KVOA News: Muslim greeting card- 'Let me blow you up'
It's the card that has a small area of the blogosphere a twitter, a card that caught the attention of Chicago`s Council on American Islamic relations. "I see blatant bigotry."
Executive Director Ahmed Rehab says the card was brought to his attention by a staff member, showing a doll in traditional Muslim dress.
The issue? The photoshopped version on the card. It basically correlates muslims and terrorism.
"There's nothing about that doll other than than she's a muslim that caused the makers of the card to think it was funny to put blurbs on the box of the doll saying 'let me blow you up,' 'let me love you to death."
The cardmaker is from New Jersey.
The card itself is being sold all over the country, including at this small stationary store in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. Known for having avant garde and somewhat offensive items for many groups isnNow finding itself the subject of this controversy.
It's playing to an ugly, ravenous stereotype that suggests that anybody who looks a certain way is a terrorist.
Rehab says the card isn`t funny, even if that was the intention.
I would urge him to make fun of us, but do it intelligently.
Humor ought to have even a minimal amount of intelligence, but when it lacks all intelligence and is the same kind of message that you would get out a white supremacist group then, it`s not so funny.