Know someone getting married? Why not send them an inspiring message stenciled on a page from The Diary of Anne Frank? It’s a thoughtful way to to say, “You two kids are going to be just fine, provided you stay in the attic.”
…I…I have no words for this…
Asinine and tasteless, for starters.
I knew when I saw the words “air raid” right under “Happily” it could not be a good fit.
“dispersed ourselves” is under “ever after.”
And it’s right under the words “escape bag.”
That’s marriage for ya. Some days, you’ll definitely wish you had an escape bag.
That’s all right, there’s plenty on that page. Saldy none apply to weddings…
I managed to come up with bhbmhj bkjbhj bnmb after banging my head on my desk a few times.
You had to hit your head too, huh?
This is literally the most shocking thing I have ever seen featured on Regretsy. I actually registered an account on Etsy.com today, just so I could send a message to the seller. This is either a truly tasteless and offensive joke… or a shocking display of staggering ignorance. Ether way, it’s indefensible.
I’m going with ignorance. You’d be amazed how stupid people are. “Hm, I’ve heard of this book before. I bet people would love to buy a page from it with stuff printed over the stuff printed on the page…duuuuuhhhhhh….”
I’m going with ignorance too. No one could possibly be stupid enough to think this could be a good idea after reading the book. But the title? All little girls write in their diaries about weddings and sunshine and unicorn farts! How cheerful and delightfully aged!
Oh dear God, Marie, it can’t…it can’t be that bad, can it?
I’m with Tight; that is truly shocking and offensive; what the fuck?!?
No, it can’t be ignorance. Even if you haven’t read the book, how can someone look at that page and line up the stamps without picking up enough random words and phrases to get the idea that it’s not a happy story, nor even a happy page? If the seller had used one o the happier entries (and there were some light-hearted ones – Anne remained remarkably upbeat throughout much of the nightmare she was living), then ignorance might fly. But not a page about air raids and keeping her escape bag near her.
And I have no words for this:
I have some!
One is “Huh?” and the others are “Why lips and an iron cross?” Is one a hint at what he wants you to do, and the other a hint that you’d better not reveal any non-white parts of your ancestry?
I think I’d just as soon he went the “disco ball tied to penis with long string” route suggested by the linked picture.
This link is useless without pics…
These are not the pics you’re looking for, but they will help you imagine.
They look to be endorsed by the British equivalent of a Jersey Shore dude, which, really, makes perfect sense.
Wouldn’t that be a Peenjazzle?
Actually, shouldn’t it be Peenjizzle?
Didn’t AF die in the Camps? Is this supposed to be ironic?
Yes. She and her family were eventually found, and she and her sister Margot died in Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp of Typhoid. She was 15 at the time, and had spent three years in hiding along with her family, and several others.
We had to read ‘The Diary of Ann Frank’ in school. It’s one of the very few books I’ve ever read that honestly made me cry. The realization that the author has likely never read this and has no idea what it’s about makes me want to cry all over again at the ignorance and stupidity displayed here.
Unless her idea of ‘They lived Happily Ever After’ means ‘Well, at least they didn’t get gassed to death or killed in the ovens.’
I believe that Anne died only a few days before the camp was liberated, adding to the sadness of the whole thing. Her mother starved to death because she squirrelled away her rations for her daughters while she was in another camp.
The fact that this person chose this particular book to use for their “art” makes me feel sick.
Margot and Anne died not from typhoid but from epidemic typhus – a louse-born disease which thrives in crowded dirty conditions. It killed unknown thousands of prisoners, POWs and refugees: most of the recently-dead victims in the mass graves discovered at Belsen died from it. The insecticidal properties of DDT discovered in 1939 proved effective against the lice and lead to major delousing efforts by the conquering allies.
The book The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank documented her life in the camps from those who met her there. Everyone but Anne’s father Otto died. Anne and Margot were so close to living it makes me want to scream. Anne only died a week before liberation. A WEEK. She only managed to not be killed right away because the fuckers thought she was older than she was. If her age had been known, she would have been dead an hour after getting off the train.
I literally shouted “Oh no!” as soon as I saw what they’d stenciled it on.
Is that not really ironic?
It might be truthfully ironic!
I’d go with sardonic.
No, definitely *less* onic, please!
Bionic and Techtonic !!
I’m going to take the easy route and go with idiotic.
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now i need a gin and tonic
You say “ironic,” I say “moronic.”
I call it fucking stupid and shameful.
The tasteful card every young couple needs on their wedding day.
Besides the terrible choice of book, how is this a decent card design? And they liked it so much, they made a bunch more? Here, I tore a page from an old book and used a Sharpie and my kid’s plastic stencil to make you a card. It took me a whole 3 minutes!
Actually, I kind of like the design, but not for a wedding card. A quick thank you, a last-minute birthday…etc.
And not for selling for $3.20.
For a wedding, I think Austen would have been a better fit. However, Dickens’s Great Expectations would be fun too.
I didn’t mean using this book.
I’d have gone for Wuthering Heights. There’s nothing that says “happily ever after” like literature’s most selfish girl and most butthurt boy.
Are you sure it’s Wuthering Heights you mean? Kinda sounds like a slightly more recent couple to me. Cough *Twilight* cough.
@EyeHeartSpiders – Or Romeo and Juliet. My bf loves it (he acted in it in a high school play) but I keep telling him there is nothing romantic about killing yourself over some mediocre sex.
im leaning Jane Eyre over Wuthering Heights , I mean nowadays most guys have the stark raving looney ex that they cant get rid of.
It’s just one more annoying Etsy trend, print big bold text or graphics on an old yellowed page of a classic book. They want cash money for the incredible amount of effort it takes and the high cost of source materials.
This is the absolute ass end of the “stenciled shit on book pages” trend.
I wonder if we can make custom requests for specific page numbers.
For those wanting that one particular scene from “Lady Chatterley’s Lover.”
Which is an excellent way to hint that it’s not going to work out.
Especially if they marry on July 28th. Maybe that’s why she chose that page.
(Momentary wish to give an idiot the benefit of the doubt.)
We may never know, because someone bought it!
But then they’d have to get a TON of copies of this one page. . . and spend a LOT of money on all those books. . . more than professionally done wedding invites!
And does it really look like the seller wants to put in that much effort?
Thanks for the kick in the ass. Much appreciated. There was no reason for me to give her the benefit of the doubt.
hey! skin heads need wedding cards too right?!
note: no they do not. because that would mean they’re marrying, which probably means they’re reproducing :/
They’re probably reproducing even without a marriage.
Their wedding was a Gas.
I think “hiss” is more appropriate…
That made me choke on my own spit.
This made me choke on smartwentcrazy’s spit.
That was genuinely clever.
No. Just no. It will always be too soon.
Oh God. I just remembered the worst joke about pizza and um.. Jews. The best part of the joke? A Jewish girl told me the joke. In fact, her being Jew was her self-imposed label, how she set herself apart from others.
Yes it is a bad joke. Guess I really should have kept that one too myself. But I’m reminded of a line from Mary Poppins: “Me father always said there’s nothing like a good joke.” “And that was nothing like a good joke.”
Her self-imposed label? You mean that she was Jewish and actually told people she was Jewish, instead of pretending she wasn’t? Because you seem to be saying that anyone who belongs to a group of people who are different from others you know is embracing their identity only to set themselves apart from others.
Which suggests that you need to (1) get over yourself–people don’t choose their identity in order to please or irritate stephsparkle, and (2) stop digging right now before your anti-Semitism becomes even more obvious.
Sometimes I tell people I’m Irish and Norwegian even though I am! It’s kind of a self-imposed label.
There’s a difference between embracing an identity and aggressively flaunting it. Like Margaret Cho and her million Chinese jokes. We get it already, be funny about something else for a change.
Also, judgmental much? She was not endorsing the joke or being anti-semitic.
@Amy – butthurt much?
I made a Catholic joke about my parents not being raptured on a previous comment thread, which “outed me” as catholic to all of you. My boyfriend makes ginger jokes about himself all the time. It isn’t like you can’t see he’s a red-head. One of my sister’s friends used to introduce himself as “the gay one.” I had the feeling that what Stephsparkle was getting at was that maybe this girl spends a lot of time telling jokes about her religious/ethnic identity (it doesn’t specify which the girl was). It doesn’t imply at all that Stephsparkle needs to get over herself or that she’s an anti-Semite.
However, your post suggests that 1) you are a douche and 2) you like assuming things about others online. Have fun with that!
@MissPlace you may argue if she’s funny or not but Margaret Cho is definitely Korean not Chinese!
My mistake. SpyGlassez said it better than me.
I guess that didn’t come across as it was meant. I just thought it odd that she would always say “Hi I’m ____ and I’m Jewish.” I have nothing against it. It was just different from what everyone else was doing and stood out in my mind. She never pretended to be anything else.
Didn’t mean to step on toes. Geez. Let it go.
I’ve got a friend who calls herself “the Jew girl” among us. It’s more than just being open about her religion and more to the point that it’s an outright label that starts to lose meaning.
Ok, funny but for the sake of my Jewish Uncle I must “BOO” you heartily.
No no. I agreed. I think my jaw hit the floor when she said it. I have never been so shocked in my life by a joke– a sick one at that.
Forest Gump was right!
