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‘Target’ perfectly schooled these trolls who were outraged about gender-neutral toys

Megan Boyanton August 14, 2015
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After Target announced its discontinuation of separating toys based on gender, many took to its Facebook page to complain and hilarity ensued.

Recently, the US retail giant publicly proclaimed its stance on children’s toys as gender-neutral.

After a tweet was sent to the company regarding the separation of boys and girls, Target announced that Toys and Home would not be classified by gender.

More conservative shoppers, shocked by the change, took to the corporation’s Facebook page to voice their outrage.

While Target tried to comment to most of the extreme posts, several “trolling” parody pages thought that they would take over the job.

Cue the side-splitting responses.

‘Target’ perfectly schooled these trolls who were outraged about gender-neutral toys

PinkNews has compiled the 13 best Facebook encounters between ‘Target’ and its customers.

‘Target’ perfectly schooled these trolls who were outraged about gender-neutral toys

In particular, a parody account, “Ask ForHelp,” has stood at the helm of the Great Troll War of 2015.

‘Target’ perfectly schooled these trolls who were outraged about gender-neutral toys

The Ohio resident who sparked the entire change, Abi Bechtel, tweeted a photo of Target signage- one read “Building Sets” and the other said “Girls’ Building Sets”.

‘Target’ perfectly schooled these trolls who were outraged about gender-neutral toys

Other customers, passionate about the cause, even began using the hashtag #ReasonsToNotShopTarget.

‘Target’ perfectly schooled these trolls who were outraged about gender-neutral toys

While she did so at the beginning of June, Target announced in August its intent to take a more progressive standpoint.

‘Target’ perfectly schooled these trolls who were outraged about gender-neutral toys

Now, the respective pink and blue wallpaper won’t be used to identify toy sections based on gender.

‘Target’ perfectly schooled these trolls who were outraged about gender-neutral toys

Instead, a neutral wood panelling will be incorporated and the distinct signs will be removed.

‘Target’ perfectly schooled these trolls who were outraged about gender-neutral toys

Since its announcement, Target has released an article, entitled “What’s in Store: Moving Away from Gender-based Signs”.

‘Target’ perfectly schooled these trolls who were outraged about gender-neutral toys

In it, the corporation says: “We never want guests or their families to feel frustrated or limited by the way things are presented.

“Over the past year, guests have raised important questions about a handful of signs in our stores that offer product suggestions based on gender. . .

‘Target’ perfectly schooled these trolls who were outraged about gender-neutral toys

“We know that shopping preferences and needs change and, as guests have pointed out, in some departments like Toys, Home or Entertainment, suggesting products by gender is unnecessary.

“We heard you, and we agree.

“Right now, our teams are working across the store to identify areas where we can phase out gender-based signage to help strike a better balance.”

‘Target’ perfectly schooled these trolls who were outraged about gender-neutral toys

While the reactions have been mixed, an overwhelming amount has been positive and the changes will begin to occur within the next few months.

‘Target’ perfectly schooled these trolls who were outraged about gender-neutral toys

Not the only corporation to welcome progress, a store in Disneyland has a window display of a male mannequin wearing Minnie Mouse.

‘Target’ perfectly schooled these trolls who were outraged about gender-neutral toys

The conclusion?

Target may need to hire “Ask ForHelp” as part of its revolutionary team.

Related topics: Abi Bechtel, Androgynous, androgyny, Conservative, Discrimination, Equality, gender neutral, LGBT, LGBT rights, megan boyanton, Progressive, target, Trans, Transgender, US

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