Do I even have to comment on the ridiculousness of Hallmark changing it in the first place. The word has multiple meanings and given the context I think intelligent human beings know it means happy! I am unhappy with the continued insanity in this country!
An early squirmish in the War On Christmas has erupted over an ornament sold by Hallmark; the ornament depicts a traditional Ugly Christmas Sweater with lines from "Deck the Halls" on it, but "Don we now our gay apparel" has been changed to "Don we now our FUN apparel."
A few people rolled their eyes and complained on the company's FaceSpace page, noting that the change seemed, like, totally gay.
American Patriarchy Association spokesweirdo BRYAN FISCHER tweeted a link to the story, describing the kerfuffle as --quote-- "The bully bigots of Big Gay committing a hate crime, going after Hallmark over sexual orientation." Yes, that's how everyone else reads it, right?
Hallmark issued a wimpy assed politically correct statement, explaining that it was just trying to be historically accurate while sidestepping that one word that 5th graders like to shout and snicker about while caroling.
The explanation, in part: "Hallmark created this year's Holiday Sweater ornament in the spirit of fun. When the lyrics to 'Deck the Halls' were translated from Gaelic and published in English back in the 1800s, the word 'gay' meant festive or merry. Today it has multiple meanings, which we thought could leave our intent open to misinterpretation."
The company updated its statement yesterday, saying it was surprised by the public's response and that it now realized it shouldn't have changed the lyrics. Elsewhere, a comment posted on one of those out-of-touch wingnut websites says the same thing, though oh so much more tactfully: "Gay used to mean happy. Yet another thing gays ruined."
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