Stupid is as stupid does?
Blah blah box of chocolates blah blah AIDS?
This is breathtakingly idiotic.
The wedding gift is two handrolled cigarettes made with stale tobacco mixed with pocket lint.
This makes me await The Rapture with even more eager anticipation ! We’ll be rid of them ! Yeay !
Not all of the stupid are righteous. I think we’ll be stuck with them permanently. And if there is a hell, they’ll be our roommates.
Didn’t Jesus say that? “The stupid you will always have with you…”
If he didn’t, he should have.
I think it was Yoda who said that.
@Twisty, Yoda actually said:
“Stupid with you will always have.”
No way. I’m not sharing house with the sillies. I’ll write a strongly worded, all caps flounce to Jesus right now, saying I think his Rapture is unasseptable if I get put in with someone other than jealous losers. He’ll be receiving a crease and desist from my lawyers !
We could always *claim* the stupid people were raptured. No one would ever have to know. (looks around with shifty eyes)
This could be the start of a trend. How about a Housewarming Card written over a page from “The Amityville Horror”? Or an invitation to go camping on a page torn from the script of “The Blair Witch Project”? The possibilities are endless.
you forgot the Bat Mitzvah invitations printed on pages of Mein Kampf . . .
Holy shit! I just saw this after I posted my brilliant idea down below…
Or the Red Tent Party Card from the page in Anne Frank where she talks about her “sweet secret” (that’s almost the only thing I remember from reading that book. The other was the division of the moldy potato for dinner)
I think pages from “Night” By Eli Wiesel would be a better Bar/Bat Mitzvah invitation.
Oh noes no!
She does have a housewarming card available, it’s also stenciled onto a page from the book. Not sure if I get that idea either…
“Welcome to my tiny, cramped, dirty attic. Squeeze into the corner there, and have a sip of water and some dust. Music? No, that’s a machine gun you can hear.”
It seems all her cards are made from that book. Apparently, it’s her only one.
*was* her only one.
She’s saving to buy Carrie.
>She’s saving to buy Carrie.<
Yup, and she'll be unveiling her Red Tent/Menarche series soon after.
And hey, she can wrap the remaining pages in yarn and sell it like it’s by Sylvia Plath!
She says she has lots:
“Sometimes I find books that are completely falling apart. Instead of letting these books go to waste, I’ve started using the old yellowed pages as steciled collage art. I’m having so much fun with it! Enjoy!”
Because the ONLY possible use for a yellowed copy of The Diary of Anne Frank is for this belief-beggaringly fuckwitted mare to sell as “steciled (sic) collage art”.
sweet, you’re giving me so many ideas for my store!
That’s what I was thinking!! It’s all about turning the worst idea ever into not a bad one. Silk purse, sow’s ear.
Baby congrats card printed on Helter Skelter?
Or Rosemary’s Baby.
I expect someone’s already told you this, but I keep hearing your user name to the tune of “Waltzing Matilda” in my brain. Yikes, what an earworm.
Oh thanks a lot, now I am too
I’m thinking Rosemary’s Baby.
SORRY! I accidentally downthumbed you when I meant to upthumb! Ironically, it’s because I was holding a baby and trying to use my left hand.
I was thinking Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.”
I’d actually buy that for my sister…she’d crap herself laughing.
No, see Swift is doing satire, so you could sell it as being funny, if your friends/relatives have a dark sense of humor.
Abortion instructions from a gynecology textbook.
How about “happy crafting” using the Regretsy book?
How about “Have a Great Time at Summer Camp” cards using pages from The Gulag Archipelago by Alexander Solzhenitsyn?
Or Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda on same.
Ooh, I have a copy of “Small Sacrifices” that’s falling apart – I could donate it so the seller could make birth announcements!
Oh, snap. You should send it to her; she’ll never get the irony. Obviously.
Here I was thinking the same thing. Now, what book says “Sorry about your recent loss of a loved one?” Death of a Salesman? Of Mice and Men?
Moving along this thought process, can we send “Sorry you’re stupid” cards to flouncers on Of Mice and Men pages? Come on! It’s a classic.
“Silence of the Lambs”?
How about Pet Sematary for a sympathy card…it brings hope.
Now that was truly from the dark side. Good job.
“Good luck on your new life as a vegetarian” printed on a page from Animal Farm.
I know! I have a crap copy of “Don Quixote” lying around somewhere. I’ll contribute it for “Congratulations” cards for graduates!
Of Mice and Men is good for congratulating someone on a new pet, too.
If I may be Frank, this is a terrible idea.
Imagine the others in her collection. A page from Sofie’s Choice for a baby shower. A page from All My Sons for congrats on a new job…
I was thinking Death of a Salesman for a new job. Stepford Wives would be lovely for the shower invites, and really, what event can’t you celebrate with some science fiction?
Yes, but what could we use “A Canticle for Liebowitz” for?
How about Go Ask Alice for those interventions?
How about I Never Promised You a Rose Garden? It even comes with invented language like many Esty items.
Carrie for a girl’s quinceanera or menarche. (I’ve seen things to give a girl for menarche. Who the hell wants to celebrate that?)
Probably those who have no idea exactly what’s coming…
My folks broke out the champagne, which was nice.
My mom called my grandma and they laughed at me together.
Ugh, I didn’t even want my father to KNOW much less SAY anything about it! And yeah, except for girls my own age, I really didn’t want to talk about it. A party would have mortified me. Much less, periods are an enormous PITA to this day; I don’t find them happy fun times.
Rosemary’s Baby for birth announcements.
My boyfriend suggests another wedding invitation stenciled on a page from the script of “The Ring.”
Well, he suggested this after getting over going “g-aaaah” and twitching for a little while.
Did you tase him again?
Oh my God! fancyskants That made me laugh really loud for a really long time. I am still bursting out into random chuckles. Thank you!
What? He was freaking me out!
The Stand for someone suffering from Influenza.
A Chick Tract for celebrating someone’s same-sex marriage.
A page from The Bible for celebrating Eid.
Make Room! Make Room! for a birth or death announcement – multi purpose!
For same sex I would suggest Shockproof Syndney Skate
I am forced to stop you right there, as you have stumbled over one of my pet peeves. “Make Room! Make Room!” does not make soylent green out of people!!! It’s just the new and exciting alternative to soylent brown.
I am okay with using the movie poster for the birth or death announcement, however, as the movie is not true to the book.
“Make Room! Make Room!” I picked for overpopulation, hence the birth/death thing. Not touching Soylent Green with a 10″ pole.
Madame Bovary for a wedding.
Or The Crucible.
Why does Arthur Miller seem so appropriate for so many of these?
What about The Amityville Horror for a housewarming? Too bad Poltergeist wasn’t a book because that would work too.
Mother’s Day? “‘Night, Mother.”
Mommie Dearest for Mother’s Day..
Also for adoption.
What. The. Fuck?
My thoughts exactly!
I’m praying for ‘ignorance’ over ‘abject stupidity’, and ‘abject stupidity’ over ‘actual evil’.
Miss Wintchell, you’re such a bad girl. Melanie just took her website off. )= It makes me really sad, because the site was awesome (in 1996.)
It’s actually still up (if you’re talking about the Melanie Griffith site). For some reason you have to use bit.ly/91U24h to see it.
Yeah, malpert4, thanks. They only took out the index. The site is still up: http://www.melaniegriffith.com/avalon/meditation/relationships.html
Something in that audio gives me migraine aura.
I clicked that link and I swear I caught a whiff of nagchampa incense.
I just had to pick my jaw up off the floor and screw it back into its socket.
What the bloody hell???
I suppose we should be thankful that there’s an “L” in “happily.”
Maybe it’s meant to be…irony? No one seems to know what irony really is, anyway.
Definition of IRONY
: a pretense of ignorance and of willingness to learn from another assumed in order to make the other’s false conceptions conspicuous by adroit questioning —called also Socratic irony I don’t think this is a pretense of ignorance. I think its sheer, wanton stupidity.
a : the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning b : a usually humorous or sardonic literary style or form characterized by irony c : an ironic expression or utterance It is definitely the opposite of the literal meaning, but not at all humorous.
From Alanis Morisette:
Irony: anything that doesn’t go my way.
From my snarky shirt collection:
Irony, the Opposite of Wrinkly
I though irony came after the washingy?
I’m assuming it is unintentional irony. And no, I don’t find all irony humorous.
Encouraging people to send ironic wedding wishes is part of the downfall of society. If you don’t like the couple you send a card of superficial platitudes. Our small lies hold us together as a species.
I get the sick humor of it. I really do. If The Diary of Anne Frank was a fictional story I would giggle about this card. There are just books you do this with and books you don’t. Anne Frank is on the Don’t list. The same sort of effect could be achieved by using a page from Atonement without mocking the memory of those who suffered and die in the Holocaust.
Our small lies hold us together as a species.
Indeed. Do you think Billy Joel really loved her just the way she is? Hm?
Maybe not, but I do believe Buck Cherry really is “on top of it”
and for the reason he stated
Hmm..and I thought I had a sick and dark sense of humor…but this takes the cake.
I cannot imagine what the person who would give this card would wear to the wedding…any takers?
White pasties and vulva panties. In a size 1, regardless of the wearer’s actual size.
And nothing else.
