A photographer from central Indiana is now defending a photo he created with the popular theme from the movie “A Christmas Story.” Some have criticized the photo as inappropriate.
In the photo, a newborn dressed up as the main character Ralphie, is seen holding a replica of the BB gun that plays a pivotal role in the holiday film set in a fictional Hoosier town called Hohman.
Amy Haehl of Coffee Creek Studio said she has wanted to create a photo based on the film for years and she was excited to share something positive “in contrast to all of the negativity out there.”
Haehl says she knew she was taking the chance that someone would be offended by the photo and she took that into consideration.
“So, of course this photo couldn’t be perfect without representing the Red Ryder BB gun,” wrote Haehl in a statement. “I searched and searched for one that would be small/newborn-sized and obviously not a real gun to avoid controversy.”
Just as she expected, the photo became controversial and gained traction online, some people shared their concerns.
“Will now unfollow you. Who the hell would take a picture of a baby and a gun just for money. Such a waste since you are so talented. Think hard about your lack of principles,” someone commented.
In response to the criticism, Haehl said “this photo is in no way meant to encourage gun violence or offend anyone who has been affected by gun violence.”
Further into her statement, Haehl said the intention of the photo was to bring a smile to people’s faces and remind them of a time when life was more simple and people were more focused on the important things in life.
“This photo is not about a baby posed with a ‘gun’… it is about love, tradition, family, and happiness,” wrote Haehl. “This movie has encouraged smiles, laughter, and happiness for 35 years.”