The Internet Is Outraged Over This Family's Sexist Christmas Photo

December 16th 2015

Laura Donovan

Hannah Hawkes Photography, a Louisiana-based studio, is causing a stir online after one of its family Christmas portraits went viral on social media. The photo, which was removed by Facebook, according to the Daily Dot, shows a little boy giving a thumbs up and a man holding up a "Peace on earth" sign beside two little girls and a woman with duct tape over their mouths:

Hannah Hawkes Photography cache

Mic and the Daily Dot reported that the Facebook page had been deleted as of Tuesday morning, but it appeared to be live again by the afternoon (ATTN: has reached out to Hawkes Photography for comment and will update this piece if the company responds). Facebook did, however, delete the photo in question, which received a lot of backlash from users.

Hawkes Photography didn't reveal any information about the people in the picture, but the company wrote in a Facebook update that nobody in the photo was harmed and that the family was merely trying to be humorous.


After being silent, now isn't that ironic, I would like to speak! I have been called every name in the book, and have...

Posted by Hannah Hawkes Photography on Monday, December 14, 2015


The image, however, got tons of flak for seeming insensitive to the pervasive problem of violence against women.

"The message is clear," wrote the Frisky's Kristin Clifford. "The women [in the photo] have had their mouths forcibly closed, and their hands tied. Finally, father and son know peace! No annoying women can be heard, and they can’t move either. Toss ‘em in a closet and you don’t even have to see them. Such bliss!"

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Many expressed discomfort with the photo on social media because it seemed insensitive to victims of domestic abuse in America, among other things. 


HANNAH HAWKES PHOTOGRAPHY: WILL NOT BE USING. Her featured photo on FB (since removed)...It was a "Christmas" photo of a...

Posted by Christine Ciana Calabrese on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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