Retail giant Target began advertising gay pride products in early May including items for transgender women. Following intense pushback and billions of dollars in losses, the company has decided to remove some of the items from stores.
This comes as other businesses expand promotions and displays in association with the June Pride month. From an Adidas ad showcasing a biological man in a women’s swimsuit to Target’s items featuring slogans like “Live Laugh Lesbian” and “Cheers Queers”, and pride clothing for babies and children, the marketing of pride products abounds.
“People always say don’t push your agenda on people. Don’t push your beliefs on people – but this ain’t pushing your beliefs on people?” asked a TikTok user by the name of Defender of the Gospel. “They would say this is just for the adults. Baby clothes, kid’s clothes – this agenda is for everybody. Wakeup.”
Ex-gay Hollywood set and fashion designer Becket Cook, who is now a devout Christian, calls the widespread approval of LGBTQ ideology part of an overall activist strategy.
“Gay pride used to be one day a year and then it became a month and now basically it’s all year round,” Cook said during an interview with CBN News.
“For more than a decade, Target has offered an assortment of products aimed at celebrating Pride Month,” a company spokesperson told Fox News Digital. “Since introducing this year’s collection, we’ve experienced threats impacting our team members’ sense of safety and well-being while at work.
Given these volatile circumstances, we are making adjustments to our plans, including removing items that have been at the center of the most significant confrontational behavior. Our focus now 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.”
Adding fuel to the fire, the retailer’s Gay Pride collection has been linked to a controversial designer: Abprallen’s Erik Carnell, who is an outspoken Satanist whose brand features occult imagery and messages like “Satan respects pronouns” on brand apparel, Fox News Digital reported separately.
He is also known for aggressive messaging and phrases, including “Burn down the cis-tem,” which have been featured on the website along with one that says “homophobe headrest” with an image of a guillotine. Carnell explained in an Instagram post that Satan represents “passion, pride and liberty” and “loves all LGBT+ people.”