BAN TARGET: It’s Gotta Offend Somebody Somewhere

Written by Andrew Allen on August 1, 2015

Why don’t we just ban Target, the retailer? Doesn’t it’s very name perpetuate violence — especially of the gun variety.

Of course it would be ridiculous to ban Target just because it’s called Target. But we now live in the age of knee-jerk absurdism, a time in which any and every possible insult to one’s point of view requires an on-line petition to demand that something be stricken from public view.

Got a gripe with a logo, a title, a song, a flag, a name, etc? Go on-line and demand that it be removed because you have decreed that no one else should be permitted to see the thing you find so offensive.

The latest thing to cause such a ruckus are some shirts the retailer Target is selling. They say things like “Bride” and “Trophy” on them. Someone who is evidently more knowledgeable than the rest of all humankind decided the shirts promote “rape culture” and thus must be banned. So there’s an on-line petition this genius created so that others may join in the 21st century’s equivalent of a book burning.

What a shame it would be if Americans were left to their own devices, and were allowed to shop at a retailer and cast their vote on shirts with their dollars.

And, while it’s silly to suggest that the name Target be stricken from stores just wait.

In time, someone will seriously propose removing the retailer’s name.


Andrew Allen
Andrew Allen (@aandrewallen) grew up in the American southeast and for more than two decades has worked as an information technoloigies professional in various locations around the globe. A former far-left activist, Allen became a conservative in the late 1990s following a lengthy period spent questioning his own worldview. When not working IT-related issues or traveling, Andrew Allen spends his time discovering new ways to bring the pain by exposing the idiocy of liberals and their ideology.