Controversial Peace on Earth Facebook photo breaks the internet


Christmas cards are a staple of anyone’s Christmas. Taking the family photo is usually a hassle most people are willing to endure. For one family the photo has sparked such an outrage Facebook has taken the action of removing it.

On Sunday, 13th December 2015, an American photographer called Hannah Hawkes, posted a series of recent family holiday photos to Facebook.

Numerous websites are reporting that the photo and even the page was removed on Facebook by Tuesday morning. However, as you can see below Hannah Hawkes Photography Facebook page is back up and so is the original image:


Finally, Peace on Earth!

Posted by Hannah Hawkes Photography on Sunday, 13 December 2015


As you can see the photo depicts a family of five posing for their Christmas cards. Unfortunately, the women have their mouths taped shut, the young son stands behind with his fists raised and the father holds a sign reading, “Peace on Earth.”

The photo summarises the adage of ‘women should be seen and not heard.’ However, darker connotations can be gleaned from an image depicting male domination of women. According to Refuge, 2 women are killed every week in England and Wales by a current or former partner and 1 in 4 women in England and Wales will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes.

Hannah Hawkes Photography posted an update on its Faccebook page explaining that she in no way intended to promote abuse.

After being silent, now isn’t that ironic, I would like to speak! I have been called every name in the book, and have…

Posted by Hannah Hawkes Photography on Monday, 14 December 2015