…no, they didn’t?
I don’t know, might be an awesome card to give someone passive aggressively. Think about it; your ex is getting married, you are socially obligated to go because “you two are doing just fine, you’re totally still friends….” Why not give the groom and the beautiful bride he left you for this gem of a card.
So when the happy couple has kids, does the birth announcement go on a page from A Clockwork Orange?
“Sophie’s Choice,” if they’re having twins.
this has to be the comment of the day, because it fucking killed me
Actually, if they’re having twins, another good one would be The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.
I vote for Flowers in the Attic – - it keeps with the whole attic theme.
Yup, I said it.
Thanks for the powdered donuts, mummy!!
From the same seller: Look in the mirror and shrug as you sigh, “Whelp…I can’t help this horror I’m seeing. Time to face the world!”
What about this one?
That, or cyanide gas.
Or this one. Empty, and I’m not surprised.
Just curious – is that really “etching”? It looks raised. Like someone glued sand or whatever onto the glass in a pattern (and spilled some all over the rest of it as well.) I really don’t know much about etching but I thought that meant the design was cut into the glass.
Is it sad that this is the first thing I thought of?
No, it’s been my only thought too. Beyond wondering about the “etching”. Seeing the pet gravestones I’m thinking none of it is actually etching.
I never knew The Diary of Anne Frank was so versatile. This seller can find the perfect page for any quote!
I want one that has my daily mantra, “It’s a medical condition!”
“Mom says I’m handsome!”
“Pretty is subjective!”
Surely the lot of us could come up with a wedding card more inappropriate than this one…
Just as soon as my brain stops trying to crawl under the coffee table in horror at the state of humanity…
Then again, at least it wasn’t a mitzvah card?
She used Schindler’s List for that one.
WHY WOULD SOMEONE THINK THIS WAS OK?!?! My soul hurts. Can’t even come up with anything funny to say about this.
“Too soon” actually made me smile. After the initial shock wore off.
What a wonderful message! I hope your love for each other has to be hidden for years only to be locked up, tortured and snuffed out before it has a chance to grow and develop into maturity! All the best
“I hope your love for each other has to be hidden for years only to be locked up, tortured and snuffed out before it has a chance to grow and develop into maturity!”
I want THAT on a card.
Another one to add to the cross-stitch list, perhaps?
I heart you prynsess
Congratulations, you posted something that made my jaw drop so hard it actually hurt. I… I just… maybe the impending rapture is making people lose their goddamned minds?
Why would a person who believed the rapture was coming still be putting stuff on Etsy?
For all the sinners to be left behind?
Who’s going to ship?
And I’m going to make paper cranes from Elie Wiesel’s ‘Night’.
Oooh, that would be a good one! “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” for a ‘get well soon’ card!!
She forgot the ” ‘d ” after “I” on the first glass.
Gone. Wow, did she shut the whole shop down already?
Is like an attic full of cake,
A secret hideout for my heart
Where I dare not tread during daylight
For fear the neighbors will turn me in
To the secret police of love
My happiness in your arms
Is like Hitler getting that art scholarship
When you kiss me,
I feel like Eva Braun on Christmas morning
With a schnitzel under the tree
Sometimes I just want to Goebbel you up
Tread softly on my heart, dear
Do not speak loudly in the chambers of my desire
These orders are to be obeyed at all times.
I just punched myself in the face for this, so you guys don’t have to. It’s handled.
No, it’s lovely. In particular, “secret police of love” is a phrase I’ll be yoinking for my own use.
I can hardly wait for next Valentine’s Day.
Oh, tell us what you’ll be printing it on!
Ahahahaha! Kafka’s nice but I’m thinking, if it’s still trendy, Obama’s long-form birth certificate.
really, I think it might be even better if it’s not still trendy. Post-ironic, you know.
I have such little hope for the future of our species.
Last time I facepalmed this hard was when I saw the Disney ‘Old Yeller’ brand dog food.
Facepalming over this kind of stupidity is dangerous. You’re risking a fractured cheekbone.
I concur. That sort of repeated injury (and if you read Regretsy, it would be repeated) is tough on the body.
Are all the wedding invitations printed on the SAME page? Inquiring minds would like to know.
Did she think it was romantic to use this book? Why not get some silly romance novel for a quarter at the used book store and use ANY page from that?
That would be awesome. You have to make sure to use all the pages though, even the parts with the graphic sex scenes.
no save that for congratulations on becoming a nun, monk, entering the priesthood
Or for children’s birthday cards.
I suspect she’s never read the book, and hasn’t the faintest idea what it’s about.
One would hope.
Somehow, I’m more inclined to think she’s just too stupid to get the “neverinamillionfuckingyearswillthisbeO.K. level of wrongness here.
I hope. Man I hope.
Instead of being blank, the inside should read “PSYCH!”
i am not eating or drinking
i am choking
what is wrong with people
Nuthin says lovin’ like something from the oven.
(Yes, I went there.)
Being the sick fuck that I am, I admire your courage.
…God…thumb me down into oblivion. Clearly I lost my fucking mind for a moment.
It was meant to convey the utter fucking tastelessness of the card, but failed miserably. I can only apologize.
Oh you definitely aren’t getting raptured now.
And I was so close.
Is it possible to DIE of cringing? I’m soon going to find out.
I’m not gonna lie. I love this picture.
I see the couple went in a different direction. Forget cutting into a wedding cake…
GRILLED CHEEZUZ! This is the funniest/worst/most horrifying thing I’ve ever seen!
I was going to say the EXACT SAME THING, but then I chickened out and wrote a horrible poem about Hitler and schnitzel and god knows what else instead.
(and that was kind of you..)
Hitler and schnitzel should not even be together in the same love poem. They evoke two very different feelings. I would fail this literature class.
Well, I for one got what you meant – you were horrified as well. Most sane people are horrified by what happened in Germany prior to and during WW2….
But like we’ve said about PLENTY of shit – sometimes, you just have to laugh. At the stupidity of this seller, at tasteless jokes. It’s not meant as a damn insult, or to mean you agreed with what happened.
Why is it ok to joke about some things, but not others?? I guess that’s my main question. *I* was not a Nazi, thus I should not have to feel guilty for what happened. I wasn’t even alive then, could not have done anything to help or prevent. Can I learn from history? You bet your sweet ass.
But I can also laugh at completely tasteless humor. And I’m not going to feel bad for that.
And…..let the thumbs down begin!
I love you for this, Stranger on the Internet.
Hey – I’m just here to keep us all from being hypocrites.
Excellent point, angelbuttons77. I also would say that by taking this thing seriously to the point of being offended (which I readily admit that I am, after careful consideration) and actually discussing it, we come dangerously close to elevating it to “real art.”
I’d much rather make fun of shit until it’s meaningless and symbolically powerless.
I saw “Piss Christ”, many years ago in LA at the Temporary Contemporary…a sometimes pretentious/sometimes amazing modern art space. It was really new then.
My best friend stood there with me and we both said…”Hey…is that really pee?” at the same time.
His next sentence was “Good thing that’s not actually Jesus…cuz someone might be offended and he would be all kinds of uncomfortable.”
At the time, for some reason, that made me laugh like an idiot. I had to go outside. We both did.
When I ready about the defacing of it recently..I think of that. I tend to think of his reaction as better.
You make a good point as well – turning it into a true “statement” by overly analyzing or being overly offended….when we all know it’s most likely she’s just a total idiot who doesn’t know wtf the book is about…
My bf and I have had a similar conversation, specifically about the “Hitler hates….” videos on YouTube, where clips of an old movie are reused to insult soccer teams, WoW, vuvuzelas, and just about any other pop topic. He’d made a comment about whether people might get swept up in the humor and forget the atrocities, and I reminded him that part of all the Hitler memes and Hipster Hitler comics is a method by which we as a culture are confronting and stripping the power from the monsters of the past. I would never laugh at the holocaust, but every time I laugh at a Hitler joke, I make him an object of derision. Otherwise, people act out of fear instead of out of certainty when reacting to something.
German WW2 reenactors tell the best nazi jokes!
this literally knocked the breath out of me. what blatant stupidity.
I actually prefer the more immediate irony of her Home Sweet Home card stenciled on a page from the same book.
And I bought the Home Sweet Home card just for the horrific irony. Now, who to send it to?
Better send it fast, in case the recipient is raptured.
I’m pretty sure the person I would send it to would not be raptured.
Sound advice there, about the “escape bag”.
OT but i love your username. i say “butts lol” all the time.
This is just plain stupid. Obviously they never READ this book. Horrible.
According to this listing: http://www.etsy.com/listing/72934531/home-sweet-home-greeting-card-on
It is one of her favorite books. Favorite because she used it as a handy doorstop?
see, SHE should be ashamed – if it was her favorite damn book, how can she not see the absolute tastelessness of all of this???
At least the people posting the jokes on this page know that it’s tasteless and wrong….
Maybe she doesn’t know what happened immediately after the end of the book?
It doesn’t matter what happened after – what happened DURING is bad enough, ya know??
I don’t see anything on there about it being one of her favorite books. Only that it’s a “vintage book” and “literature”. Something about the page being cut into pieces and formed into a little house is actually *worse* than the “happily ever after” bit. She HAS to be getting notices on this from someone.
