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Get your 'Congratulations on your boycott' cards now

by Jeremy Hooper

Just an F.Y.I.: Even though no "official" boycott has been announced at this time, the boycotthallmark.com domain name has already been bought! By whom, you ask? Well...


And who is FPN? Well, that would be the Virginia affiliate of the boycott-happy American Family Association.

Looks like it's time to trade in your e-cards for the real thing, gays (and all lovers of consumer fairness)!

**EARLIER: SHOCKER -- The AFA is annoyed with a company [G-A-Y]
Why should we be gays be worthy of cards? What are we, humans? [G-A-Y]
A hallmark moment for the equality movement [G-A-Y]

**If you'd like to send Hallmark a supportive message, you can use this link.

***UPDATE, 8/25
: Because threatening inclusive businesses is a 'Family Policy'? [G-A-Y]

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Your thoughts

Well, hopefully once the boycott begins, Hallmark's stock will go up just like McDonald's.

When are these people gonna realize that boycotts just don't work. All they do is call attention to their own craziness, and I have a feeling the general public is pretty much over these groups self-righteous indignation. Just how many things can one become outraged about, before people simply find them laughable?

Polls are beginning to indicate that the crazies are losing the battle.

Posted by: Taylor | Aug 22, 2008 12:53:49 PM

I think the underlying theme here, when you take a step back and look at the hysteria over the wedding announcements and the latest string of boycotts, is the terror these folks fear realizing that the culture is moving so tidally against them.

I think after they're success in 2004 writing marriage bans into law, they felt that they had won the fight. Now, to their horror, they realize that none of those amendments even matter on the cultural level.

Most Americans believe (for better or for worse) in free market principles and our quite accustomed to niche marketing geared towards every conceivable minority group. I don't think they see it as "greed" but as a company doing what its supposed to do, trying to make a buck.

Posted by: Phil | Aug 22, 2008 1:38:18 PM

Note to self: Purchase Hallmark stock before they change their mind.

Posted by: Matt Algren | Aug 22, 2008 1:41:06 PM

Well Jason, why do you think I made this discovery? My credit card was out and ready to snatch up the domain :-)

Posted by: G-A-Y | Aug 22, 2008 2:09:15 PM

The comment link to Hallmark is not functioning ... I hope they aren't in overload, and if so, they are getting messages of support ...

Posted by: Gettin married anyway | Aug 22, 2008 2:48:56 PM

I'm getting tired of this. First I have to start going to McDonalds every now and then (although their salads are really pretty good!). Now I'm going to have to stop going to the party store where I get my cards for under a buck and start paying full price for the Hallmark brand. Curse you FPN!

Posted by: Steve - Geneva, IL | Aug 22, 2008 3:57:22 PM

Does anyone know who owned the domain name before? Apparently the Hallmark channel pissed the fundies off back in '04 or '05, by removing some radical religious freak from the Sunday morning lineup. And around that time the domain was purchased, and then in '05 the registration expired. I suspect that this boycott will be equally as effective.

Unfortunately, Hallmark is privately held, so we can't cash in on any stock market windfall from this one. I didn't know until today that Hallmark also owns Crayola . . . guess those less-literate fundies won't be able to buy anything to write with either.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Aug 22, 2008 4:00:17 PM

I just sent comment easily thanked them both for the commitment cards and the coming out cards...which I think is really fine.

Posted by: LOrion | Aug 22, 2008 4:15:48 PM

Thanks Dick, I was trying to find the stock.

Posted by: LOrion | Aug 22, 2008 4:18:51 PM

I sent them this via the comment form:

"Thank you so much for your new same-sex wedding cards! Two of my closest friends will be entering same-sex marriages in the coming months, and now it will be easy to find cards congratulating them on that milestone. When my wife and I married four years ago, we were told that everything had man-and-woman imagery or wording on it. We got lots of pretty blank cards with handwritten messages instead.

While one can find (often pricey) same-sex wedding cards in small urban specialty shops, it's good to know that our relatives in small and mid-size towns can now find the right card in the mall. I know that you are receiving opposition for this move, but I also know that people all over the country are happy when their LGBT sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, and friends find a love worth celebrating. You are not creating change in the culture, merely reflecting it. Thank you for filling an important niche. I will be certain to use your cards for my loved ones' birthdays, and quite a few are coming up!

PS--I particularly love the rainbow hearts card."

Posted by: GreenEyedLilo | Aug 22, 2008 9:58:15 PM

I respectfully suggest that we all send Hallmark thank-you cards to McDonalds.

When you care enough to send the very best..


Posted by: David Weintraub | Aug 22, 2008 11:22:16 PM

The gan over at Reddit are attempting to subvert AFA's auto-mailer and encouraging the community to rewrite the text and send letters of support:


Posted by: Mike C | Aug 24, 2008 12:22:49 AM

Unfortunately, Mike, it doesn't work like that. Regardless of what you input, the AFA will still send it as if message is supportive of their side. Plus, they will add you as one of their supporters, thus upping the ranks that they will later tout in press releases ("10,500 people support our boycott!").

Trust me, I've conducted numerous experiences on the subject.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Aug 24, 2008 6:02:37 PM

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