Blondes have long since been used in storytelling as harbingers of death and destruction. The horrors they’ve brought have evolved from ancient Greece to medieval times; women with light hair were seen as seductresses thanks to the Greek goddess Aphrodite and her golden hair to the misogynistic Middle Ages, a time when sex and women were equally suspect, where women with flaxen hair were seen as sinful. As far as villains go, there seems to be two camps in which blonde are placed: the baddie whose light hair and sunny disposition mask something dark and wicked. In the other, the baddie whose strong and healthy good looks reflect the real-life nightmare blondes of the 20th century.
Which brings me to the modern age. In doing my annual rewatch of Game of Thrones, I started to see a pattern emerge. I saw it happen when I watched Battlestar Galactica and saw real life current events coincide with what I was watching, like the advent of cylons. Only this pattern that’s emerging is much more sinister. I’m in the sweet spot of GoT (mid-series) where the villains seem to be evenly distributed across all hair colors since SPOILERS half of the Lannisters are dead. It still doesn’t take away from the fact that more and more, I’m noticing that blondes are being portrayed as the bad guys in many franchises
but also now in politics (although I’m not sure what color you’d consider Trump’s hair.)
I’m not the only one noticing that there seems to be a wave of evil blondes coming to the forefront of domestic policy.
What is it with the modern fascist and this weird shitty haircut? pic.twitter.com/ODAMG3e0Wi— Damien Walter (@damiengwalter) March 15, 2017
As a blonde myself (natural at first, now with a little help from my friends,) it’s incumbent upon me to issue a warning: Guys, be wary of an uncomfortable amount of blondes gathering in one place.