It’s in another one of her listings that it’s her favorite book…
…Is it bad that I’m now HOPING the world ends on Saturday? -_-
It reminds me of a Hallmark card I once read…..”Hope there is much Furher on your Birthday”….of course printed on pages of Mein Kampf.
Well, clearly that card wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on, since it was missing the umlaut! If you’re going to spend 1.99 on a card, it damn well better have all those extra dots!
Aww, this English major working in book publishing adores you for this, amazon!
That’s genuinely awesome.
I still wish the world really would end tomorrow.
Ahh, there’s nothing like reading the classics to…wait, what?
Someone didn’t actually *read* this book.
Also in this series, invitations to the bachelor party on pages from, “Deliverance.”
You stole my thought! Get out of my head, you thought thief, you!
Oh lord & lady above. They have something against Jewish girls surviving in WWII.
“Be careful reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” – AGAIN on a page of Anne Frank’s diary.
“I <3 U" with a butchered map heart of Italy in addition to rubbing young Anne's face in it.
"Don't squat with your spurs on." I don't think they were worried about spurs while squatting in Birkenau, Auschwitz, or Buchenwald.
"Love, Faith, Hope, Inspire, Forgive & Peace". The awe inspiring STUPIDITY of this is blinding.
"Home Sweet Home". I'm guessing maybe that should be "Home Sweet Gas Chamber."
God! “Breathe” & “Believe” on Anne’s Diary pages as well.
WTF kind of sick, perverted, sociopath does this shit then sells it?? Jesus H. Christ!!
Even better: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/49042345
My soul weeps bitter tears for humanity.
She claims that it’s one of her favorite books, and she wanted to put it to good use because it was falling apart…
For the truly depraved, this card could work if you did have something like “…wait, nevermind.” on the inside and give it to someone equally dark as a post-divorce card or something similar.
Please tell me that’s what the person who purchased this is doing…please?
On second thought, even the depraved would shake their heads.
memsaab- you’ve got to be kidding me!
tardis, nope! Right there on the page you linked to:
“I’ve had the book for years (it is one of my favorites) but it was literally falling apart. I wanted to put the yellowed pages to good use.”
I don’t think she has any idea how clueless this is…(well, by now she might).
…aaaaaaaand never mind. I just read further down this thread. She is a fucking idiot.
“Breathe & Believe…. two things I have to remind myself to do all the time.”
I can believe that she constantly has to remind herself to breathe. The bold stupidity displayed in her shop is staggering.
What does the H in Jesus H. Christ stand for? I’ve always wondered…
I was always told Holy. Could be Hell though. I don’t know for certain, just what I was told as a kid.
Hector? Never heard that one before but goes well with Jesus (said as in Spanish). I actually like the sound of that. I may have found a new curse string. Thank you Regretsians!
Horatio. That’s what my dad always told me.
HELEN KILLER, clearly.
I’ll be pedantic again, http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/30/why-do-folks-say-jesus-h-christ this is pretty concise about what is known or theorized on the matter.
DID YOU KNOW?
When Sarah and Abraham were blessed by the Old Testament God, he added the H’s to their names (previously more like Sara and Abram). Jesus’ Jewish name was Yehoshuah, (the HO part is the holy H) but when he crossed over to the dark side he removed it from his name to be Yeshuah.
At least that’s what I read once and for some reason still totally remember.
So it’s really ironic to be putting an H back in Jesus’ name. Must be the work of drunks and craftards.
The spurs one is the one that really baffles me.
My brain can not even begin to compute these horrors. The spurs one is probably one of the tamer assaults on Anne Frank’s Diary.
“I <3 U" with a butchered map heart of Italy in addition to rubbing young Anne's face in it.
Shame she couln’t find a map of Eastern Poland.
She keeps that stash for her personal Heiling.
Even more tasteless? What do I win?
I’m advocating the seller win a forced sterilization for the benefit of humanity.
You know, I was kind of on the side of “Oh, don’t be so hard on the poor silly thing” until I found the Father’s Day one. Now I’m just sincerely sad.
I can sort of see where the “happily ever after” and more serious ones were going (don’t get me wrong, still shockingly poor taste and such products are why critics are important), but the pairing of base humor and Anne Frank is just really…freaky and offputting.
No. Just no. Who the FUCK … I mean honestly.
Well… her dad was the only survivor of the group…
This particular passage is about how they’re almost discovered. It’s fucking heartbreaking. I’m sorry: what an idiot.
Oh FFS – she might as well just finish it and put “My Dad the FuhrerX FATHER! Hahahaha!”
This woman is SICK.
to be fair, the Faith, Hope, Peace, and Forgiveness is ACTUALLY what Anne Frank wished for….so that one ALMOST makes sense….but only if it’s on the right pages from the book…
Cynthia Ozick actually wrote an extremely challenging essay about the misinterpretations of Anne Frank’s diary that everyone from Hollywood to young girls who love the books are prone. She mentions in particular one teenager who write in an essay how devastating it was in the movie when the Franks are arrested, “and Peter and Ann have to break up”.
I guess this is just a more…graphic…example of that.
If you remember “My So-Called Life” that hideously WHINY television show, the teacher asked her about the book, and how she would describe Anne, and Angela says “Lucky.” The teacher says, “Lucky? She DIED in a concentration camp. Why would you say LUCKY?” She says, “She got to hide out for 3 years with a boy she liked” or something about like that.
I was pissed enough about that – you’d have to be kind of a fucking idiot to take it in that direction even if you ARE a teenage girl. That’s just not enough excuse for this shit.
Is this from the newly released chapters of the Anne Frank Diary? You know, the ones they thought we were too prudish to handle?
What is….I don’t even…seriously, you guys?
Oh my God. I am truly speechless. I’m not even going to TRY to come up with something amusing to say because, honestly, the tastelessness of this item is so mind-boggling as to make me want to curl up in a fetal position and cry for humanity.
Why do I have the feeling the seller has no idea what the book is about? I’m kind of hoping, actually.
My guess is that she saw “Diary of a Young Girl” in the title and thought it was some sort of sweet coming-of-age novel. Of course, anyone who would think that would have to be dumber than a sack of collectible thimbles, but I’d rather believe this than the alternative.
Actually, there is some coming-of-age in the book… and some bombs… and some raids… but that’s not what’s important here.
I was figuring that must be it until she said it was one of her FAVORITE BOOKS and made a fart joke on one card. Then I realized she’s just a fucking idiot. And probably kind of evil in the bargain.
My jaw is hanging open. I can’t believe how ignorant people are. (Stupid is an accident of birth, ignorant is a choice) This was the book that made me realise that there was a world out there that could be evil and that it was important to talk, think, and do things to help and not just live blithely, willfully within one’s own little safe neighbourhood.
“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”
Or in this case post it to Etsy and remove all doubt.
Read more: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/abrahamlin109276.html#ixzz1MplXI3oA
And I couldn’t even get my correction to post under my post….. Time for a drink….
Thanks for fixing it for me!
I can’t even believe someone was so stupid enough to use Anne Frank! My mind is blown.
Fahrenheit 451 for a condolence card for a burn victim or loss of house or loved on in a fire…
A Farewell To Arms, a get well soon for some one undergoing an amputation
Scarlett Letter for a baby shower
On Rememberance of Things Past for someone with dementia?
Rosemary’s Baby for a christening? (Oh, the irony!)
How about a page out of Lolita for a card celebrating a young wombyn’s first minstrel period?
Oh dear heaven, she uses pages from the same book for other messages such as, “Home Sweet Home,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” and the almost MORE appalling, “Don’t Squat With Your Spurs On.”
There really are no words.
Damn, editing obviously not my strong point, (and in a post about ignorance) *blithely, willfully unaware within.
I think part of my brain just broke.
I’m with you. I can’t even think of any type of response. After expelling a laugh/gasp/moan that sounded like sea lion I just keep shaking my head and mumbling random syllables.
The more I think about this, the less it works. I can only think of books where this could be done in an ironic way, and it might be funny. This, however, will just have the happy couple trying to work out what the sender is trying to say deep down, without realising the sender was lured in by the words “And they all lived happily ever after.”
(Unless the US edition has a different ending. The UK ending is a bit sad, so I can understand the publishers adding a more ‘upbeat’ version for the US market.)
There is no upbeat ending for Anne Frank’s story. The closet doesn’t open up into Narnia or anything.
Damn. Well, that was what my defence as Devil’s Advocate rested on. Y’know, it happened with ‘Brazil’ and ‘A Clockwork Orange’, I thought there might have been an earlier precedent
I shall now appeal for clemency as the creator of these cards is too stupid to read. Or write without a stencil.
I have never heard of publishers changing plot elements or endings of well-known works of literature based on the market in which they’re being sold. Any examples?
Okay, I know it’s a movie. i just always think of it for such examples, as my godmother watched on TV and though it had such a lovely ending, which confused the heck out of my mother.
The totally ridiculous 90s film adaptation of The Scarlett Letter also comes to mind. I had forgotten about the final chapter of A Clockwork Orange being left out of the American version — though that was done to result in a darker, supposedly more realistic ending, not a happier one.
The US version of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ had a slightly different ending to the original, but I was thinking of ‘Brazil’. (For anyone seething – I don’t really think there was an amended version of Ann Frank’s story. There might be a market in re-writing some of the classics to put happy endings in, but not this one.)
