By Ray Rahman
Updated March 01, 2012 at 02:07 PM EST
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How soon is too soon?

It can be hard to tell sometimes when the joke came before the soon. Such is the case with a Whitney Houston-themed greeting card carried by Target before the diva’s Feb. 11 death and still on shelves that read:

“Next time you think of dating the bad boy, consider Whitney Houston. That’s all I’m going to say.”

The card has since been removed from Target’s shelves, the retail giant announced. The company also released a statement, saying:

“It is never our intent to offend guests with the products we offer, and we take feedback from guests very seriously. The card was in our stores prior to Ms. Houston’s death. As soon as this was brought to our attention, we began the process of removing the card from all applicable stores.”

But by no longer carrying the fairly distasteful, barely humorous card, Target has actually rocketed the item’s value, indirectly creating a rare new slice of Whitney Houston memorabilia. It shouldn’t be long ’til the card shows up on eBay.

What do you think, reader? Is the card just crass enough to be pulled from Target’s shelves now, or so crass that it should never had made it into the store in the first place? Let us know where Target falls on the bullseye.

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