A new stamp from the U.S. Postal Service featuring the Year of the Ox has come under fire for being “culturally inappropriate.” The stamp, the second in the agency’s Lunar New Year series, is scheduled for release in Chicago on Feb. 2.
Featuring an ox mask, the stamp was designed by art director Antonio Alcalá, with original art from artist Camille Chew. “Calling to mind the elaborately decorated masks used in the dragon or lion dances often performed during Lunar New Year parades, these three-dimensional masks are a contemporary take on the long tradition of paper-cut folk art crafts created during this auspicious time of year,” USPS said in a press release last month.
Weeks ahead of the stamp’s release, critics are pointing out multiple reasons why it’s “culturally inappropriate.” “What is this!? Insult to the Chinese zodiac’s Ox and the line across ‘forever’ suggests… Wrong on many levels,” wrote Twitter user Karlin Chan, who calls himself an independent “community advocate/activist.”