Actually, there’s a WHOLE company dedicated to “cleaning up and purifying” many works of literature – like Huckleberry Finn, in which Jim is no longer a slave – he’s a hired hand. Seriously, WTF is wrong with people??
I don’t know if it’s a company that’s doing that to Huckleberry Finn. I remember hearing that a teach in the South didn’t like his daughter reading such dreadful writing and went in and changed the N word to “slave” (or was it some other term?) which is so wrong and incorrect and damn it, I wish people would just NOT read books if their fragile little brainlets are offended.
Especially since Mark Twain himself spoke so adamantly about the difference between using the right word and the almost right word. He did not choose his words idly and it really steams my beans to see someone so cavalierly change them and still say they were his.
It’s a publishing house – NewSouth. heh.
From what I’ve read the school versions of Huckleberry Finn are officially being changed to remove the so-called “N-word” despite the fact that the use of it was most deliberate and for a reason. *shrug* People suck.
Plots themes? No. Titles? Yes. I think Agatha Christie’s books and JK Rowlings demonstrate this well.
The Philosopher’s Stone? Just makes me think of Rodin and The Thinker.
You do know “The Diary of a Young Girl” is non-fiction, right?
I do. I’ve never for a moment entertained the thought that it could be, or is, otherwise. I just hoped that the seller came from a La-la world where they did do a version with a happy ending, and where Old Yeller just got a bit poorly then improved, and where ‘The Gulag Archipelago’ reads just like ‘Carry On Camping’.
Otherwise she (or he) would have to be really, really stupid.
There was a slightly sanitized version of Anne Frank, (partially edited by the girl herself the rest edited by her father) mostly it just took out the sex and some of the criticism of her parents. They are still found, she still dies.
Since it’s a non-fiction book I can’t think of any way they could make the ending upbeat in any country.
I can think of a few countries where lots of dead Jews IS an upbeat ending.
Really??? I can’t. I can think of fanatical groups that would like that, but not COUNTRIES themselves….
I can think of several countries that celebrate by handing out candy & prizes when there’s a suicide bombing in Israel. Just like they did post 9-11, with the government fully in cahoots if not outright on the streets – doing nothing to stop it. THAT falls under “country”.
I think you’re mixing up “what the media shows us and tells us about” and “the whole truth of what happens in the world.”
You can’t change the ending of that book. It’s a diary published posthumously. It’s history. It’s not fiction. The facts are the facts.
I really wish there was some way the outcome could have changed. Really, really wish. God. *shakes head*
I could just see some dumb schmuck slamming together the ending of the diary with Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself and Anne Frank actually saves her family and ends the war by seducing and killing Adolph Hitler:-/
I rather found the girl to be (as is wont to happen at 13) somewhat disrespectful and a little bratty-seeming at times. Even in saying so, what would NEVER have occurred to me, even at that age, would have been to make LIGHT of the story or what happened to her. FFS; these people were being put through torture and slaughtered – what in the fuck could possibly be funny or “light” about something like that? Even a child knows better!
Uh, no. Americans like our happy endings, but no one has ever tried to rewrite Anne Frank that I know of…except, I suppose, for all those goddamn stage productions where they do the ‘I believe that people are still good’ passage from the darkened stage at the end.
Actually, Anne herself tried to rewrite her diary when she thought about how after the war it might end up in a museum or it might get published.
And then when after the war and it became clear that Anne was no longer alive, Miep Gies (one of the helpers) gave the diaries to Otto (Anne’s father), he too edited the diaries before having them published.
Years later, the ‘unedited version’ came out, in which Anne’s feelings about her mother and her sexuality were more explicit than in the edited version.
I would hate to see a re-write of Anne Frank’s diaries, though.
Here’s another page for the Diary of Anne Frank for a card reading
“be careful of reading health books. You might die of a misprint”
Also, incredibly inappropriate
There are also “inspiring words” stenciled onto pages from the same book. It just gets worse and worse!
Really? REALLY?!? Why would anyone think that the Diary of Anne Frank would be appropriate for such a thing?
What next? A Hanukkah card tastefully printed on an age yellowed page from Mein Kamph?
I hate that she used one of my favorite books (one from 1952 especially, probably one of the first prints) to stamp Pier 1-ish crap on. Really, you’re going to put “BREATHE” and “PEACE” on pages from Anne Frank’s diary? Unless she has a sense of humor, this wedding card in particular is ironic, because Anne is talking about escaping.
Oh, and then there’s this. Who can be this oblivious?
I have a LOVE for old books and I hate it when people do this to them! They are meant for READING not glue and glitter
To be fair, if she wasn’t a complete idiot, I’d assume that she had bought the book already damaged (like at a yardsale or library book sale, and was ‘upcycling’ the remainder of the book. Which could be elegantly done, if one wasn’t an idiot, and actually paid attention to the text and subtext. (and actually, I’m wondering if she’s seen someone doing it right and misunderstood the finer points of it.)
And if you must use an old book, the world is full of old Reader’s Digest versions of books all nicely yellowed and just waiting to be ripped apart.
I actually bought some prints done on the pages of a turn of the last century encyclopedia. I too am against destroying books but I don’t really feel bad about that one since it was a reference book and the information was well out of date. The artist then matched the subject of the print to the subject of the article.
So, there are a few key differences between doing it well and this.
Okay, mostly, what on earth was this seller thinking? But “PEACE” on top of Anne Frank? I confess I like it. It’s sorta “Peace, or else. Don’t F it up like last time, world.” A cautionary tale!
I would love to believe that’s what the seller intended. I would also believe I’m getting a unicorn that farts $1000 bills for my birthday.
You, too? Our unicorns can have play dates.
I can’t say much. I once gave a speaking, children’s Transformers birthday card as a wedding card. I just crossed out birthday and added in wedding.
My friends and I always give intentionally inappropriate cards for things. I gave one friend a “Happy 5th Birthday, Son” card for her graduation.
My friends and I always give each other children’s birthday cards, and just correct the age. So when someone turned 22, I just got them a “Happy 2nd Birthday” card, and drew in the other 2. I mean, why do the individual age cards stop at, like 10, and then only resurface at certain birthdays, like 16, 18, 21 an 50. I want a “Happy 29th Birthday” card, dammit!
I love that! Last year I turned 50 and a friend (a few years older) gave me a Finding Nemo card for a 5-year-old and drew in the 0. I loved it.
There’s intentionally but amusingly inappropriate and then there’s just plain defiling the memory of a young woman who for many if not most of us was our first honest glimpse into the depth’s of man’s inhumanity to man.
As I said below, I didn’t really have anything else to post that wasn’t a string of four letter words and insults to the card maker’s mother.
I love the idea of giving intentionally inappropriate cards. I don’t like the idea of supporting this particular ignorance (since she said it’s one of her favorite books and she is quite obviously not being intentionally ironic – not with the fart joke, no way.) So I wouldn’t buy this from her regardless. It’s just too…STUPID to brook.
I like to buy almost appropriate cards and then edit them/write a paragraph on the inside explaining why I got it for them.
My family does this all the time. This is why I love them.
There’s a pretty big difference between a Transformers card for a wedding, which is kind of lame but ultimately worth a half-second chuckle, and this.
I agree. I didn’t really have anything else to say on the subject that wasn’t a bunch of angry ranting.
My friend gave me a “congratulations on your new baby” card when I got my degree; she crossed out “baby” and wrote “masters.” I loved it. She also sent me a card that was a taco, and drew a picture of the Virgin Mary on the front of it.
Nothing quite says “Come join me and my loved ones on my special day!” quite like genocide.
Well, it is a family event. *rimshot*
And WE’RE the fat, hateful, kitten-kicking, dream rapers?
Clearly we are. We’re not raping the writings of a long dead Jewish girl who died at the hands of the Nazis. THAT’s what you do when you’re a member of the cupcake brigade.
This is the most insulting, tasteless, disgusting thing ever featured on Regretsy. And that’s including all the vulva art.
VULVAS ARE RAD AND EACH ONE IS AS BEAUTIFUL AND UNIQUE AS A SNOWFLAKE, DAMNNIT
At least they don’t fall out of the sky like snowflakes – that could get really messy, and lead to huge dry-cleaning bills.
Wow! What’s next?
GET WELL SOON printed on a page from the script of Lorenzo’s Oil
HAVE A NICE TRIP printed on a picture of the Donner party setting off…
I would buy that Donner Party one.
How about a book about the Donner Party with a quote from ‘Where the wild things are’: “We’ll eat you up, we love you so!”
That’s a win, right there.
Uncle Whippity, you’re not the least bit modest about your achievement. Good for you!
Why not use the Donner Party for an invitation to a formal dinner?
“It’s a BYOB Party–Bring Your Own Body (To Eat)” Condiments will be provided.
OK, the Donner Party idea made me laugh again instead of feeling kind of sick.
I am puzzled. With such an obviously GENIUS set of cards that’ll no doubt fly off the shelves, what is she going to do when she runs out of pages from Diary of a Young Girl?
Go to another garage sale.
Does anybody have the nerve to contact the seller and ask her what the fuck she was thinking? I’d do it, except I don’t think I could trust myself to write more coherently than Ms. Crease and Desist.
