A Few Words About #BoycottTarget

Don’t you think this bathroom stuff’s done got out of hand? (with apologies to Waylon for appropriating his song title.)

As if things weren’t crazy enough with this bathroom business, America’s favorite holier-than-thou prigs, the American Family Association, weighed in on the issue with their #BoycottTarget campaign. On April 19, the country’s second largest retailer issued a press release stating, “…we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.” As my dad would’ve said, “Good on you, Target.’

But, that statement was more than the fine folks at the AFA could stand. As is their wont when they find something offensive, they put out a petition calling for a boycott of Target. Funny how some “Christians” get their knickers in a twist when others treat trans folks like, oh, I don’t know, human beings?

Even though their petition has garnered over a million signatures, I’m guessing it will be about as successful as their efforts to get certain shows taken off the air, like “Lucifer”, for instance. This show, one of their prime targets, is coming back for a second season. Boy, you guys really knocked that one out of the park!

But, that’s old news. What’s new is that the AFA’s efforts may not end with a mere boycott. In an interview with “Breitbart News Daily”, the AFA’s director of governmental affairs, Sandy Rios, seems to say that the group has sent men into Target restrooms to test the “barriers”:

“I think there’s no question that when you say that there are no barriers in the bathroom,” Rios said, “and that if men or women feel like they are men or women, the opposition of however they are equipped, and you have no restrictions, the net effect will be that people will not be stopped. We’ve already had people testing this, going into Targets and men trying to go into bathrooms. There is absolutely no barrier.” (from Right Wing Watch)

Let me get this straight: After being told repeatedly that men sneaking into women’s bathrooms for nefarious purposes just isn’t a thing, these knuckleheads decided to,,,. send men into women’s bathrooms for nefarious purposes? (discriminatory, not molest-ey ones) Why, that makes perfect sense!

Now, if I’m going to be fair, I have to point out that this premise is a bit thin. I mean, Rios says that “We’ve already had people testing this…”, but that doesn’t necessarily mean those people are part of the AFA. Or, that it’s actually happened; historically, Rios and the AFA have had a rather loose relationship with facts. While there’s not much I wouldn’t put past these people, I’d like to think even they would draw the line at something like this. That said, when it comes to attributing basic decency to folks, I have been wrong before.

Unfortunately, beloved, it doesn’t end there. Several “Christians” appear to have taken a page out of the Westborough Baptist Church playbook, going into Target stores to “evangelize” by telling people that God is a vindictive asshole who will destroy them for living the life they were created to live. Or, even for treating those people like, well…, people. Wow. I don’t know about you guys, but that’s a God I want to know more about. Mostly so I can stay the fuck away from Him.

But, things are getting tough for trans/homophobic assholes people who believe in “traditional values”.  If they’re going to be true to their convictions, they can’t even shop at Wal-Mart anymore.  You see, in 2011, the retail giant included people who are transgender in their anti-discrimination policy; which means they can use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. Well, that’s inconvenient.

Look, it you don’t like Target’s bathroom policy, that’s your prerogative. And, if you don’t want to shop there, that is also your right. Hell, if you want to associate yourself with a certified hate group, I won’t try to stop you. I wish you wouldn’t, but it is your privilege to do that. But, you really should stop claiming it’s all about safety, since we all know that’s bullshit. And, while you’re at it, could you stop calling yourself a Christian? Using women and children to hide your bigotry is cowardly, not Christ-like.