Target’s Gag Christmas Sweater Is Causing More Jeer Than Cheer

What's Hot


How to Cut the Cable TV Cord in 2017Family

8 Major Freebies and Discounts You Get With Amazon PrimeSave

8 Creative Ways to Clear ClutterAround The House

Study: People Who Curse Are More HonestFamily

This Free Software Brings Old Laptops Back to LifeMore

Pay $2 and Get Unlimited Wendy’s Frosty Treats in 2017Family

The 3 Golden Rules of Lending to Friends and FamilyBorrow

6 Reasons Why Savers Are Sexier Than SpendersCredit & Debt

Resolutions 2017: Save More Money Using 5 Simple TricksCredit & Debt

Porta-Potties for Presidential Inauguration Cause a StinkFamily

Protecting Trump Will Cost Taxpayers $35 MillionFamily

7 New Year’s Resolutions to Make With Your KidsFamily

5 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Pay Off 10 Years From NowCollege

10 Tasty Alcohol-Free Drinks That Adults Will LoveFamily

10 Simple Money Moves to Make Before the New YearFamily

Could Your Pet Benefit From Marijuana-Laced Treats?Family

Some consumers say the retail giant is trivializing mental illness with its OCD pun. Find out how Target has responded to the backlash.

One of Target’s new Christmas sweaters, which is being marketed as an “ugly Christmas sweater,” is proof that puns aren’t always funny, at least not to everyone.

Some consumers have accused the retail giant of minimizing mental illness by selling a red sweater that uses the letters OCD for “Obsessive Christmas Disorder” instead of obsessive-compulsive disorder, a mental illness that afflicts millions of people in the United States, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Kate Gannon wrote on Twitter: “Hey @Target this sweater isn’t cute or funny. OCD is a serious mental illness that shouldn’t be mocked.”

[email protected] as someone with OCD I’d really appreciate it if you didn’t sell my illness as a fashion statement,” wrote Reign Murphy on Twitter.

The backlash Target is facing may bring to mind the uproar in some circles against Starbucks’ red holiday cup. But the situations couldn’t be more different.

In fact, if you think people are overreacting to Target’s sweater, understanding the nature of OCD may make you change your mind.

OCD is a “potentially disabling illness that traps people in endless cycles of repetitive thoughts and behaviors,” according to WebMD. Roughly 2.2 million American adults suffer from OCD. More than a quarter (27 percent) of OCD sufferers attempt suicide.

“[When] understanding the severity of OCD as mental illness, one might better understand the distaste that sufferers and significant others in their lives might have for this particular sweater,” Antoinette D’Orazio, a psychotherapist specializing in treating OCD, said in an interview with Today.

Despite the criticism from shoppers, the sweater in question is still being sold online and in some Target stores. The retailer said it doesn’t plan on pulling the sweater from its stores.

“We never want to disappoint our guests and we apologize for any discomfort. We currently do not have plans to remove this sweater,” said a Target spokesperson in an email to Time.

Target didn’t invent the OCD Christmas pun, nor is the retailer alone in selling “Obsessive Christmas Disorder” merchandise. Time said Cracker Barrel is also facing public ire for some of the OCD Christmas items it sells in its store.

What do you think of the backlash Target is getting for its OCD sweaters? Share your comments below or on our Facebook page.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!

💰🗣📰

Read Next: Attention Early Birds, Target to Open on Thanksgiving

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 1,891 more deals!