Public outcry over an offensive greeting card invoking the name of late queen of pop Whitney Houston has prompted Target to yank the product from its stores.
The greeting card – which, it’s worth noting, was being stocked long before Houston’s tragic accidental death on February 11 – uses the singer’s turbulent personal life as a punchline, hinting specifically at her highly publicized relationship with former husband Bobby Brown. As depicted on TMZ, the front of the card reads, “Next time you think of dating the bad boy, consider Whitney Houston. That’s all I’m going to say.”
The joke, which was questionable before, took on a darker meaning following Houston’s death, eliciting complaints from Target customers. To its credit, the store reacted quickly after receiving the negative feedback.
“The card was in our stores prior to Ms. Houston’s death,” a Target rep confirmed to TMZ. “As soon as this was brought to our attention, we began the process of removing the card from all applicable stores.”
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