“Oh Hallmark. You didn’t. Oh, wait you did. Hallmark’s ‘Holiday Sweater’ ornament is decorated with ‘Don we now our FUN apparel’ instead of “Don we now our GAY apparel.”Why? Hallmark says: ‘When the lyrics to ‘Deck the Halls’ were translated from Gaelic and published in English back in the 1800’s, the word ‘gay’ meant festive or merry,’ according to a statement released Wednesday. ‘Today it has multiple meanings, which we thought could leave our intent open to misinterpretation.’ Homophobic? I say, yes you are.” – CNN anchor Carol Costello, writing on her Facebook page.
UPDATE: Hallmark has issued an apology.
“We’ve been surprised at the wide range of reactions expressed about the change of lyrics on this ornament, and we’re sorry to have caused so much concern,” the statement read. “We never intend to offend or make political statements with our products and in hindsight, we realize we shouldn’t have changed the lyrics on the ornament.” But Hallmark spokeswoman Linda Odell said the company has no plans to stop selling the ornament.