Hallmark has quite the situation on its hands. The company, which is well-known and revered for its timeless greeting cards, is facing calls for a national boycott from some frustrated conservatives. The situation ignited after the Jarratt family of Grayslake, Illinois, went to Walmart in search of a graduation card for a friend. When they found, instead, was a greeting card that they believe pokes fun at the Tea Party.
As they sifted through the selections, Lennie Jarratt's children found a card with President Barack Obama's image on it. In the picture, the president is wearing a cap and gown and appears to be giving a commencement address.
The front of it reads, "You graduated! Time to go to a lot of parties." Considering that celebrations generally accompany graduations, this wasn't surprising. However, it was the inside of the card apparently jolted the Jarratts.
"But avoid those tea parties if you can. Trust me," the inside of the Hallmark greeting reads.
Here's a scanned copy of the card, below:
Lennie, who founded the Lake County Tea Party, spoke with Fox News Radio's Todd Starnes about the greeting card, calling it "offensive" and wondering why the company has embroiled itself in political messaging and debate.
"Why is Hallmark getting political? What’s the point of this? Why would they want to bash a whole group of people?," he asked. "My kids didn’t like it because it was bashing tea parties. I got the same reaction."
After Lennie's children told him about what they saw while card shopping, he decided to go out and purchase a copy for himself. Then, he took to his blog, where is posted images of the card and reached out to Hallmark for comment. So far, the company hasn't responded.
Now, the local Tea Party leader is looking for a public statement and an apology from the company, as he believes Hallmark may not properly understand what the movement stands for.
Lennie was particularly bothered by the notion that Obama has diminished the Tea Party in the past. The card, he believes, reinforces some of the negative themes the president has spouted.
"What made it more offensive is because the president has bashed Tea Parties before and a lot of people have bashed the Tea Parties," he told Starnes.
We'll have to wait to see if -- and how -- Hallmark responds.
(H/T: Fox News Radio)