American Greetings is apologizing for a Father's Day card after customers called it racially insensitive in an outcry that caused Target to proactively pull the item from its shelves.
The greeting card company said it would stop selling the card at all retailers, including Target.
The retailer had faced criticism on social media over the card, which depicts a black couple overlaid with the phrase "Baby Daddy."
Inside, the card says, "You're a wonderful husband and father — and I'm so grateful to have you as my partner, my friend, and my baby daddy! Happy Father's Day."
"This particular card was created for, and addressed to, a loving husband — which the inside copy makes clear," American Greetings said in a statement. "However, we now see that the front page, taken out of context, can communicate an unintentional meaning that we are strongly against perpetuating and is not consistent with our company purpose and values. We should do better in the future, and we will. We have notified our store merchandisers to remove the card from the shelves and apologize for any offense we've caused."
The phrase "Baby Daddy" is "not sweet or nice," wrote Dallas-based Facebook user Takeisha Saunders, one of the first customers to complain about the card. "It's a term used to describe a deadbeat or absent parent. Yeah it's sweet on the inside but whomever created this card doesn't know what it means."