California Governor Gavin Newsom accused the CEO of Target of “selling out the LGBTQ+ community” after the retail giant pulled some gay- and trans-themed merchandise from its shelves amid a customer backlash.
The company had faced criticism after aggressively marketing items including transgender swimsuits in conjunction with Pride month. But in a replay of the backlash faced by Bud Light after the beer brand hatched a marketing deal with transgender-identifying influencer Dylan Mulvaney, customers reacted with disgust. That prompted the chain to first move Pride month displays to less prominent areas of some stores and then to pull some of the controversial merchandise altogether.
“CEO of Target Brian Cornell selling out the LGBTQ+ community to extremists is a real profile in courage,” Newsom tweeted. “This isn’t just
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