Topeka Mayor Calls Hallmark Card ‘Offensive’
Topeka, Kansas’ mayor is not amused by a Hallmark birthday card poking fun at his town.
Don’t send Mayor Bill Bunten this birthday card. He won’t be amused.
The birthday card produced by Hallmark bears the title “CSI: Topeka” and features a cartoon of two people standing over a corpse, with one saying, “Looks like he was bored to death.” Inside the card is the message, “Hope your birthday is anything but dull.”
Though a company spokeswoman says Hallmark didn’t intend to offend anyone, the mayor wasn’t laughing when he learned about it. “I find it offensive,” Bunten told The Topeka Capital-Journal. “It’s probably drawn up by somebody from West Virginia who hasn’t been here.”
Having spent several months in Kansas (although not Topeka), I find the card quite amusing. Not as amusing, though, as a mayor who gets “offended” by someone poking fun at his town but sees no irony in the fact that he does so by casting aspersions on an entire state.