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Monday, November 4, 2013

Hallmark Apologizes For Omitting ‘Gay’ From Holiday Ornament

The greeting card giant says it was surprised at the reaction and now realizes it shouldn’t have touched the lyrics to the classic carol, but has no plans to stop selling the ornament. (Hallmark Inc. via AP)

The greeting card giant says it was surprised at the reaction and now realizes it shouldn’t have touched the lyrics to the classic carol, but has no plans to stop selling the ornament. (Hallmark Inc. via AP)

Hallmark is getting flak for changing the lyrics of “Deck the Halls” on a holiday ornament. The company changed the lyrics to read “Don we now our FUN apparel,” omitting the word “gay” from the popular song.

There was outrage on Hallmark’s Facebook page and on Twitter, and some said they would boycott the company. Hallmark posted an apology on its website but continues to sell the ornament.

Here & Now’s Robin Young talks to marketing professor Akshay Rao.

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  • Akshay Rao, marketing professor at the University of Minnesota.

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