Hallmark has pulled a graduation card with a micro-speaker that talks about astronomy because Los Angeles NAACP members think “black holes” is a reference to “black whores.”
The card say: “Hey world, we are officially putting you on notice.” Characters called Hoops and Yoyo banter. “And you black holes, you are so ominous. Watch your back,” the card says.
“That was very demeaning to African American women. When it made reference to African American women as whores and at the end, it says ‘watch your back,'” said Leon Jenkins of the Los Angeles NAACP.
When Hallmark was reached by phone, they said the card is all a misunderstanding. The card’s theme is the solar system and emphasizes the power of the grad to take over the universe, even energy-absorbing black holes.
However, NAACP members say they can hear an “r” instead of an “l.” It seems to be a case of hearing loss combined with loss of common sense.