I did, but I think that I was so horrified I ended up sounding like someone who deserved to go on the butthurt page.
I was going to but I assumed other people already did.
facepalm- what did you say to her? The only thing I could think of was,”…do you know who Anne Frank is?”
I smell a “most offensive greeting card” contest coming up.
Yes…but it should be “Most Unintentionally Offensive Greeting Card” contest. They should be real cards…that we make and sell for charity.
I have about 100 ideas floating around for this…
Charity cards? I see a April’s Army craft just waiting to be made.
Yes…I want this to happen!
First person to photoshop ‘ARBEIT MACHT FREI’ to read ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY DORA’ wins my eternal love.
And it has sold!
Under one of her transactions, the seller states that “I’ve had the book for years (it is one of my favorites) but it was literally falling apart. I wanted to put the yellowed pages to good use.” Really? This is “good use?” (http://www.etsy.com/transaction/49042345)
I absolutely promise that I am suggesting absolutely nothing at all, but all I am saying is that they have a Twitter.
Oh god. Of all the batshit crazy people, why’s this one gotta be from my state?
If you read their Etsy profile, they have a Facebook page a well…
Surprised you chose this card over this horrifically distateful one:
“Home Sweet Home,” with the pages cut into a house with a smoking chimney. This seller clearly needs to brush up on the Holocaust.
The “BREATHE” one also stands out.
Also, what’s up with the stenciled letters? Doesn’t she realize that they give off a military-industrial vibe?
Oh right, she’s using Anne Frank pages for weddings invitations. So probably not.
Jesus Christ. On a crutch. Going “WTF?”
There is a whole world of possibilities…
Darn, it sold. I was just thinking it would be perfect for me to to send this to someone I know getting married next Sat.who sort of half-assedly (yes, that is a word) invited me to the wedding at the last minute, claiming my invitation was sent to the wrong address. Actually, the girl’s father spoke to my father and said the family was invited, even though none of us actually got invitations. I have yet to receive any actual information about this event other than it is on Saturday on Long Island. I figured sending this, with no gift, about 3 weeks after the wedding, would be an appropriate response.
this and the rest of them are perfect to send to no one unless you want people to think you are an idiot like the seller.
And you know, you will definitely be Left Behind on Saturday if you send this crap.
Are you on the groom’s side or the bride’s? I ask because if there was a long-term lover dumped for this wedding (it doesn’t sound as if “class” is a priority with that family) and I were in your position, I’d address the card “Dear [Former Girlfriend] and [Current Groom], I hope you have a long and happy life together and may no one come between you…unless you’re into threesomes, in which case, I’m giving you the orgy-size bottle of lube. God bless!”
Boy, did I wander off the point there. Sorry.
Seller, here’s a spoiler for you since you’ve obviously never read the book:
Every single person hiding in that attic was discovered by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps. They all DIED, with the exception of Otto Frank, Anne’s father.
I really have nothing snarky to say, so I will just tell you to go fuck yourself.
This was the perfect SPOILER ALERT.
Also? Dumbledore dies. Frodo lives. Jesus does both. Rosebud is a sled.
Fuck, it was a SLED?
A teacher in high school told us that actually, although it was a sled in the movie, Rosebud was what Hearst called his mistress’ vagina. I don’t think Orson Welles was allowed to allude to that at the time of the film. And, perhaps my teacher was a lying bastard, but I liked his story!
Rosebud was the mistress’s clitoris.
I emailed her, this is the response I got:
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is one of my favorite books. While studying literature in college, I was struck by Anne’s character & spirit. Through horrible times, she kept a positive attitude, remained hopeful and saw the good in people. Her relationship with Peter in the book is a love story. Peter was her first love, her first kiss, her first infatuation. They lived through hard times together and he remained her distraction and her hope through the turmoil. I think Anne & Peter’s relationship shows that love triumphs all. Even in the worst of times, love can shine a light in the dark. Is that such a bad message behind a wedding card?
Read the book carefully and you’ll see Anne’s hopes and dreams and beauty and love. Though sad, her timeless message reminds us to stay young at heart because we never know what lurks around the corner.
“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” – Anne Frank
I still think it’s inappropriate
Wow. I didn’t think anything could be worse than someone doing it completely obliviously, but justifying it is worse. Yes, Anne Frank was an amazing person, but what people are going to respond to is the outcome of the book.
Particularly when you have another card with a page of the book and “Don’t Squat With Your Spurs On”. Does she care to explain how that relates to the life of Anne Frank?
Perhaps she’d like to explain how in the fuck the FART “joke” fits in with the motif she’s just painted. And, she’s fallen into the trap someone described above that is common for…little girls to fall into when reading the book. (About how sad it is when they’re arrested because Anne and Peter have to “break up”, etc.) Hardly college literature majors. Or anyone with an ounce of sense.
No, I don’t buy it, but you know what? She just made it WORSE, if that’s possible.
Even if you buy that response…”happily ever after”? Pretty sure Anne wasn’t too happy in her post-attic days.
Plus her response just confirmed that this wasn’t a sad case of irony but yet an amazing case of stupidity.
I think she is a fuckwit. I hate her more than I hated her before.
I prefer “fucktard” fuckwit implies that she has some.
I could see using that quote “Think of all the beauty…”
but I’m … I can’t think of an appropriate word… butt-founded-baffle-wounded-stymy-waffled at her choice of “Don’t Squat with your Spurs On…”
I read the book too. I spent time in Germany at age 11 and visited what was left at the camps. I’m not Jewish but I was able to GET IT.
These quotes show she doesn’t GET IT.
She obviously isn’t stupid, but she’s not getting it…
How about using Anne Frank QUOTES ….
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”
“I don’t want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!”
…and we really should post this Anne Frank quote in here somewhere…kudos to Helen of course for using a variation in the title…
“I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart….”
So if you read the whole book really, really deeply, WHICH PEOPLE TOTALLY DO WHEN THEY RECEIVE ONE PAGE OF A BOOK ON A GREETING CARD, it’s totally appropriate.
In other words, “I’m sorry I’ve done something that most people find horribly offensive, but it’s my interpretation that counts.” She’s the kind of idiot who could have a Holocaust survivor look her in the face and say, “This hurts me,” and she’d try to explain why they’re wrong.
Aaannnndddd that explains the ‘Don’t Squat With Your Spurs On’ card how exactly?
I keep hearing these strange strangling sounds and realizing it is me reacting to this seller.
1. Who studies Anne Frank in COLLEGE lit classes?
2. You don’t need to “read carefully” to see Anne’s indomitable spirit, love, wit, and humor. She was a good writer. It is all there on the page.
3. Anne’s relationship with Peter is a love story, but it is TRAGIC. “And they lived happily ever after” is inappropriate because they FUCKING DIDN’T.
4.”Stay young at heart” because you never know when you might lose your love and/or your life is STILL not an appropriate wedding message.
I feel a tiny bit better now.
Hey…colleges still have classes that teach High School themes. While most of us probably read The Diary of Anne Frank in 8th or 9th grade, maybe the seller was in WRI 10 – pre pre pre pre pre WRI 121 in college. XD
Everything else you said I agree with.
I <3 the passive aggressive, "Read the book carefully and…"
You obviously didn't read the book carefully enough!
P. fucking S. Her explanation would be more believable if she had used the page that quote was on. Or if she hadn't made a bunch of other trite cards out of the same book.
So–nowhere near the same level of awful–but according to her logic, you could also make wedding invitations with pages from Romeo and Juliet because their love story was so inspiring!
Also, IIRC, Anne and Peter’s relationship had already fizzled by the time they were discovered. So there goes her whole “love triumphs” bit. I can’t stand people who willfully misunderstand for their own purposes.
Yup, because Anne questioned if her feelings were real or a product of circumstance. More happy marital tidings.
If the seller had used Romeo & Juliet I would have found the card funny. Hell, I might make my own card for one of the bajillion weddings I have coming up and use Romeo & Juliet and make a joke about how I didn’t read the end or fell asleep during the movie.
That’s the exact same reply I got
It’s BECAUSE we saw her hopes and dreams, etc, that we are so sickened by this (you dumb bitch). Hope didn’t triumph, and she “stayed young” because she fucking died that way. What a stupid assfuck.
I called it above. Didn’t think there was any way this was done in ignorance. Now it’s confirmed. The seller is purposefully stupid. Yes, Anne and Peter fell for each other, but they didn’t live happily very after. They were separated and died slowly, alone and scared.
This page explains why she’s using this book!
Even more horrifically-the seller has apparently read the book and still decided to use it.
All I can come up with is this…
Using the book – fine.
But choose quotes that honor the author, not quotes that have nothing to do with her – at best – and insult her – at worst.
I mean, WTF…..
I want to curse, so bad…
She should render unto Oscar Wilde what is Oscar’s — use that quote on an old book of his then…
and use an Anne Frank quote on her book if she has to do that…
I feel a sudden urge to burn books…
NO! Don’t let an oblivious, callous, snowflake bitch turn you to such hatred of books. I can’t fathom the ignorance that motivates her. Don’t let it contaminate you. She’s the type of person who would read Gone With the Wind and praise its message of how good and honest American farmers are, that women supported their men at war by doing needlepoint (what heroines!) and that Scarlet is a good role model for proper nutrition (low-fat radishes!) and recycling (the drapes dress…and thank you, Carol Burnett for wonderfuly corrupting that image in my mind before I ever saw the movie).
