I’m always interested in popular culture’s portrayal of nuns, which often bends to the cheapest stereotypes of grumpy, wrinkly, ruler-wielding disciplinarians (none of whom I’ve ever met), so I couldn’t help but pause and review this American Greetings birthday card on my way to the grocery store check-out.
From the “Inventions” line of American Greetings, the musical card features a rapping, habit-wearing nun named Sister Mary Margaret Mayhem, whose birthday rap goes:
I hear it’s your birthday.
That’s the word in the ‘hood.
You might want to celebrate, but you better be good.
I’d tell you want not to do, but where would I begin?
Just assume that if it’s FUN it’s a SIN!
Oh, yeah…word to your mother…superior!
What do you make of this card? Do you find it amusing or offensive?
If you’d like to express your discontent, you can contact American Greetings at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-777-4891. And while you’re at it, why not offer an idea for a positive angle on Catholicism? You can do that here.
Hats off to The New York Times Magazine for presenting a much more honest picture of religious life earlier this year by bringing us Sister Mary Kate, who is now joined by the vivacious former CatholicMatch member Meris. Quite a contrast between these beautiful, wrinkle-free young women and Sister Mary Margaret Mayhem, huh?