Hallmark Faces Backlash For Changing Lyric From ‘Gay’ To ‘Fun’ In ‘Deck The Halls’


#1

I’m sooooooo sick of this PC garbage. More inside the link. What’s next, revising the theme song to The Flinstones?

stlouis.cbslocal.com/2013/11/01/hallmark-faces-backlash-for-changing-lyric-from-gay-to-fun-in-deck-the-halls/

Greeting card giant Hallmark said Thursday that it shouldn’t have changed the lyrics to “Deck the Halls” on a new holiday ornament that stirred a backlash from customers online.

The Kansas City, Mo.-based company has been defending itself after it began selling a miniaturized version of a tacky holiday sweater that changes the lyrics to the holiday carol. The ornament removes the word “gay” and emblazons the sweater with the phrase: “Don we now our FUN apparel!”


#2

That’s just awkward. Really, really awkward.

It’s funny though, a quick google shows that both people who are against gay marriage and those who are for it agree that Hallmark made a mistake and that this is ridiculous.

I guess that kind of unity are what the holidays are all about:D


#3

Wha? Why? l… jus… o bother let’s go eat some Freedom Fries.


#4

And we’ll all feel FUN when Johnny comes marching home.


#5

Many words have multiple meanings. This was a silly and unnecessary move by Hallmark.

As a side note, I recall working at at Roy Rogers Restaurant when I was in college. The decor included posters from many of his movies. One was entitled “The Gay Caballero.” Still gives me a chuckle when I think about it…


#6

Um, is this some kind of joke? Like another poster said, words have multiple meanings. Removing a word from an old Christmas carol is ridiculous. Plain and simple.


#7

I have to admit I bought the ornament for my son and never made the connection between the sweater and the song so the change went right over my head.


#8

They should have just changed the whole song to “Fa la la la la la la la…” and kids wouldn’t have known the difference.


#9

Did Hallmark have a hostile takeover by OCP? Quick, someone write (another) letter to Archbishop +Sample!


#10

Yes, both liberals and conservatives would protest the change of wording, but probably for different reasons.


#11

What shocks me are the people saying that they are done with Hallmark and that there should be a boycott. Really? Over a stupid try-not-to-offend-anyone mistake?

Honestly, yes, it’s silly. No, Hallmark shouldn’t have done it. But yikes, with today’s political climate, especially when it comes to gay rights, I can understand the company’s trepidation about using the word ‘gay’. While I don’t think it would, using it could in theory open them up to attacks from all sides.


#12

Reminds me of a one-liner I heard on a Kingston Trio album: Show me a cowboy who rides sidesaddle, and I’ll show you a gay ranchero.

(I was so socially out of touch that I was in my 20s before I understood that joke.)


#13

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