Because it’s so hard to find used books to cut up for cards. Where would she get another one?
Her shop’s gone. Good.
This quote was what really made me go WTF? Because, you know, the entire tragedy of Anne Frank’s life is that she became her mother.
It’s beyond willful ignorance to put a joking quote about a “tragedy” of life on the page of a book written by someone who died in the Holocaust. This? This is blatant disregard for basic human decency.
After browsing the horrible inappropriateness of using “Anne Frank” for her cards, then coming across this:
I can’t help but wonder how Molly died…
and why I’ve apparently been rendered unable to post pictures.
Here’s a hint, the paw print isn’t engraved…
Seriously. The only way this could be more icky is if the seller had a “Happy Sweet 16th!” card printed up on these pages.
Jaw dropped on that…
Well done, managed to shock more than the card itself.
My mind is running riot:
Get Well Soon, hand-stencilled onto a page from Cancer Ward. Happy Anniversary – Roald Dahl’s short but touching ‘William and Mary’. New Pet – The Plague Dogs. With Deepest Sympathy – Being Dead by Jim Crace. Valentine’s Day – buyer’s choice between Enduring Love and Notes on a Scandal.
“Nothing will work unless you do” by Maya Angelou
Oh goodness yeah, I saw that transaction too. I couldn’t believe it. If this woman was taking any college literature courses, she failed them miserably. She obviously missed some basic contextual lessons in literary theory.
And they lived happily ever after… just like Anne Frank. I mean, you might as well send a sympathy card to someone who just went through a loved one’s suicide on pages from The Bell Jar.
Wow… tasteless and disrespectful are just a few of the words that immediately came to mind. Can’t tell if trolling or just very very stupid…
Bar Mitzvah invitations on Mein Kampf would be tasteless but would be obviously ironic. Tasteless, but clearly on purpose. Just like Wedding shower invitations on Stepford Wives. That’s funny.
This is just stupid and sad.
Seriously…she could have at least read the SparkNotes first?
just checking through her shop, she really has a hard on for stenciling over Anee Frank, maybe she’s got the dead Jewish girl confused with Lisa Frank. That’s the only reasoning I have behind being so crafty on the diary of a girl hiding in an attic.
Yeah. I just fucking hate people. Go figure.
“They lived happily ever after” until they were taken to Auschwitz a year later. I don’t care how bad your marriage is going, no bride and groom want to hear THAT.
That’s over the event horizon of bad taste.
She’s taken out the part that says the pages are from an Anne Frank book.
I don’t know how much that helps…but I guess she’s in here reading comments and maybe at least knows it isn’t cool, even if not exactly why…
Title’s at the top of the dang page of the card. I didn’t even have to read the copy and I knew it was her diary.
Yes, I know. She can’t change that. But she went in and edited her copy explaining what the card is.
The framed “Fly me to the Moon” doesn’t have the book title shown… although if you take the time to read the copy, you will see Anne’s words, including how she sees two Jews from her window, how miserable they look, how she she betrayed them and feels guilty
Could be argued that it’s poignant but I don’t think it was meant to be. Fly Me to the Moon.
I saw some of the books have people who have “Favorited” them… I wonder how many people are bothering to see what book the page is from and how many give it a second thought.
I need to stop posting – I get negative votes or nothing, I must be a downer here.
Maybe someone could give her a book on the Rwanda genocide – my son has a Rwandan friend who was two when it happened, maybe he knows a good diary she could use.
“Maybe someone could give her a book on the Rwanda genocide…”
Shake Hands with the Devil by Roméo Dallaire. A truly wrenching read, for which I nominate the stencilled slogan ‘Cheer up – it might never happen!’
No..you aren’t a downer..you are righteously indignant.
I just want to say that “cheer up, it might never happen!” is the sort of smart-arse phrase I detest the most. Usually used by middle-aged men towards young women who are complete strangers to them, the former wanting to appear to have a sense of humour but actually showing they are morons. Well, a couple of complete strangers said it to me at a particularly low point in my life, and I really wanted to reply to them, “well fuck you, because it already has!!”
Thank you, I feel a bit better now!
A lot of people ‘heart’ something in order to keep track of it. I have ‘hearted’ the Nazi flag way back when that was on Regretsy in order to see whether or not Etsy would do something about it.
How horrified would you be if you bought this, thinking it would honestly be a good wedding present, then upon receiving it realized it was on a copy of Anne Frank?! I would be mortified and angry and offended. Taking down that they’re on Diary of a Young Girl makes it WORSE.
Haven’t read the other comments yet, but I foresee a sizable amount of butthurt resulting from this.
I was thinking that I can’t wait for the butthurt from this moron.
I wonder if she’ll call in her Aryan brotherhood and fellow skin heads for backup.
I sincerely apologize for offending everyone. I am a complete idoit.
Ya’ think?? Really, learn something from this. You should be ashamed.
It’s not so much offensive as it is horribly, horribly inappropriate. “The Diary of Anne Frank” is a wonderful book, and is full of important messages, it’s just that “And they lived happily ever after” isn’t one of them.
Now, if these were done on, say, a Jane Austin book, or Alice in Wonderland, or something with a happy ending, they’d be adorable.
I found it horribly offensive.
Considering that she justified it so strongly first, I don’t think she gets it at all. Sort of being sorry they’re being so harshly criticized but not knowing what they did to earn the criticism. Gah. Whatever.
Though you may not deserve it, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt that you’re making a sincere apology. That’s good. An apology is a good start.
Now here’s what I think you should do next:
1) Make a donation — the amount is up to you, but it should be a lot more than however much you’ve made selling these grotesque cards — to a nonprofit organization that advocates for Holocaust victims, or the victims of a more recent or ongoing genocide. A quick search of charitynavigator.org turns up some highly rated ones. Or send a contribution to a Holocaust museum. Or buy up some copies of “The Diary of Anne Frank” and donate them to local schools that could use them for their libraries. Whatever. Just make some kind of tangible donation to a worthwhile cause.
2) For fuck’s sake, don’t ever do something like this again.
If you’re sorry, pull them.
If you’re not, stand behind them and don’t apologize.
see, i can’t even spell idiot. that’s how idiotic i am.
This is not about a spelling error. None of us gives a shit about spelling in this case.
When I saw the photo I wondered what was wrong…Then I recalled where I had seen ‘Dear Kitty’ before. OMG.
Yeah, same here. Disgusting.
Obviously the design was utterly and implicitly inspired by Anne Frank’s (debatable) masterpiece entitled “The Diary of Anne Frank”…
That was in reference to this post: http://www.regretsy.com/2011/05/01/weekend-flashback-literally-awful/ about another Etsy seller who didn’t read the book she based her item off of.
Awww, this cat makes me feel better!
Yep. Needed this.
Me, too. Seriously, this makes me feel so much better that I scrolled down and am keeping the screen on this photo while I finish work. I wish I had a cat to cuddle right now.
Considering today’s political events…oh forget it. I need alcohol.
I’m so depressed by this, especially the ‘farter/father’ card that sold. I’m also proud that Regretsians can mock the shit out of terrible crafts, yet they also understand when something is just straight-up uncouth/repulsive. Like these cards. This seller’s entire line of cards offends me as a human being and I doubt the Kupkake Faktory at Etsy is going to do ANYTHING about it despite that. DON’T CALL OUT A SELLER FOR DISRESPECTING THE MEMORY OF A JEWISH GIRL KILLED IN THE HOLOCAUST, THAT’S DISRESPECTFUL.
Maybe Etsy’s NO CALLING OUT rule is actually inspired by Anne Frank. I can see it in their offices, the words “no calling out” stenciled onto a page from her diary. Perfect!
And honestly that joke is about where I draw the line personally. It’s shocking to see that some people draw it so so so so so much farther away. I think that shock is what this thread is really about.
This seller transcends moronic, punches through the smog of bad taste and sets up housekeeping in the guts of insult.
I cringe at the thought of decent vintage books being ripped apart to make crappy cards. :-S It’s like when your grandma cuts up your original school photographs for “scrap-booking” and you don’t have the negatives anymore!
Bad enough Etsy sellers with collections of books with hardcovers all the same color (for that coordinating decor) or “secret hideaway” books, where the pages are carved out and the exposed sides glued so you can safely stash your cash and jewelry where no one would think to look.
No, the worst has to be a project (online and not Etsy) where you take about 3 dozen hardcover books and tear off the covers (throw away the pages…or repurpose into inappropriate greeting cards). Then arrange them decoratively with edges touching (think “cubist”, but don’t think too hard), depending on their color or paint them to suit. And to create what? A headboard for a bed.
Sadly, I’m not kidding.
The only project that would be appropriate with books is if you are working with “strips” anyway – mass market paperbacks that can’t be sold because the bookstores have to tear off the covers at the end of the run, and the covers (with the barcodes) were sent back. We sent such books out for recycling, but you could also take strips home to read since they couldn’t be sold.
Good point! We have advance readers’ copies without bar codes and we end up recyling the extra copies. (I’m happy to see people at our Dumpsters loading up with those copies.)
