Neither an Indiana photographer nor her supporters plan to back down from a mob of social justice warriors angry over a photo she shared to Facebook last week that depicted a child holding a rifle.
Meant to pay homage to the 1983 Christmas classic, “A Christmas Story,” the photo shows a baby boy sleeping on a tiny coach while wearing a pink bunny suit and holding firmly to a rifle.
Only 49 days until Christmas!!?
Ralphie loved his pink bunny suit I had made for him! ?
**Disclaimer** the BB gun is…
While the comments section of photographer Amy Haehl’s post contains a rising crescendo of boisterous support, there has been some hate from the usual batch of perpetually aggrieved SJWs.
“Will now unfollow you. Who the hell would take a picture of a baby and a gun just for money. Such a waste since you are so talented. Think hard about your lack of principles,” one critic wrote in a since-deleted comment cited by Yahoo News.
“Also unfollowing and unliking you. Extremely distasteful…. Guns are never ‘cute’, not even as a prop or movie reference. Disgusting. The gun culture in this country is a disgrace,” another critic kvetched in yet another since-deleted comment.
While Haehl isn’t exactly thrilled by the criticism, she’s not too bothered by it either.
“This photo is not about a baby posed with a ‘gun’… it is about love, tradition, family, and happiness,” she wrote in a lengthy statement on Facebook . “This movie has encouraged smiles, laughter, and happiness for 35 years.”
Read her full statement below:
Hey there!! I would like to take this time to thank all of my followers and thank you all for being here!! I know some…
Speaking with Yahoo News, she did concede that she’s aware of the complaints.
“Of course I know in the world we live in I was taking the chance that someone would be offended, and I definitely did take that into consideration while still creating a photo with the perfect details,” she said.
“I know there have been a few comments made in regards to gun violence, and this photo is in no way meant to encourage gun violence or offend anyone who has been affected by gun violence.”
While most people realized this, some clearly didn’t. And those same few who whined about the gun probably weren’t too happy about the leg lamp either. Why do people like this complain so much? Well, if scientists knew the answer, they could finally cure America of the disease known as liberalism.
The good news is that the smidgen of hate Haehl received was quickly drowned out by love — lots of it too. Look at some of the love on Facebook below:
And here’s some of the Twitter love:
— Michael (@MikeyZona) November 9, 2018
Lol love the pic. Great memories and fun movie.
— Brian Presgrove (@bpresgrove) November 11, 2018
— Jeremy Brown (@JEBrown003) November 11, 2018
❤️this! Adorable! @AmyHaehl do not get discouraged! People will get offended about anything and everything these days! Just do you!!
— amy olson (@amyolsonrn) November 11, 2018
Love the photo. The whining losers will always find something to complain about.
— Mark (@Mark81117894) November 10, 2018
Unfortunately there’s that 1st Ammendment which protects those idiots! Haters gonna hate! I think it is an amazing photograph and respect @AmyHaehl for her decision and bravery to post that photo! And I’m gonna exercise my right and say WELL DONE! ?
— Melissa Shaw (@melshaw30) November 9, 2018
And now, here’s a reminder of the scene from “A Christmas Story” that inspired Haehl’s photo:
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