Your friend gives you a card on your birthday. You can’t remember the last time anyone gave you a physical gift since the people who love and care about you always prefer to send emoticons and e-cards on such special occasions.
However, the happiness is swiftly replaced with disappointment when you realize that the card has heavy sexual connotations even before you read the whole message. How will you feel, if not disappointed?
Over the last two or three years, you may have had similar experiences, courtesy of friends and family members who have absolutely no reservations about sending rude greetings cards. A few years ago, I received a card stating that I was a dog’s bu*****t, regardless of the fact that it was Valentine’s Day, and the sender knew that I was only 15 years old. However, I didn’t get offended because I knew my ex-boyfriend (the sender) was only trying to be funny.
However, some card companies are taking the joke so far that 90% of recipients of the rude greetings cards get extremely offended. Recently, a student in one of the Ivy League universities came across a card that warned its prospective recipient to beware of the bi**h because she may have been infected with an STD, even though she was extremely attractive. The card had been offered for sale in a bookshop run by the university’s union, although it was (and still is) one of the leading universities in the world.
When the student expressed her concerns on Twitter, the support she received was so overwhelming that the university union immediately withdrew the card from sale. Most of the people on Twitter who gave her support went further and suggested that concerned authorities should ban rude greeting cards or regulate the messages contained therein.
A few days ago, I decided to check the cards produced by LimaLima to establish if they contain any offensive messages. It’s important to note that Lima Lima is an up and coming greetings card company that obviously like to push the boundaries. And push the boundaries they most certainly do, to be honest I was shocked with some of the things I saw.
Even though I appreciate jokes just like everyone else, I can’t possibly allow anyone to tell me a joke that will make me feel offended and disgusted, instead of making me laugh or inwardly smile. Since many people don’t have the courage of telling their friends/ associates/ loved ones disgusting jokes while they are in the same room, I wonder where they get the audacity to send rude greetings cards with such distasteful content.
What do you think? Just a bit of light hearted fun or is this going to far?