Oh, if only you could rewrite life by stopping the story before it ends and slapping “and they lived happily ever after” on it.
Anyone recall the episode of ‘The Simpsons’, where Marge protects Lisa from finding out what happens to Joan of Arc by tearing the page out of the book, eating it, and then telling the kids that Sir Lancelot rode up on a white horse, rescued Joan, and they got married and lived happily ever after?
Don’t forget her festive series of Hanukkah cards, lovingly handcrafted from pages of “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” And if you’re looking for that perfect Kwanzaa gift to say “I care”, what better than a Kwanzaa card printed on original script pages from “Birth of a Nation?”
I wonder if part of Auschwitz can be rented for the reception?
They can decorate with helium balloons for atmosphere and to bring back those romantic memories.
Nothing says have a happy life together like a passage from a book about a girl who’s killed by Nazis that features a city burning to the ground after a German Blitzkreig.
And here I was thinking that the wedding I attended where the Bride’s *FRIEND* sang Saving All My Love for You, by Whitney Houston to the ‘happy’ couple was tacky…
This… this is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO beyond tacky!
Gobsmacked. Yup, that sums it up nicely. I’m truly gobsmacked.
Ooh Ooh! Can I get my baby announcements on a page from Brave New World please?
OMFG! This is on a page from Diary of a Young Girl, too! Now I don’t know which is more offensive!
Actually, these are too. ALL of her stupid cards are on Anne Frank pages!
There’s one that says I love you, and one that says fly me to the moon, too. ALL on Diary of a Young Girl pages. Talk about your unfortunate contextual mishaps…
and don’t forget the words olive juice stenciled onto a set of 8 gift tags…with Anne Frank pages as background…
Not yet figured the why out on those…
…and I do understand that mouthing the words “olive juice” looks like “I love you..” … but.. um…. somehow….
…and I know the lip sync-ing thing about Olive Juice and I love you…just doesn’t make sense this way, but then none of this does… (sorry if this is a double post, the first one seems to have vanished into space).
There’s no mishap – she allegedly studied the book in literary “college” and thought it was such a grand “love story” that it was great for a marriage card. Even one that says “happily ever after”. And for “funny” cards like the spurs and farter/father jokes. For some unknown idiotic reason.
Why would she use the book for funny cards?! What the fuck?! I’m really offended right now. Obviously, she NEVER studied this book because using it as a ‘love story’ is a slap in the face. A complete and utter disregard to what the subject matter really deals with! These are the kind of people who decide that the Holocaust “was a really long time ago and we shouldn’t really care about it anymore because what does it have to do with society now?” And let me be the first in line to curb stomp any of the bitches who think that the Holocaust is something we should A. laugh at B. find romantic C. forget about
yeah pretty much counters her explanation eh?
She has an explanation? Point me to its general direction.
The greatest attempt to use multipurpose EVER!!!
Not only is this one contextually repugnant…it’s fucking meaningless.
What difference does it make if you are wearing spurs or not if its the boots that get covered in shit?
I hate these. I truly do.
I thought it was because you might spur yourself in the behind if you squat with them on.
Thats it. I’m opening a shop and stenciling wedding invites on old book pages torn from the V.C. Andrews classic Flowers in the attic. Nothing says I love you like incest.
*I would like to add that this seller is fucking moronical*
Oh, that is a great idea. I was thinking more along the the lines of “Push” ( made into the movie Precious) Wedding invites.
See i think the Push Line would be EXCELLENT for Mother’s Day, or children’s birthday cards.
But nothing beats “Happy Mother’s Day” stenciled on pages torn from “Mommy Dearest”.
You know at first glance I found this kind of hilarious, but the more I think about it, the more it pisses me off.
Yes, Anne and Peter had a brief romantic relationship (though Anne herself questioned whether their feelings were real or merely a product of their confinement), but “…and they lived happily ever after” is a slap in the face to everything that Otto Frank hoped to convey by allowing his daughter’s diary to be published.
The Diary of Anne Frank is not without hope, but Anne and Peter didn’t live happily ever after. Anne, her mother, her sister, and Peter van Pels died and were buried in mass graves only weeks (and in Peter’s case, days) before their camps were liberated by Allied forces. This isn’t a fairy tale. These were real people, and they died real, horrible, gruesome deaths, and it happened because human beings are capable of unthinkable evil. And if we forget, even for a minute, the reality of this, it could happen again.
What Obama said.
This is so perfect for my Nazi themed wedding!
Hitler in Springtime in Germany wedding themes are too mainstream. I prefer mine in underground bunkers.
We were thinking more along the lines of Auschwitz in Winter.
…and instead of removing your garter after the ceremony and throwing it to the waiting bachelors, your new spouse could remove your armband!
Yah, I don’t think any story that ends with a family getting shipped off to a concentration camp could ever constitute happily ever after:-/
Um, her other stenciled pages are also from Anne Frank.
Like the “fly me to the moon” one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/73001357/fly-me-to-the-moon-stenciled-on-yellowed
It doesn’t say it’s Anne Frank, but the writing on the book page mentions Jews, peeping through windows and Margot, who if I recall, was her older sister (I think…?)…
I guess Anne Frank would have preferred to be on the moon, instead of the attic…
I would say maybe report this to Etsy – but I’m sure those tarts would consider that to be “calling out.”
Etsy: crafting one swastika one thread at a time.
Why hasn’t she pulled them?
Maybe she’s ginormously clueless?
Well she can’t be ginormously clueless; she even expressed how deeply sorry she is further up in this thread. I mean, can’t you tell how sorry she is? By the fact that they’re all still up?
I think that post was made by a troll and not the real mainecoastengraving.
And the card sold, meaning she’ll go off and make more insensitive cards out of other pages… I wonder if she even realized how terrible this makes her look?
You know what, I used to think you were funny. Now I realize what a mean-spirited bitch you are. Who are you to judge other people’s expressions? Stop being all high and mighty, you fucking bitch. This site is such fucking bullshit.
Oh BRING it, flouncetard!
You’ve won your 15 minutes of fame, congrats.
I think it’s funny how people think regretsy is mean XD
As someone who sells stuff on Etsy, I haven’t found one regretsy entry that wasn’t genuinely humoring and made me laugh. In todays society, anything that can make me smile is appreciated! If I ever had something picked apart by a site like regretsy, I’d probably laugh at the joke too.
Y’know what, this is not the post to get all high and mighty on. Please tell me what world you live in where it’s a good idea to print “And They Lived Happily Ever After” on a page of “The Diary of Anne Frank”.
Regretsy is our form of expression. Who are you to judge what we write, you fucking bitch? See, bullshit arguments cut both ways.
You’ve GOT to be shitting me. See, I think this is far more likely to be the seller than the person above who expressed regret.
Pduron you’re a fucking maroon. This is the most classless thing I’ve ever seen here – and I’ve read the whole site back to front. So as someone above said, that includes the vulva art. Yeah, Anne Frank was a great love story with a…hurk…happy ending. Get the fuck real.
HOLY MONKEY BALLS. I just finished reading the M.O.P. and came back to read through the new additions to this post … THIS IS THE POST WITH THE COMPLAINT ABOUT MEANNESS? I thought it must have been from one of the earlier posts where the product was only offensive in its poor quality. The seller’s defense of the product is bad enough but at least the seller’s defense seems to spring from a fundamental failure in reading comprehension. Sad, but the world is full of stupid people and I don’t think the seller is malicious, just simple.
This turd sniffer grasps why people find the card tasteless/offensive and still defends it.
Who do I think I am to judge other people’s expressions? I am a thinking human being. Ideas have consequences. The seller put her work, her “expression” out into the world. People are reacting to it. Reactions, good and bad, are a result of putting your ideas, good and bad, out into the world.
Go put your private parts in your amphibian. (I get a cookie!)
As a person of German-Jewish decent, I can say this is one of the few things that has caused me to law out loud on the internet recently.
What you don’t see are the matching reception invites on a page of “Mein Kampf.”
I’d love to see the wedding favors at the tables.
I’ve heard she’s making a series of Get Well Soon cards from the left over pages near the end.
In the words of the horse on Ren and Stimpy, “No sir. I don’t like it”!
The bunnies do not approve either.
A big kiss to anyone who can think of a book that’s WORSE than this for one for such a purpose.
@zombee: The Koran would be worse… Not necessarily for the impropriety, but for the risk of violent death…
Slaughter House 5?
I am genuinely shocked and horrified. This may be the most tasteless thing I’ve ever seen.
MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYBE this n00b hasn’t actually READ the book, but knew that it was “a classic” and thought that it was like a Jane Austen chick flick or something..?
I never thought I’d be hoping that someone was illiterate, but that’s honestly the least disturbing possibility here…
Okay, never mind, I just read those quotes at the top, and she did read the book… Is it wrong that I’m kind of hoping for the May 21st crowd to be right, now? ;_;
Oh, that reminds me! I’ve got to finish tearing out pages from Fight Club to make invitations to my niece’s third birthday party.
I guess she already ran through her yellowed copies of The Heart of Darkness and American Psycho.
Let’s face it, even if she DID put this on a page from a more appropriate piece of literature, it’s still crappy stenciling.
Her whole shop just disappeared. Guess she deleted it.
“How moronic” is all I can say about this listing. =_______=