|Photo via Twitter.|
Seriously, how did this even get into print?! I saw someone post this on Facebook and had to write on it. There are about a bajillion things wrong with this birthday card, I don't even know where to begin. For one, it is for a 13-YEAR-OLD'S BIRTHDAY! 13! I'm sorry, but I thought this was the 21st century, where marrying underage girls is illegal.
Not only is this promoting the fact that all young girls need to worry about is to find a "rich boyfriend" to support them, but the only way that they will be able to get said boyfriend is to have "bigger boobies." Since when did young girls need diamonds and rubies?! I wouldn't even trust myself at 22 with that kind of jewelry.
This photo went viral over the weekend, when a mother from the UK posted this photo that she found at Hallmark. It got even more attention when American author Maureen Johnson reposted the picture on her Twitter page.
|Screenshot via Maureen Johnson's Twitter.|
Hallmark immediately responded with a message that said that they agree that the card is not appropriate and apologize on behalf of Arnold Barton. David Dean, Managing Director of Hambledon Studios, a subsidiary of Hallmark UK, also issued this updated explanation for the card:
"This card was produced by Creative Publishing prior to Hallmark Cards acquiring the company in 1998. We are as surprised and horrified as anyone else to have discovered that there are still copies in circulation. The card has not been produced for over 15 years and would never pass our own strict guidelines of taste and appropriateness. We would like to assure all our customers that we will do everything in our power to track down remaining copies."