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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Fundy Boycott of Hallmark to Be Announced in Three, Two, One…

posted by on August 21 at 11:27 AM

The greeting card company is rolling out a line of cards for same-sex weddings and civil unions.

Most states don’t recognize gay marriage—but now Hallmark does.

The nation’s largest greeting card company is rolling out same-sex wedding cards—featuring two tuxedos, overlapping hearts or intertwined flowers, with best wishes inside. “Two hearts. One promise,” one says.

Hallmark added the cards after California joined Massachusetts as the only U.S. states with legal gay marriage. A handful of other states have recognized same-sex civil unions. The language inside the cards is neutral, with no mention of wedding or marriage, making them also suitable for a commitment ceremony.

Hallmark says the move is a response to consumer demand, not any political pressure.

The cards are, of course, ugly and banal, which is as it should be. We wanted equal treatment, after all, not special rights. But while Hallmark may not have brought these cards out in response to political pressure, it should brace itself for some political pressure. The haters aren’t going to be happy. No doubt the American Family Association, which is currently boycotting McDonalds (fundy families could do with a little less junk food), will go after Hallmark too.

Oh, and you gotta love this: at the AFA’s Boycott McDonalds site you’ll find this…

WARNING: The images below contain male full-frontal nudity. Please be aware and exercise caution before viewing these images. If you are under 18, please leave this page!

Then some standard-issue images of naked folks at a pride parade, which the AFA accuses McDonalds of co-sponsoring. (Some of the folks at this particular pride parade could do with a little less junk food too.) What will their AFA’s Boycott Hallmark site show? Pictures of fully-clothed gays and lesbians getting married? “Warning: Women in matching wedding dresses! If you are under 18, please go leave this page and go to Burger King!”

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Those cards sound gayer than the market they're intended for.

Posted by Ziggity | August 21, 2008 11:38 AM

It reminds me of what Hallmark did by creating "Dadless" Father's Day tribute cards to single mothers for their children to give them on Father's Day.

This isn't surprising. Hallmark wants to stay apace and make money.

Posted by lark | August 21, 2008 11:41 AM

Can we all agree now that there never was a "culture war"? That it was just a crazy name the crazies gave to their never-ending crazy hissy fit?

And even if we can't agree, Hallmark now has marriage cards for same-sex couples -- war over, crazies.

Posted by whatevernevermind | August 21, 2008 11:54 AM

Freedom through the Market. Ron Paul loves you, Dan.

Posted by P to the J | August 21, 2008 12:07 PM

I think these fundie sites supposedly decrying decadence and filth which then depict full nudity and/or fetish objects and clothing are simply porno for hypocrites.

Posted by inkweary | August 21, 2008 12:08 PM

Just out of curiosity, when's the last time a fundie boycott actually had any impact or achieved anything?

Posted by rb | August 21, 2008 12:09 PM

Funny, I thought Hallmark was pretty fundy themselves. You know, big on the so-called "traditional family" and Thomas Kincaid images out the ass.

Posted by Chris | August 21, 2008 12:13 PM

Eh; for every Kinkade there's one of those cartoons of the old lady cursing. I think they're a quintessential give-the-market-anything-it-wants-(within-reason) companies.

Posted by leek | August 21, 2008 12:28 PM

Does Hallmark still deny benefits for same sex couples??

Posted by Lloyd Cooney | August 21, 2008 12:55 PM

@6 - Well, they claim credit for their Starbucks boycott causing 600 stores to shut down. That's about as close as they've gotten so far to making a difference: Boycotting a company that was already losing money.

Posted by Chris in Tampa | August 21, 2008 1:12 PM

no seriously...if you haven't yet, go to the boycott mcdonald's website.

The comments from the people alone will make you laugh like crazy--these people are idiots with minimal HTML skills and they CERTAINLY don't know how to use spell check.

I love it!

"I am sorry to hear about your support of the homosexual agenda. I cannot support your business, just as I would not support any business who is pouring patrons' money into any socially harmful activity. Would you support an organization that promoted alcoholism, drug abuse, pedophilia? It is really no different, especially in the harmful effects it has on our society."

"My "family" has given McDonald's dollars of business over the last 20 plus years, because of it's family oriented business code, but NO LONGER. We you stoop so low as to give away your customer's hard earned money to give to such a far out and anti-biblical cause I and many others will NO LONGER support you. I will continue to support Chick Fil A and any other of your competitators. Keep up this stance and YOU, MCDONALDS will be OUT of BUSINESS! NO MILLIONS SERVED! Thank you/"

Posted by anna | August 21, 2008 1:49 PM

@6 - The AFA and Focus on the Family led a boycott of Procter and Gamble for advertising in gay media and tv programs, and for supporting repeal of a Cincinnati law that barred the city from adopting anti-discrimination laws to protect gays. P&G relented. That said, such boycotts (on either side) rarely work, and over the years the steady march in big corporate America is towards open support of gay rights / issues.

Posted by nightlifejitters | August 21, 2008 2:09 PM

How about a boycott of stupidity. That should take care of Focus on my butthole.

Posted by Vince | August 21, 2008 2:38 PM

-Begin angsty 17 year old angsty rant full of angst-

Why are fundies so Stupid, so ridiculous? I've been sure I was gay since I was 10, and WANTED my friends. They claim they're defending the children from immoral people and "lifestyles'", when in fact they're hurting us-- "mind-fucking us" so to speak. They rant on and on about the "homosexual agenda" What the HELL are they talking about? We just want to be treated as equals, not be hurt or harrassed, and be protected the same as everyone else by the government, maybe celebrate that its legal to be gay with a pride parade, and suddenly we're, "evil immoral people supporting the homosexual agenda and corrupting children"? WTF?!? I dare say the fundies are the evil immoral people, supporting the "kill all fags and make war with everyone who doesn't believe the same Dumb-fuck biblical brainwashing bullshit we do"

-End angsty 17 year old angsty rant full of angst-

Sorry for the long rant, everyone, but some of the retarded brainwashing fundie BS on the boycott mcdonalds site struck a nerve.

Posted by ssr | August 21, 2008 7:57 PM

Now I don't feel bad about the Mickey D's I had for lunch.

Posted by Joy | August 21, 2008 8:15 PM

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