Feb. 29, 2012 at 11:34 AM ET
With Whitney Houston’s passing not even a month in the past, Target stores have quickly pulled an offensive greeting card mocking the pop singer from the shelves.
The card, poking fun at Houston’s troubled relationship with former husband Bobby Brown, was sold in the national chain's stores before the singer’s death on Feb. 11.
The text of the greeting reads, "Next time you think of dating the bad boy….consider Whitney Houston. That's all I'm going to say.”
A Target rep tells TMZ, “The card was in our stores prior to Ms. Houston’s death. As soon as this was brought to our attention, we began the process of removing the card from all applicable stores."
Houston’s 15-year marriage to Brown ended in 2007, and his tumultuous relationship with the singer was recently brought back into the public eye in light of her tragic death. The pop star’s family reportedly was hesitant to even include Brown in her funeral services, and after briefly attending her funeral, he left abruptly.
The card's text has infuriated Houston’s fans, even if it wasn't created after her death.
Tamara Rasberry tweets, “That was unacceptable even if she hadn't died.”
Adds MerDur on Clutch Magazine’s site, “Seriously? Out of all the women that dated “bad boys” they picked her? C’mon, man! Whether she was dead or alive, it wasn’t appropriate.”
Houston was found dead in her hotel bathroom on Feb. 11. The cause of death is still unknown after authorities removed several bottles of prescription medication from her suite. While police have said they did not believe there was foul play involved, sources tell the L.A. Times the investigation is still ongoing, as those involved await the results of toxicology tests and ongoing interviews.
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