🎯 Bullseye or Blunder? Target’s PRIDE Tangle Unravels the Glittery Facade of ‘Rainbow Capitalism’ πŸŒˆπŸ’Έ

TL;DR; πŸ’β€β™€οΈ: Target pulls LGBTQ-themed merchandise from its stores following customer backlash, sparking conversations about ‘Rainbow Capitalism’. Erik Carnell, the transgender designer of the withdrawn products, calls out companies for ditching their support for the LGBTQ+ community when it becomes inconvenient.🌈❌

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Welcome to the newest plot twist in the saga of corporate allyship – or perhaps more aptly, the lack thereof. U.S. retailer juggernaut Target🎯 took a hit to their PRIDE celebrations this year when they decided to pull some LGBTQ-themed merchandise after customer backlash. This, my friends, has turned into quite the retail rumble. 😱

But this isn’t just about a retail giant getting cold feet. πŸ₯Ά It’s about a phenomenon we’re going to call ‘Rainbow Capitalism.’ What’s that, you ask? πŸ€” It’s when big corporations color their logos in rainbows during PRIDE month, launch inclusive campaigns, and then retreat into the shadows when the going gets tough. Or in other words, when they find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow but bolt when the leprechauns get rowdy.πŸŒˆπŸ’°

Erik Carnell, a transgender designer whose products were given the old heave-ho by Target, had a bone to pick with this practice. His designs were accused of being “Satanic” (talk about being burned at the metaphorical stake!) and were allegedly marketed to kids. One big misstep in the PRIDE parade, it seems. πŸ‘ΉπŸšΈ

If you’re picturing products being tossed onto the floor and employees bracing for impact, you’re not too far off the mark. Carnell sees this as a dangerous precedent. “If you’re going to take a stance and say that you care about the LGBT community, you need to stand by that regardless.” And you know what? He might have a point. πŸŽ―πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

But wait, there’s more. This isn’t just about Target. Department store chain Kohl’s Corp is also under fire for selling bibs and bodysuits for babies that feature the PRIDE flag and slogans supporting the LGBTQ community. What’s next? Rainbow diapers?πŸŒˆπŸ‘Ά

Carnell has received hate messages and even death threats over the past week. His only defense? His own PRIDE and the support from Etsy and Threadless, companies that offered a helping hand amidst the storm.β˜ οΈπŸ’”

It seems Carnell’s main beef isn’t with the homophobes sending him threats but with the businesses that purport to support his community only to retreat when challenged. “It’s a very dangerous precedent to set, that if people just get riled up enough about the products that you’re selling, you can completely distance yourself from the LGBT community when and if it’s convenient,” he said. The glittering facade of ‘rainbow capitalism’ seems to be cracking, revealing a less-than-colorful truth.πŸŒˆπŸ’”

So, here’s a question to chew on: Do companies have a responsibility to weather the storm and support their purported values, even in the face of controversy and potential profit loss? πŸŒͺοΈπŸ’Έ

At the end of the day, it seems that what really matters