Hallmark on Thursday apologized for replacing “gay” with “fun” on a holiday ornament.

The greeting card giant at first defended altering the lyrics to Deck the Halls on a miniaturized version of a holiday sweater it began selling this week. The ornament replaces the word “gay” with “fun” in the phrase “Don we now our gay apparel!”

The change attracted controversy on social media, with some people stating that the decision was homophobic.

“Homophobic?” CNN anchor Carol Costello tweeted. “I say, yes you are.”

“The trend of wearing festively decorated Christmas sweaters to parties is all about fun, and this ornament is intended to play into that, so the planning team decided to say what we meant: 'fun,'” Hallmark said. “That's the spirit we intended and the spirit in which we hope ornament buyers will take it.”

On Thursday, Hallmark reversed course, insisting that the lyric change was not a political statement.

“We've been surprised at the wide range of reactions expressed about the change of lyrics on this ornament, and we're sorry to have caused so much concern,” the company said in a statement. “We never intend to offend or make political statements with our products and in hindsight, we realize we shouldn't have changed the lyrics on the ornament.”

A Hallmark spokeswoman told the AP that the company has no plans to stop selling the ornament.