Family's Christmas Card Draws Social Media Backlash

The photo has been attacked on Facebook by people who think it promotes violence against women.
1:20 | 12/17/15

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And now to Louisiana where one family is facing controversy for the holiday photo they posted online. ABC's Reena ninan has that story. Reporter: This morning a family's holiday photo causing controversy on the web. Comments pouring in from around the globe, one poster writing, the fact that you and your friends find this funny shows what a sick bunch you truly are. Another calling the image sick. I've actually received messages from people all the way from Germany. Reporter: You see the family of five posing between rows of Christmas trees and the mother and two young daughters with their mouths taped shut and hands bound by Christmas lights. The father holding a sign that says peace on Earth as their younger brother gives them a thumbs up. The picture going viral sparking outrage with many feeling the photo is sexist sending the message women should not speak. All the negative feedback was real disheartening. Reporter: The family and photographer saying it was always meant as a joke. Originally my idea. I found a photo like it on Pinterest and decided that, hey, let's do it. Reporter: The Johnson family standing by the photo. Take it for what it is. It's a family photo. If you like it, great. We love it. If not, scroll up half a second later you're not even going to see it anymore. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Reena ninan, ABC news, New York.

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