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Retailer Target is both coming under fire and generating smiles over Santa-themed Christmas cookies that appear to depict something quite racy and controversial.
At first glance at Santa’s boots and they appear to depict a phallic symbol. Photos of the confectionery creations are also making the rounds on social media, especially on Facebook pages for moms, where some parents have decided not to buy because of concerns about embarrassing their children.
“I would not send these to school,” Suzie Fromer, a mother of two, told the New York Post. “Definite design fail!”
“I think it might even be disgruntled employee sabotage,” Fromer, an Irvington, N.Y. jewelry designer, added.
Fromer said she posted a screengrab of the cookies to her Facebook page as a joke and got the responses she was likely expecting.
“I peered in and thought: ‘What the hell is Santa’s penis doing there?” Mai Spurlock Sykes, a writer and neighbor of Fromer, said, according to the Post.
Other moms, including Nicole Miller of Knoxville, Tenn., didn’t initially pick up on the design. She bought some and, at first, was highly complimentary of the cookies.
“Such a great treat to have on hand for parties … or school events,” Miller wrote on the page of a Facebook group she belongs to, The Post reported.
She told the outlet that soon, her friends’ dirty minds pointed out the frosting boots’ resemblance to a certain male body part.
“My friends pointed out Santa’s boots – which I then couldn’t unsee,” Miller told the paper.
Others wondered how the cookies’ design wasn’t caught by marketers at Target before they were offered for sale.
“I mean, how on Earth were those cookies able get so far down the [production] line?” Jola Burnett of Westchester County, N.Y., told The Post.
Target officials said in a statement to the paper that it was their first time hearing about the phallic comparison.
“We have not received any feedback directly on this item,” a spokesperson said. “The design is intended to represent Santa’s boots. We appreciate the feedback and will take it into consideration moving forward.”
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Nevertheless, The Post reported, Burnett said the thought of the boots actually resembling a male sex organ made her grin.
“After everything that’s been going on this year with the pandemic, it’s made my December,” she told The Post.
Phallic Santa cookies, by far, aren’t the only gifts this year that will bring smiles to the faces of many.
BuzzFeed highlighted several in a story published last week. Gifts include:
— A coffee mug that you can give to friends to drink out of that, when empty, reveals these words: “You’ve been poisoned.”
— A holiday-themed sweater with the initials and words “W.A.P — Warm Apple Pie” — a play off a recent No. 1 song, “WAP,” by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion in which the letters stand for something much more vulgar (think female sex organ).
— A book titled, “Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions: What if?”
— Another book titled, “How to SWEAR Around the World” — a guide for cuss words in other languages.
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