My friend, who is a blonde female, told me this joke: “So, uh, one day A blonde walks into a bank in New York City and asks for the loan officer. She says she’s going to Europe on business for two weeks and needs to borrow $5,000. The bank officer says the bank will need some kind of security for the loan, so the blonde hands over the keys to a new Rolls Royce. The car is parked on the street in front of the bank, and she has the title and everything is all good. The bank agrees to accept the car as collateral for the loan. The bank’s president and its officers all enjoy a good laugh at the blonde for using a $250,000 Rolls as collateral against a $5,000 loan. An employee of the bank then goes to drive the Rolls Royce into the bank’s underground garage to park it.
Two weeks later, the blonde returns, repays the $5,000 and interest, which is about $15. The loan officer says, ‘Miss, we are very happy to have your business, and this has worked out very nicely, but we are a little puzzled. While you were away, we checked you and found that you are a multimillionaire. What puzzles us is, why would you bother to borrow $5,000?’
The blonde replies, ‘Where else in the city can I park my car for two weeks for only $15 and expect it to be there when I return?’
My friend and I both agree that this a counter-current to the general trend of blonde jokes. Usually demeaning (playfully) of blondes and depicting them as naive, ignorant, or the like, this one conversely shows the blonde winning out over the bank employees (even the president). We see yet another example of the common person triumphing over those who traditionally would have come out on top. It is very much a “Legally Blonde” moment, an instance when the once-oppressed rise above any previously constricted confines to challenge and negotiate their place in society.