Black Hole or Black Slore? NAACP’s Homophone Beef

June 3, 2010  |  

A homophone is a word that sounds like another word, whether it’s spelled the same way or not. To the NAACP of Los Angeles, “hole” and “Slore” sound enough alike on a certain Hallmark card–and they want that card destroyed. Right now.

The NAACP is reportedly furious about the use of the phrase “black holes” in a certain Hallmark card, because they say it sounds too much like “black whores.” To make matters worse, the audio card goes on to say, “watch your back,” the NAACP said. Uh. Black whores, watch your back? Now, would Hallmark ever allow such a thing?

Hallmark insists that it would never market a card that says ‘black whores, watch your back,’ and that the characters on the graduation card are young graduates who are simply taking on problems of the universe and warning any ‘black holes’ out there, that they’re not afraid.

What do you hear when you listen to the card? Black holes or black whores? Check it out here.

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