Hallmark Cards regrets taking word 'g...

Hallmark Cards regrets taking word 'gay' off ornament

There are 8 comments on the Reuters story from Nov 2, 2013, titled Hallmark Cards regrets taking word 'gay' off ornament. In it, Reuters reports that:

Hallmark Cards has apologized for changing a word in a well-known Christmas carol from "gay" to "fun" on a holiday ornament.

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“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#1 Nov 2, 2013
I sent them an email about this the other day complaining about this, and I received a form letter as a reply telling me (much to my surprise !?) that the word "gay" has multiple meanings and that they wanted no misunderstandings.

I shan't be purchasing any Hallmark products again.
Speedieg

Atlanta, GA

#3 Nov 2, 2013
I'm sure they changed as they thought no one would buy it with the word gay on it. Sad bit probably true

“Common courtesy, isn't”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#4 Nov 2, 2013
When I read the phrase "fun apparel", I immediately thought of leather harnesses and latex suits. Which is, I'm sure, what Hallmark intended.

What? What'd I say? Don't look at me in that tone of voice. <grin>

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#5 Nov 2, 2013
I don't know who wrote the headline, but according to the responce I got from Hallmark about the email of complaint I sent them, they do NOT regret the change, and have no intention of using the traditional lyric.

If this carol is not in the public domain, the owner should sue them for (as Carl Sagan would say) "BILLIONS AND BILLIONS".
Skyymann

Caraway, AR

#6 Nov 2, 2013
I will not ever believe that their concern was for a "misunderstanding" of their intention.(And if it was, it was of being associated with the gay community as a whole.) It was a homophobic response by a conservative company and they just could not have the word "gay" on the ornament in such a bold fashion, as it is on the sweater. People might think them a liberal company or a company standing up for civil/human rights. Shame on Hallmark. You won't get my business any more either.

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#7 Nov 2, 2013
Skyymann wrote:
I will not ever believe that their concern was for a "misunderstanding" of their intention.(And if it was, it was of being associated with the gay community as a whole.) It was a homophobic response by a conservative company and they just could not have the word "gay" on the ornament in such a bold fashion, as it is on the sweater. People might think them a liberal company or a company standing up for civil/human rights. Shame on Hallmark. You won't get my business any more either.
That's what I told them in my email to them.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#8 Nov 3, 2013
Skyymann wrote:
I will not ever believe that their concern was for a "misunderstanding" of their intention.(And if it was, it was of being associated with the gay community as a whole.) It was a homophobic response by a conservative company and they just could not have the word "gay" on the ornament in such a bold fashion, as it is on the sweater. People might think them a liberal company or a company standing up for civil/human rights. Shame on Hallmark. You won't get my business any more either.
agreed.

As soon as I saw the story appear I new a response like this wasn't far off.

Reminds me of something I heard once. Ever notice that sometimes ideas that come off the top of your head end up small and flaky?
james franco

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

#9 Feb 26, 2014

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