Kohl's is the latest retailer facing calls for a Target-style boycott as social media users highlighted the company's "Pride Month" clothing for children.
Among the items that Kohl's is selling are LGBT-related onesies for infants and a rainbow-colored tutu for children, according to its website. Some of the items, for example, included a "Love Is Love" banner, as well as towels, bibs, candles, shorts, and pillows with the slogan.
Some users posted other merchandise such as a "Baby Sonoma Community Pride Bodysuit set" designed for 3-month, 6-month, and 9-month-old children. One of the designs includes the rainbow flag that includes the transgender colors.
Meanwhile, the heavily followed Twitter account, "End Wokeness," made similar statements online, writing that "Kohl’s is pushing LGBTQ Pride for literal babies" and that it "looks like Kohl’s didn’t learn a thing from Bud Lite and Target."
Other Boycott UpdatesThe Kohl’s uproar comes nearly two months after conservatives began a boycott against Bud Light, after the beer brand appeared to invite transgender activist Dylan Mulvaney to promote the product on Instagram. The company produced a personalized beer can with Mulvaney's face on it, which Mulvaney promoted on social media in early April with the hashtag "#budlightpartner."
Jared Dinges, an analyst at JPMorgan Chase, said in a note to clients last week that Bud Light sales were down 23 percent as of the week ending May 6. He noted that in the near term, a number of U.S. consumers simply won’t drink the beer.
“We believe there is a subset of American consumers who will not drink a Bud Light for the foreseeable future,” he wrote, according to reports. “We believe a 12 percent to 13 percent volume decline on an annualized basis would be a reasonable assumption.”
But Michel Doukeris, CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev, told the Financial Times that he blames “misinformation” and “confusion” for the boycott. In an attempt to distance the brand from Mulvaney, Doukeris said that only one can was produced with Mulvaney's likeness on it.
As for Target, the Minneapolis-based retail chain has seen its stock drop more than 10 percent since around May 17.
In the meantime, Target confirmed that it pulled some of its "Pride" items which also included onesies for infants as well as items that instruct children on how to use transgender pronouns.
In June 2022, the company's stock was trading at around $46 per share. But as of May 26, the shares closed at about $20.
The company's leadership, meanwhile, said earlier this month that it was able to post a profit during the most recent quarter amid widespread downfall in the retail market. A number of big box stores and retailers such as Walmart, Sears, and Walgreens have opted to shut their locations across the country in recent years, while home goods chain Bed Bath & Beyond filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.
Kohl's officials didn't respond by press time on the U.S. Memorial Day holiday to a request by The Epoch Times for comment. The Wisconsin-based retailer hasn't publicly commented about the growing reaction to the merchandise.