The following photo has gotten plenty of views on Imgur since it was uploaded to the photo-sharing website, more than 2.5 million views in two days as of this writing. But the “Ho! Ho! Ho!” t-shirt-wearing family of two daughters and their mom along with the dad sitting in a chair has also gained plenty of controversy along with the viral views on Imgur and Reddit. That’s because the dad wears a shirt that reads, “Chillin’ with my ho’s” as he sits in the chair in the middle of the women. The father’s shirt changes the meaning of the old-time Santa type of “Ho! Ho! Ho!” or sailor’s “Land ho!” to a whole different meaning of the word.
As reported by Yahoo, it was 19-year-old Rachel Yoshida who shared the “Ho! Ho! Ho!” family Christmas card, and according to her older sister Natalie Yoshida’s kinda NSFW Instagram account, the controversial pic was another person’s idea. Rachel shared it to Imgur on Tuesday, and that’s when the photo began to go viral online.
Natalie is 21, and — along with her sister — is gaining plenty of attention from folks who commented beneath the photo, wondering if the younger girls were real or mannequins. To one person who commented on Reddit that they weren’t sure if Rachel and Natalie were real or mannequins, Rachel quipped that they “are made of plastic.”
yoshedabomb My family’s xmas photo dis year. Disclaimer: this was my idea I want the credit bc it’s damn good 📷:@chelseaashe
On Reddit, Rachel is fielding questions and replying to some of the comments made thereon about the photo.
— CTV News (@CTVNews) December 17, 2015
Another version of the family wearing the “Ho! Ho! Ho!” and “Chillin’ with my ho’s” t-shirts can be seen on the Instagram account, with the women kneeling and the dad placing his hand on the mom’s head. BuzzFeed News reports that Natalie came up with the idea for the controversial Christmas photo months before Christmas arrived — but didn’t know if the Yoshida Family would go along with the gag.
As far as feedback for the photo, more than 1,700 comments have flowed in beneath the Yahoo article. Plenty of the comments on Imgur jokingly point to the dad’s short and ill-fitting pants. Others point to the poor usage of the word “ho” — either grammatically when it is pluralized or morally in relation to a dad calling his daughter a “ho.”
“Dude’s so calm in the middle of that invisible flood.”
“What does it say about me that I find the most bothersome thing here to be the unnecessary apostrophe?”
“As a new father, I can’t imagine a situation when I’d call her a ho. I suppose that changes over time. Or these people are f***** up.”
Natalie isn’t worried about all the negative feedback. Instead, she related how their friends in real life get the joke.
“All of our immediate friends understand our humor so they think it’s hilarious. Not one person who knows us in real life has ‘hated’. Everyone who is ‘hating’ is seeking offense in an obvious joke.”
With more than 6,000 Instagram followers, Natalie has a growing following. Rachel has more than 5,000 Instagram followers on her kushiedameow account, which also has a photo of the now viral pic.
“Chillin with my ho’s” Yoshida Family Christmas photo 2k15. I love my family.
Their mother Melanie can be seen in some of their Instagram photos, where nearly the whole family appears like they are into cosplay. Many people agree that the dad likely just went along with his daughter’s idea to appease her, seem cool, or because he doesn’t care about the “ho” verbiage.
“It was the idea of his daughter. He went with it because he has a sense of humor or simply doesn’t give a s***.”
[Image via instagram.com/yoshedabomb]