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Hallmark changes lyrics of Deck the Halls, omitting the word ‘gay’ on sweater for fear of ‘misinterpretation’

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  1. Yeah, and ‘don’ is still regular parlance for ‘to wear’…

    By panicking over the word ‘gay’ and changing it – in a song to which everyone knows the words – they have only managed to further emphasise it. It would have been less glaring if they’d fitted the word gay with flashing fairy lights.

  2. Should prove a popular item with teh homophobes,
    Don we now our bigots sweaters, tra-la-la-la

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 31 Oct 2013, 4:00pm

    Homophobia! Based in Kansas? Republican territory, home of the infamous Westboro “God Hates Fags” Baptist Cult. Speaks volumes!

  4. “translated from the Gaelic”. LOL You can’t say they have’t done their research. Bit of a rock and a hard place, though. If they had left the original lyric, I can’t imaging that many people would buy it. 96% of the population are straight. The word has changed use. I don’t consider their actions homophobic but it might have been less troublesome to stick to Jingle Bells.

  5. Coffee Drinker 31 Oct 2013, 4:36pm

    What? Instead of using the verse from another carol on their overpriced sweated that can only be used once a year, they had tho change the lyrics of that particular song? They may as well had a logo from Chick-fil-A or Barilla pasta sewn on.

    1. £8.07, “overpriced”?!

      … Actually, I think you’re right.

  6. Christopher Coleman 31 Oct 2013, 4:54pm

    Poor Hallmark! Can’t use “gay” because it has many meanings, but they use “fun”, which also has many meanings, some of which are not quite nice, especially in a Christmas carol. But Hallmark specializes in greeting cards; hardly the soul of sincerity. Moreover, the sweater has been made for Christmas, the time of year when sentimental twaddle is obligatory.

  7. Is this an item for bigots to wear or a cute little homophobic decoration to hang on your holiday tree?… this is as unclear as the message Hallmark is putting out.
    Major fail Hallmark

  8. They can’t really win. If they did put Gay people would be up in arms. There’s no pleasing people.

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