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Sun Dec 15, 2019, 10:08 AM

 

#BoycottHallmark trends on Twitter after Hallmark Network caved to anti-LGBTQ group

Source: Raw Story

The Hallmark Channel is facing a public boycott after caving to an anti-LGBTQ group that demanded the network not show an ad showing two women marrying each other.

“The Hallmark Channel pulled four TV ads featuring brides kissing each other on Thursday after a targeted campaign by a conservative group,” The New York Times reported Saturday.

“Asked to explain why the ads had been rejected, an employee of Hallmark’s parent company said the channel did not accept ads ‘that are deemed controversial,’ according to an email exchange shared with The New York Times. A spokesman for Hallmark said the women’s ‘public displays of affection’ violated the channel’s policies, but he declined to comment on why a nearly identical ad featuring a bride and groom kissing was not rejected,” the newspaper reported.

“The series of six ads, for the wedding planning website Zola, first appeared on the Hallmark Channel on Dec. 2. The ads, which feature several configurations of couples, all offer variations on the same concept: While standing at the altar, couples ponder whether guests would have arrived on time and bought them better gifts if only they had created a custom wedding website with Zola,” The Times explained.

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2019/12/boycotthallmark-trends-on-twitter-after-hallmark-network-caved-to-anti-lgbtq-group/

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Reply #BoycottHallmark trends on Twitter after Hallmark Network caved to anti-LGBTQ group (Original post)
ChiTownDenny Dec 2019 OP
LonePirate Dec 2019 #1
Liberalhammer Dec 2019 #23
MrModerate Dec 2019 #2
FarPoint Dec 2019 #3
lark Dec 2019 #4
FarPoint Dec 2019 #5
lark Dec 2019 #10
jberryhill Dec 2019 #12
lark Dec 2019 #21
FarPoint Dec 2019 #14
lark Dec 2019 #18
ck4829 Dec 2019 #6
kimbutgar Dec 2019 #16
Haggis for Breakfast Dec 2019 #32
ProudMNDemocrat Dec 2019 #7
Resist160 Dec 2019 #8
Skittles Dec 2019 #31
efhmc Dec 2019 #9
left-of-center2012 Dec 2019 #11
MH1 Dec 2019 #13
lambchopp59 Dec 2019 #15
3Hotdogs Dec 2019 #17
ChiTownDenny Dec 2019 #20
Rebl2 Dec 2019 #19
NurseJackie Dec 2019 #22
Rebl2 Dec 2019 #24
NurseJackie Dec 2019 #25
yaesu Dec 2019 #26
ashredux Dec 2019 #27
Dawson Leery Dec 2019 #28
Karma13612 Dec 2019 #29
treestar Dec 2019 #30
MustLoveBeagles Dec 2019 #33
FarPoint Dec 2019 #34

Response to ChiTownDenny (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 10:16 AM

1. This is not surprising as the Hallmark Channel is not LGBT friendly, let alone inclusive.

The channel makes dozens of new romantic Christmas movies every year and has for several years. I welcome a fact check here but out of all these movies, which now number three digits, none of them have ever featured an LGBT couple at the center of the plot.

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Response to LonePirate (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 01:01 PM

23. Rarely do you see a minorities

 

As well.

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Response to ChiTownDenny (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 10:16 AM

2. So Hallmark wanted to be a little bold, but then immediately folded in front of the sheet-sniffers?

Timid boldness never works.

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Response to ChiTownDenny (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 10:17 AM

3. It appears Hallmark has already listened to their viewership.

It's not an issue now.

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Response to FarPoint (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 10:27 AM

4. They have told me they don't want me as even a rare watcher.

I will not be watching that channel one time this Christmas. Shove it Hallmark.

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Response to lark (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 10:35 AM

5. How did they tell you that they didn't want you to view their channel?

Or...is that the message you take from the deletion of the ads?

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Response to FarPoint (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 11:17 AM

10. The later is the correct answer.

They were sending a loud message that progressives, LBGTQ people and their family and friends are not a valued part of their target audience. Cool, got it and acting accordingly.

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Response to lark (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 11:35 AM

12. More to the point...

 

Hallmark’s advertisers do not want you to buy their products and services.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #12)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 12:53 PM

21. Disagree, they definitely want all the $$ they can get.

They might not like "my" kind - mother of gay son, volunteer for Florida Democrats, progressive - but they would sure like my $$ - if they could get it and keep up their hate filled ways.

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Response to lark (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 11:45 AM

14. I understand.....

actually....were you really a regular viewer of that channel? I know I am not...So, we know they have a more " conservative base".......I prefer advertising on channels that are open minded....verses triggering outrage, confusion or intolerance by the viewership that voice their discomfort.....we can't force it as this only increases alienation of being open minded....that is just my thoughts...

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Response to FarPoint (Reply #14)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 12:51 PM

18. Not trying to force others to do anything, just stating my own plans.

No, I normally don't watch this channel, but every year prior to this, I allowed myself 2 Christmas shows every year, my yearly taste of schmaltz. Now I won't watch any shows on that channel. There's another channel that's playing Christmas themed shows and I might give it a taste test?

