hi. how are you?
you don’t know me
but I know you
I watch you
your every move
your every breath
does this make you uncomfortable?
you don’t know me but I know you
does it bother you that I know your beautiful blue eyes
your soft blonde hair
you can turn this off, you know
and I’ll be gone
or will i?
maybe I’m nearby
oh, where is that again?
that’s right, Columbus avenue.
i’m watching you.
It’s an e-card, one of those where you go to the American Greetings web site, fill in some details about the intended recipient, and have it emailed to her.
It’s hard to imagine just what the creative genius who designed that one was thinking. Spooky fun for Halloween? It’s a bit beyond jack-o-lanterns. Isn’t there any kind of editorial oversight to make sure that such sophomoric “it seemed like a good idea at the time” pranks don’t make it to the actual site? At least, I’d expect that much of a major corporation like American Greetings.
If there is such oversight, it failed, which is why Letty Cottin Pogrebin, one of the founders of Ms. magazine, was one of the first to complain about the card. She was followed by many other women, including ABC news correspondent Lynn Sherr.
American Greetings claimed that the card was removed from their site at 7am Saturday morning, but according to Ms. Sherr, it was still available yesterday afternoon.