Just in time for the biggest shopping day of the year, numbnuts Christian group the American Family Association is suspending its boycott of Gap in support of the chain store's decision to air a "pro-Christmas ad" this Saturday. The AFA explains it's bold decision in a press release today:
Gap's Vice-President of Corporate Communications, Bill Chandler, informed the AFA via email that Old Navy's new commercial "has a very strong Christmas theme."
Added Buddy Smith, the executive assistant to Tim Wildmon, the president of AFA, "Gap cheapened the meaning of this holy day in their most recent commercial by putting it on the same level as Kwanzaa and the winter solstice. But, because of the importance of Christ's influence on the world in general and America in particular, celebrating His birth should be in a class all by itself. We are pleased that Gap is apparently beginning to agree."
AFA officials made it clear that the boycott may be resumed if the new ad is not respectful to Christians and Christmas shoppers.
Apparently the AFA's beef with Gap started a mere week ago when the brand launched the catchy commercial jingle:
Go Christmas, Go Hanukkah, Go Kwanza, Go Solstice.
Go classic tree, go plastic tree, go plant a tree, go add a tree,
You 86 the rules, you do what feels just right.
Happy do whatever you wanukkah, and to all a cheery night.
In response to this outrageous request for a "cheery night," the AFA screeched: "Did you notice it? Gap compares Christmas to the pagan holiday called "Solstice." Solstice is celebrated by Wiccans who practice witchcraft!" (emphasis theirs)
So did Gap really cave to the demands of anti-Kwanza whackos or is it maybe, just maybe, that the Gap airing a pro-Christmas ad this weekend because the true meaning of Christmas is shopping at the Gap?