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Response to FarPoint (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 10:36 AM

6. If people want it to be an issue, then it's an issue

OneMillionMoms doesn't get to be the sole authority on what's an issue and what's not an issue... even though it would really like to be.

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 12:30 PM

16. One million moms is just a lowly right winger on his computer

It is just a bogus site run by some guy. That said shame on Hallmark for caving.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #16)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 11:00 PM

32. When are corporations going to realize

that the christianistas are NOT the majority of Americans ? I am so fed up with hearing that some evangelical pastor such-and-such or Bob and Betty Bigot are offended by this or that. If you don't like something - don't watch/read/listen/support/patronize etc.

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Response to ChiTownDenny (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 10:38 AM

7. I avoid Hallmark Channel anyway.

Too soap operaish for me in a homongeneous way.

Give me Mr.Robot on USA Network , where Elliott's computer hacker sister, Darlene, has the hots for an FBI agent....played by Meryl Streep's daughter, Grace Gummer.

By the way, Mr. Robot is SUPERB. The final season has 2 more episodes left...

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Response to ChiTownDenny (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 10:42 AM

8. #Boycott Hallmark Channel

Is anyone watching the Dolly Parton Series on Netflix, "Heartstrings?" "Two Doors Down," is about a gay son from the South and how his mother is against gay people. Then she finds out her own son is gay. Beautifully done. I cried. I highly recommend it. The mother in the show, her acting is really good though. "Crackerjack" episode, one of the girlfriends in the show is gay. She learns early on in life she likes girls. She kisses her partner goodbye in the series. And in the end, she tells her girlfriends that she and her partner are only to try for a baby.
I've always been a Dolly Parton fan. I couldn't wait until I watched it. But before I did, my nephew's wife (who is a Conservative) highly recommended the series to me. I still can't believe she watched the gay son episode.
I love this series. Dolly Parton is the executive producer.

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Response to Resist160 (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 06:09 PM

31. I haven't yet but I will, based on your review

that's....different than I imagined. I love Dolly (who doesn't?) but figured it would be tame country schlock.

Welcome to DU, Resist160

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Response to ChiTownDenny (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 11:02 AM

9. One of the many things I like about Twitter is the ability to

hashtag certain things. Going there now. Thanks for the info.

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Response to ChiTownDenny (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 11:30 AM

11. Their movies are boring

The stories predictable.

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Response to ChiTownDenny (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 11:38 AM

13. Hard to boycott something I already avoid



But hopefully word gets around where it needs to.

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Response to ChiTownDenny (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 12:15 PM

15. Not your granny's "hallmark card"... not made by hallmark


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Response to ChiTownDenny (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 12:49 PM

17. A better idea --- don't buy their stupid cards or wrapping paper.

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Response to ChiTownDenny (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 12:53 PM

19. Hallmarks morning show

Home and Family has two men as regular contributors who are gay. One also talks about his husband and their adopted children, so don’t tell me they hate gay people. Also if you have ever GONE to a Hallmark store you would know they have cards for same sex couples including weddings. I do agree they should allow the commercials to run. Those folks who complained about the commercials just use your remote and change the damn channel.

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Response to ChiTownDenny (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 12:57 PM

22. For YEARS I have refuses to buy Hallmark greeting cards...

For YEARS I have refuses to buy Hallmark greeting cards, mostly because of price... but other choices they've made with regard to their choices regarding cards for same-sex relationships, marriage, anniversary, etc. It's all rather perfunctory and generic.

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #22)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 01:20 PM

24. True of

a lot of their cards and others are so over the top sugary sweet they make my teeth hurt. I like their cards that I can write my own message, which they have a lot of any more.

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Response to Rebl2 (Reply #24)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 01:23 PM

25. Full Disclosure...

... years ago, I purchased a Hallmark Greeting Card Software that allows me to customize and print (or just print) cards from thousands of different designs and themes and occasions. It's a quirky little program (they've tried to make it SO simple that it's actually difficult to use at times) but the results make the effort worthwhile.

I've more than recovered the investment of the original cost of the software.

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Response to ChiTownDenny (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 01:23 PM

26. this tweet slapping hallmark where it counts

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Response to ChiTownDenny (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 02:00 PM

27. Boycotting Hallmark isn't giving up much...

Mush TV

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Response to ChiTownDenny (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 02:05 PM

28. You cannot boycott what you never bought.

The Hallmark Channel is 1950's TV, white, bland, and a sweetness that rots the hardest of teeth.

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Response to ChiTownDenny (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 02:50 PM

29. Already commented

On their facebook page. In addition to their cable channel, they also sell greeting cards which was their initial business. I can easily give them no business what so ever.

I gave up VW automobiles due to their auto emissions snow job/corruption.

I can give up Hallmark channel, and buy cards from different card companies quite easily.

Yes, I do like watching the odd chickflick tear jerker but can find that genre on Netfllix.

This is 2019, why are we still having these discussions!?

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Response to ChiTownDenny (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 03:03 PM

30. Why did they think the protesting group represented any kind

of majority? Of their viewers? Did they even think before caving?

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Response to MustLoveBeagles (Reply #33)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 08:49 AM

34. Now this is excellent.

I am grateful to the voice of Ellen and Mayor Pete...they clarified the concern and Hallmark understood....

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