Critics took to Twitter and Hallmark’s Facebook page, accusing the company of making a political statement by using the word “fun” to replace “gay.” Some Facebook commenters said they would never again buy Hallmark merchandise and that the change amounted to the company rewriting Christmas classics in the name of political correctness. Others suggested removing the word “gay” demonstrated a homophobic bias.
The company initially responded by saying the multiple meanings attached to the word “gay” meant the sweater’s lyrics would be “open to misinterpretation.”
When you get everyone upset in this debate, you know you’re really laid an egg.
But Hallmark should have realised that most of us wear “gay apparel” all year. As Domenico Dolce of Dolce and Gabbana fame noted:
The two men so cherish the idea of the family, had they ever thought of getting married. “What?! Never!” they answer in chorus, “I don’t believe in gay marriage.” Dolce laughs. In Catholic Italy, has their sexuality proved a problem? “No, never,” says Dolce. “The fashion industry is full of gays.”
The more we drown in our politically correct stew, the stupider we look.