Emboldened in part by the Bud Light backlash that turned Anheuser-Busch into cans of Kryptonite, prominent culture warriors have now fixed their sights on the retail chain. It is no secret the homosexual-supporting corporation excitedly fills its shelves for “Pride Month” every year but Target is now selling LGBT-themed merchandise marketed for children, such as baby bibs and onesies for newborn babies.
It is also selling “tuck-friendly” women’s swimsuits (pictured below) for transgenders.
Even worse, much of the LGBT-themed merchandise at Target comes from UK-based fashion designer named Erik Carnell. She is a self-described “gay trans man” – whatever that means – who uses Satanic imagery in her artwork and even speaks fondly of Satan himself.
“Satanists don’t actually believe in Satan, he is merely used as a symbol of passion, pride, and liberty,” Carnell, facing backlash for her designs, explained in an online post. “He means to you what you need him to mean. So for me, Satan is hope, compassion, equality, and love.”
Merchandise designed by Carnell (pictured below) depicts occultic symbol Baphomet, with the message “Satan Respects Pronouns,” and is sold on Carnell’s website. A second product designed by Carnell and sold by her company Abprallen features a guillotine that is jokingly called a “Homophobe Headrest.”
Carnell’s company’s is named Abprallen, the German word for “ricochet.”
Those products are not being sold at Target but the company’s partnership with Carnell and Abprallen, along with other controversial merchandise, is creating a PR nightmare for the company. The panic inside Target’s executive offices was first reported by Fox News which credited a Target insider for describing an “emergency” meeting that was held late last week. In that meeting, district managers in rural states were instructed to move the controversial LGBT merchandise to the rear of stores in order to quiet complaints.
After it was outed by one of its employees, Target confirmed it was adjusting its merchandise but blamed "threats" from the public - and not its politicized business decisions - for forcing it to take action in some of its stores.
“Given these volatile circumstances," Target said in a statement, "we are making adjustments to our plans and removing items that have been at the center of the most confrontational behavior."
‘Demonic’ focus on children
In a radio interview about targeting Target, conservative activist Heidi St. John told the “Washington Watch” program the corporation’s emphasis on transgenderism is “demonic at its core,” because it is aimed at innocent children.
“They are literally going after our children,” she said. “We’re talking about infants, about school-age children, and they’re promoting an ideology that is both damaging and wicked on its face.”
St. John is the founder of MomStrong International, a ministry that helps mothers seek a biblical response to the rapidly-changing culture surrounding their families. So a boycott of Target stores, she said, is a battle worth waging.
“It’s time for the American consumer who hates this stuff, and hates what Target is promoting, to start putting their money where their values are,” she urged. “Target’s not going to get the message unless we ‘Bud Light’ them.”
Others are calling for a boycott of Target, too. “Christian women: maybe you feel that an all-out Target boycott is infeasible,” Allie Beth Stuckey, the popular Blaze TV host, tweeted Monday. “But I encourage you to at least do it for the month of June. I promise it’s possible!!”
In a related call to action against Target, conservative author-commentator Matt Walsh is using social media and his Daily Wire show to urge the public – especially women – to cripple Target with a boycott of its stores.
“It’s up to conservative women to make the Target boycott work,” he tweeted Tuesday. “If you guys mobilize, you could crush Target. It’s up to you.”
Reacting to Walsh’s call to action, Daily Wire reporter Megan Basham retweeted Walsh’s post and urged women to refuse to shop at Target through the month of June. “Moms, we can do this for our kids,” she wrote.
It will probably take a huge hit, however, for Target to budge.
"Our focus now," the corporation said after the Fox News story broke, "is on moving forward with our continuing commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community and standing with them as we celebrate Pride Month and throughout the year."