself has suffered verbal abuse from complete strangers.Some people on Youtube also like to make gingerist videos. I've embedded a rather foul one below from beaver4074. It reminds me of some of the guff that the far right produce. For some reason, Youtube don't regard the video as hate speech.
"I was on the Tube, pregnant, and I was really humiliated by this drunk yob. He was shouting 'do the cuffs and the collars match?' He got right up into my face. You don't do that to other people."
The legal situation regarding gingerism:
Catherine Barker, an employment law specialist at Pinsent Masons, told the Register that anti-discrimination legislation does not prohibit less favourable treatment due to hair colour.
However, Baker says: "It could however amount to bullying... In the workplace, if an employee feels that they are being bullied or harassed for any reason, for example because of their hair colour or appearance, they could lodge a grievance and ultimately could even take the fairly drastic step of resigning and claim constructive dismissal if they could show that their employer failed to intervene to prevent the bullying or harassment concerned."
Despite the failure of anti discrimination legislation to prevent abuse of ginger haired people, it is clear that gingerism is a real issue. I hope that people will realise that opposing gingerism is not intended to limit freedom of speech but simply to allow people the right to be treated as a human being.
In the Netherlands, Redhead Day takes place on September 5 in Breda. People come from all over the world, with 3,000 ginger people and 7,000 non-ginger people attending this year, the BBC reports.
Ceri Radford of the Daily Telegraph offers a well articulated opposing view on the gingerist Tesco Christmas card.
The Gingerism blog is worth reading for more information on this form of discrimination.