It’s so hard to understand each other in this life. First there was that unfortunate honey bun mixup, and now Hallmark is trying to prevent a bunch of press conferences from happening (too late!) by pulling a graduation card from shelves. Why? Because either Hoops or Yo-Yo–I don’t know which character is which–spouts shockingly racist insults and threats when you open the card. Well, maybe.
Okay, maybe not:
The actual spoken phrase, if you can’t watch the video, is “You black holes, you’re so ominous! [Other character laughs and says ‘Ooooo!’] And you planets? Watch your backs.”
The president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP says the card is intentionally demeaning African-American women, by first calling them prostitutes and then threatening them. He also says that “if reasonable people can listen to this and interpret it the way I did,” then Hallmark should pull the card.
The inside of the card also displays the word “saturn,” all lowercase. I don’t think the group is complaining about that but I do have to wonder: if it’s not a slur against somebody, then why isn’t it capitalized properly?
“The Hallmark of a black hole” [Discover Magazine] (Thanks to Parv!)