FATHERS have called for birthday cards that stereotype them as lazy, useless drunks to be classified as hate speech.
After decades of being abused on an annual basis, dads want to be given cards that celebrate them as rounded individuals rather than generic flatulent alcoholics.
Father-of-two Martin Bishop said: “Imagine if you claimed any other group in society was exclusively made up of heavy drinkers who fart all the time and can’t stay awake past the first five minutes of a film. Social justice warriors would be all over you on social media, and rightly so.
“But put that same view on a birthday card under the word ‘Dad’, with an ironically repurposed vintage photo or a naive cartoon and somehow it’s hilarious, rather than hateful.
“And it’s not just the kids. My wife routinely gives me ‘joke’ cards that suggest I’m a crap husband who’s bad in bed and can’t put a shelf up to save my life. Where does it end?
“I’m starting an online petition against this hate speech. Other dads I know agree with me and will sign it if I send them the link. Which I will do as soon as I’ve watched the football on the telly.”