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Hallmark Switches ‘Gay’ to ‘Fun’ in ‘Deck the Halls,’ Faces Uproar

Hallmark recently released a Christmas-sweater ornament that changed the words of the famous Christmas carol “Deck the Halls” to “Don we now our fun apparel.” The traditional lyrics are “Don we now our gay apparel.”

Hallmark defended the change saying, “When the lyrics to ‘Deck the Halls’ were translated from Gaelic and published in English back in the 1800s, the word ‘gay’ meant festive or merry. Today it has multiple meanings, which we thought could leave our intent open to misinterpretation.”

This response prompted criticism on Facebook. One user said, “I am disappointed that Hallmark decided to change a word from the song ‘Deck The Halls’ because of political correctness. What’s next — removal of the words Christmas and Christ because someone may be offended?”

Another wrote, ”In my view, you owe two formal apologies; one to the gay community, and one to Christmas celebrants who love and cherish the traditional about the holiday.”

And another user said, “Shame on hallmark for changing the words to ‘Deck the Halls’ on its Christmas cards. Gay is a legitimate word meaning happy. We don’t need big money corporations making artificial changes to the English Language. Language should come from the people.”

On Thursday, Hallmark released a statement rejecting claims that the change was made with political motives. “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 said. “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.”

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