Holiday Ad Has Hidden Hate Message
Hanukkah Flier Contains Anti-Semitic Line
POSTED: 4:43 PM CST December 11, 2003
UPDATED: 5:50 PM CST December 11, 2003
DALLAS -- A holiday shopping flier that's been distributed to thousands of households in north Texas is creating controversy because a message of hate is included within an advertisement.
An ad for "Party City" was supposed to highlight a sale on Hanukkah items, but it also contained a hateful anti-Semitic message.
The advertisement includes the sentence "CC Hates the Jews" in large, bold letters.
According to ADVO, the company that printed the advertisement, a graphic artist working on the ad had left his desk for a moment, and a co-worker with the initials C.C. changed the text on the ad.
The graphic artist didn't notice the change and the ad went to print.
However, despite the explanation, the Anti-Defamation League wants more questions answered.
"How did it get out of the graphic shop in Pittsburgh? How did it get by ADVO? How did it get by the printer and all of that?" Mark Briskman said.
ADVO representatives in Dallas said they are mortified by the oversight and that they are trying to figure out why the error was never caught.
I think someone should invest in a pair of glasses. I would think that some legally blind people would be able to read that message.