I am surprised this has not shown up here yet, or at least if it did I missed it, although I’ve searched for it here, as I thought surely, someone would have covered this here. Couldn’t find it.
So, for those of you who have missed it, Target, in the wake of gay pride day, has withdrawn is gay pride products in southern states.
The new wave of backlash at the retail giant follows its announcement that because some people have been threatening store employees over the merchandise, Target is “removing items that have been at the center of the most significant confrontational behavior.”
What are these items? Well, they’re items geared to those trans gendering from male to female, and called “tuck friendly.” Meaning they offer coverage for those who have not transgendered completely from man to woman.
And also it must be noted, that in their eagerness to dismiss trans people, Target has pushed all its gay pride products from the front of the store to the back of the store.
Target’s reasoning here is that “some people have been threatening store employees over the merchandise.” And, that Target is “removing items that have been at the center of the most significant confrontational behavior.”
Well, a big middle finger to that shit. Last time I looked, If someone is threatening store employees, you freaking call security and escort the offender out. I mean, really?!?!? The answer to bullies is to give into them? Could I go into a Target tomorrow and bully store employees because I don’t like this decision? Yeah, I really doubt it.
I am disgusted that Target would willingly and knowingly offer up that they are “removing items that have been at the center of the most significant confrontational behavior.”
As if that “significant confrontational behavior” is worthy of such action. I mean, like Target had to do so because these bullies made so many good points? Or fucking what?!?!?! Hey Target, have the balls to tell us why you think these bullies and their feelings deserve so much attention from you.
What is really scary, is that Target has long been the more progressive answer to Wal-mart, on many levels. Although, believe me, I understand that every corp is all about making money. Still, there was a point in time when Target differentiated itself with a more progressive view point. So this to me is a harbinger of what is to come—the right wing is winning battles we CANNOT let them win.
And maybe that’s why Target disappoints and angers me more than Walmart ever could. In any case, I’m done with Target till they withdraw their position on this. AND not just because I don’t agree with them, but because holy shit, since when did threatening employees in a confrontational way equal OK then, hands up, we give in.
So yeah, as my headline here says, Target REALLY NEEDS TO HEAR FROM US. Because while we weren’t paying much attention, the right wing crazies have been scaring Target out of its endlessly hip and stylish tidy whities.
And if you think this is all about trans people, it is NOT. The right wing is concentrating on trans people right now, because they know better than to go out after gay people, at this point in time. But make no mistake about it, that too, is their ultimate goal. Remember,Target moved all its gay pride merchandise to the back of the store.
This is just one more thing that reminds me, a once history teacher, of Nazi Germany. And no, I don’t think this is hyperbolic at all And it scares me to death that it isn’t.
And again, TARGET REALLY NEEDS HEAR FROM US.