This past weekend a studio in Louisiana called Hannah Hawkes Photography posted a number of family portraits to its Facebook page. Most of them were fairly innocuous — baby photos, senior pictures, a loving couple holding hands while wielding a bow and arrow. But one caught the attention of the internet for the wrong reasons. It was a family Christmas card shot, it featured a family of five, with the father holding a sign that read “Peace on Earth.” So far no big deal right? Until you realize what the peace in question is referring to: women shutting their damn nattering traps. Haha, fellas, you know what I mean.
— Luke O’Neil (@lukeoneil47) December 15, 2015
To further drive the point home, the mother and two daughters in the photo are shown with tape over their mouths, and their hands bound in Christmas lights. The young son is giving a spirited thumbs up, approving of this rare moment of quiet. You can probably imagine what happened next. The post, which has since been taken down by Facebook, became a roiling pot of outrage. But the criticism in this case made a good point: the message of the photo is that ladies be yakking and wouldn’t it be nice if they would just shut the fuck up for once and leave the men alone? The page has since addressed the controversy:
Ah, ok, never mind people. It was just a joke. Nothing to see here. I guess all of the whiny ass bitches who don’t like the photo should just shut up and let it go.