Five Target stores closed this past weekend following alleged bomb threats reportedly made by LGBT activists upset that the retail giant agreed to remove or change products and displays related to its ‘Pride Collection.’
Targets across five states were evacuated following bomb threats, though legacy media including the Washington Post inferred from its headline that the threat came from conservatives.
An email to a Louisiana Target location said, “You have betrayed the LGBTQ+ community. You are pathetic cowards who bowed to the wishes of far right extremists who want to exterminate us.”
“We will not tolerate intolerance nor indifference,” the email read. “If you are not with us then you are against us. That is why we placed a bomb in each of your locations, evacuate now as this is only to cause economic damage.”
Target has very few friends these days https://t.co/SvTL3hIwJJ
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 12, 2023
Furthermore, stores in New York, New Hampshire and Vermont each received email threats accusing the company of betraying LGBT causes.
Furthermore, in May a number of bomb threats targeted Target locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah, calling the company “full of cowards who turned their back on the LGBT community and decided to cater to the homophobic right wing redneck bigots.”
Target’s inclusion of a number of LGBT-themed products caused significant criticism from conservatives. In particular, the chain partnered with Abprallen, a Great Britain-based company that markets Satanist and occult-themed products.
Some merchandise sold by the company include taglines such as “heteronormativity is a plague” and a guillotine with the words “homophobe headrest.”
The company’s designer Eric Carnell is both a self-described transgender individual and a Satanist.
Carnell said that Satanists do not believe in the devil, but that Satan is “merely used as a symbol of passion, pride and liberty. He means to you what you need him to mean.”
For Carnell, this meant that “Satan is hope, compassion, equality and love.”
“So, naturally, Satan respects pronouns.He loves all LGBT+ people,” Carnell said.
The designer then described the devil as non-binary.