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These Christmas cards ditch the cute and go for the shock

When some families ditched the gift store in favour of hand-made cards, this is what they came up with.

While the festival season is when gift card stores like Archies, Hallmarks, etc., see the highest sales, no one can deny that hand-made cards have their own sentimental value. Plus, they are appreciated by all. These families took hand-made cards to another level, attracting a lot of controversy online.

Peace on Earth

The Johnsons from Louisiana shot to fame — or infamy — after they appeared on photographer Hannah Hawkes’ Facebook page. It has since then polarised the social media. It has been condemned and appreciated in equal measure. All the female family members seem to have been silenced by duct tape. They argue that it encourages sexism, enforces gender discrimination and is in poor taste.

(Source: Hannah Fawkes/Facebook) (Source: Hannah Fawkes/Facebook)

Hannah Hawkes was forced to address the issue publicly on Facebook, “I would like to say that as a female I do NOT and have never promoted violence to women! I do not support abuse, or the degradation of women. My controversial photo was taken by request by the family, and was in no way meant to promote abuse. This photo was taken with humor in mind, and was meant as a comical Christmas photo.” It only attracted more vitriol. A Facebook user posted, “It’s not like children volunteer to have their mouths duct taped even as a game or play….when I look at the picture it just triggers me… all this picture brings to mind is the millions and millions of women who get enslaved all over the world daily.” Another posted, “No artistic integrity. No moral center. You were concerned about the paycheck not the serious implications of promoting misogyny.”
The picture was uploaded on Imgur 6 days ago and has already been viewed almost 60,000 times.

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Ho Ho Ho

Natalie Yoshida was excited about their Christmas card this year, as it was her idea. Her father posed sportingly along side the ladies in his life — his wife, elder daughter Natalie (21) and younger daughter Rachel (19). All the women’s T-shirts say ‘Ho’, making it read as ‘Ho Ho Ho’ — Santa’s trademark call. What’s wrong with it, you say? The picture would have seemed like an innocent allusion to Santa had it not been for the father’s T-shirt. It said, ‘Chillin’ with my Ho’s’. The picture — uploaded on Imgur and Reddit — was viewed over 2 million times on its first day itself.

(Source: Natalie Yoshida/Instagram) (Source: Natalie Yoshida/Instagram)

Some users appreciated the word play and took it as good humour on the family’s part, while others were clearly taken aback. “As a father of three goofy girls and a fun wife, this needs more upvotes,” one said. “Well…his daughters are super hot but this is kind of creepy,” commented another user. Natalie says nobody who knows them in real life had an issue with the picture. She seemed quite unfazed by the online reception. “We are the Yoshidas, and we are weird,” she told Buzzfeed.

It’s up to Americans to protect America

America has been debating gun control laws on and off for years now. The discussion gets a boost every time mass shooting news appears. Nevada assemblywoman Michele Fiore made her stance clear in her family Christmas card, featuring all her family members smiling to the camera, the adults armed with guns.

(Source: Michele Fiore/Facebook) (Source: Michele Fiore/Facebook)

On her Facebook post, user Connie Mallet replied, “Each to his own….but I think the timing of this post and card is insensitive given the recent shootings in your country and around the world….A little compassion would go a long way”. The larger reception was mostly positive though.

First published on: 21-12-2015 at 02:48:06 pm
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