My good friends at American Greetings screwed up and ended up with a Valentine's Day card that looks like it has SpongeBob SquarePants in blackface. Oops!
He's black. And with his trademark big teeth and wide eyes, this SpongeBob seems similar to offensive images of African Americans portrayed in minstrel shows decades ago.
American Greetings officials said Thursday they were surprised and puzzled when the Free Press made them aware of a complaint about the product.
"We absolutely fell out of our chairs when we saw it," said Carol Miller, director of business development for the Cleveland-based company. "We're obviously going to be talking to Wal-Mart as well as Nickelodeon . . . to offer our sincere apologies for this product making it to market."
Miller said the cards, which were printed and packaged in China, are mistakes, but she and other officials said they were trying to determine how that happened.
Heh. I should log onto their copy of AMS and look up the original...