Target has come under fire for its controversial Pride collection, and the mainstream media has taken the opportunity to blame conservatives and misinformation.
In a recent announcement, Target said, “Given these volatile circumstances, we are making adjustments to our plan, including removing items that have been at the center of the most significant confrontational behavior.”
Target has removed the LGBTQ brand Abprallen from its stores and website. Abprallen’s store features satanic themes with messages like “Satan respects pronouns.”
The company is also reportedly reviewing its collection of “tuck-friendly” swimsuits, which allow men who have not had transgender surgery to conceal their nether regions while wearing women’s swimwear.
NBC News reported that these swimsuits have been “at the center of misinformation.”
Senior reporter at NBC News Ben Collins took to the cameras to explain.
“The misinformation here was that kids were being targeted with this stuff. They realize if they can threaten enough people, if they can scare enough people in real-life locations, that maybe support for the LGBTQ community will diminish among corporations,” Collins said.
GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis also went on NBC to discuss the matter.
“I think there’s this really small group who has an outsized voice at this moment in time, and it’s of hate, and it’s of discrimination, and it’s violent,” Ellis said.
Dave Rubin doesn’t see it the same way.
“Again, this is about kids. This stuff is always pushed in kids’ sections,” Rubin says.
“They literally had a satanic trans person as the lead designer of all this, and they were putting satanic messages that you could buy,” Rubin continues.
“Satanic messages for the children. Is that a problem?” he asks.