Is there a Bud Light effect to be feared by major outlets? According to Target, there is indeed. This week, the nation’s seventh largest retailer notified stores to downplay and relocate merchandise displays for Pride Month, which begins June 1, away from the entrances and into more obscure aisles of the building because of “Bud Lighting.”
Target released a statement blaming their decision on hate-inspired violence:
“Since introducing this year’s collection, we’ve experienced threats impacting our team members’ sense of safety and well-being 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.”
What Is This Bud Lighting?
Since Anheuser-Busch hired social influencer and trans-activist Dylan Mulvaney to push the Bud Light brand into new consumers’ hands, the beer giant has lost millions. They fired the genius who apparently never set foot in a rural honky-tonk or met a farmer, rancher, wildcatter, or factory worker and went the woke route. The stain of being “too fratty” was sure to be erased. Now, just weeks later, Bud Light is frantically mending fences, releasing testosterone-driven ads, and avoiding anything that might look LGBTQ in nature – especially the T part.
Now other consumers have picked up on the power of making noise and boycotting products. It’s called Bud Lighting: a simple strategy to level the playing field of rainbow capitalism. Adidas’ gender-inclusive swimwear and a North Face marketing campaign featuring Pattie Gonia (a drag queen environmentalist) have felt the heat in declining sales. Neither has so far thrown up the white flag like Target, though – a move other certified LGBTQ+ inclusive companies find concerning.
Consumer psychologist and Widener University professor Ross Steinman weighed in: “It’s hard to dispute that decision from a public safety perspective, but from a branding perspective, it has the potential to be quite damaging.” Steinman continued:
“We will see more of the same if a brand like Target does not put its hands up and say: Enough. They are a major player, and other brands look to them for their response.”
Customer complaints have been piling up at Target’s Minneapolis headquarters over items directed at children, like rainbows inserted into Star Wars and Mine Craft tee-shirts, beverage holders, and the like. But also, parents aren’t into the displays of “tuck-friendly” women’s swimsuits designed to cover a biological male’s private parts that aren’t meant for children to see. Of course, no conservative parent wants to explain that get-up to their kid.
Compounding what some people call children’s grooming merchandise, Target also features a line of LGBTQ+ from Abprallen, a London-based designer that sells occult- and satanic-themed LGBTQ+ clothing and accessories. For those pondering the name, Abprallen, it is the German word for “ricochet.” One of its top sellers is this catchy phrase emblazoned on several items: “Satan Respects Pronouns.” Well, of course, he does. But it’s all a bit too much for most American consumers.
A Fevered Political Pitch
The conservative backlash isn’t against the LGBTQ community. The concern is the transitioning of minor children who, at tender ages, have no understanding of the permanence of gender redefining surgery and the lifelong taking of hormone replacement pharmaceuticals. Comic host Bill Maher even joked about how inane it would be to encourage this in parents:
“Kids are fluid about everything. If they know at age eight what they wanted to be, the world would be filled with cowboys and princesses. I wanted to be a pirate. Thank God no one scheduled me for eye removal and peg leg surgery.”
Alarm such as Maher’s has prompted legislation against gender reassignment in children across the US. The American Civil Liberties Union is tracking what it terms anti-LGBTQ legislation. By their count, there have been 491 such bills at the time of publication.
Bud Lighting: Message or Manipulation?
Target is a trailblazer in corporate America regarding inclusivity to all – especially LGBTQ+ patrons. The retailer took heat for opening public restrooms to trans employees and customers that correspond to gender identity. They’ve added the policy now to include fitting rooms. The generous corporate inclusivity prompted Starbucks, Saks, and Barnes & Noble to follow suit.
Target says it wants to protect employees from hate hence the hidey-hidey of Pride displays. But is that really the reason behind the move outraging some the LGBTQ+ community, or is it what Bud Light found out the hard way: Not everyone buys into this lifestyle. Since the transgender controversy with the brand began, Anheuser-Busch has lost a staggering $15.7 billion in value. Finally, American businesses are rediscovering that cash is king and woke is broke.
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