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Rude card rant

‘If the Mail don’t have a go at me at least once a year I get worried’ says Dean

THE obligatory rant about rude cards and pop at Dean Morris and Scribbler in particular has surfaced again in the Daily Mail.

But Dean’s not too worried about the story that appeared in yesterday’s edition and online – because it’s fantastic publicity for him as the Mail’s website traffic figures boast 27.65MILLION worldwide views of all their articles across the world today alone, while their print circulation is 1.7m copies daily – with each copy generally accepted to be read by at least three people.
The piece focuses on “obscene cards that sully the message of Christmas: sexual, profane and anti-Christian messages on display to children” with comments from Christian organisations.
And the report states: “The main offender is the stationery chain Scribbler which stocks the explicit cards in full view of children.
“Shoppers using the firm’s website also offered a range of the festive cards carrying four-letter expletives and images of sex acts.”
While they don’t mention any specific publishers, the images used – with the rude words blacked out – are mainly Dean’s cards with some Whale & Bird also clear and follow a number of previous articles including one complaining about his Valentine’s designs on sale at Scribbler.
Dean posted the Christmas images to his 18,411 followers on his company Facebook page with the comment: “Oh here we go again, the annual bit of tired reporting from the Daily Mail. Marvellous, all three of these are mine.”
Known for his regular selfies and social media activity Dean, pictured in a Christmas hat from Facebook today, told Greetings Today: “I posted it with a link to the article and it was easily the most commented-on post of the year, which is great.
“I think it’s fabulous – I’m like those politicians from the 80s, if they weren’t on Spitting Image they were secretly disappointed so if the Mail don’t have a go at me at least once a year I get worried.”
John Proctor, who owns the 29-store Scribbler chain, defended the card displays, saying they appealed to younger adult customers, and they are displayed on higher shelves.
He told the Mail: “There should be humour in religion. I know our local vicar finds a lot of the cards that we sell are amusing. I don’t think the fact that someone has a particular religious inclination, feeling or faith should preclude humour.”
Asked if he would treat the Muslim faith and its icons in the same way, John added: “No we wouldn’t. I would feel there is less humour in those religions. I wouldn’t even go there. I have no understanding of that faith and feel I’m stepping completely out of my comfort zone. That would be a really silly thing to be doing.”

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