Daily Telegraph 30 MARCH 2018 • three:21PM
Customers of Halfords acquired an unwelcome seasonal shock of their inboxes on Friday, after a advertising and marketing email promoting DIY merchandise appeared to make mild of the demise of Christ.
The email’s topic line, which learn “Nail your projects this Easter”, was taken by many to be a pun on the Crucifixion of Jesus at Golgotha, marked by Christians in Good Friday companies round the nation.
One Twitter consumer described the email as “in very poor taste”, whereas one other requested if the firm would “be so blunt about Mohammed”.
#EasterWeekend #offendedbyhalfords @Halfords_uk “nail your projects this Easter”. This actually isn’t the proper factor to say this weekend. #Jesus . Any different weekend it might move by. #Outrageous
11:39 AM – Mar 29, 2018
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A spokeswoman for Halfords stated that the email had been despatched “in error” and that the reference to the crucifixion had been unintentional.
“We sent an email to our DIY database last week with an inappropriate title for Easter,” she stated.
“We did not intend to cause any offence, and would like to take the opportunity to apologise for any upset. As soon as we were made aware of the issue, we immediately stopped any further activity.”
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Canon Dr Chris Sugden, who writes for the Christian weblog Anglican Mainstream, stated it was “good that people spotted a problem with this rather crude piece of advertising”.
“But Halfords have apologised and Jesus’ death on Good Friday teaches us to forgive as we have been forgiven,” he stated.
“We can suggest as a fruit of their repentance they make a donation to a Christian charity.”
Rod Thomas, Bishop of Maidenhead, stated it was “a shame when people trivialise the greatest moment in history, in order to try and boost their sales.”
He additionally instructed that the growing prevalence of atheism in the UK could possibly be the trigger of selling blunders surrounding non secular celebrations.
“If it’s just a pure coincidence, then that’s all it is. But if it’s more than that, then it’s a shame. If people have not got a Christian mindset, and increasingly in our country that’s the case, then these things don’t occur to them,” he stated.