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Multiple Target stores across the U.S. received bomb threats over the weekend for allegedly “betraying the LGBTQ+ community” by tamping down on some of the Pride Month products sold in its stores due to massive backlash the company has faced.
The FBI is now investigating the bomb threats that have been made in stores located in Oklahoma, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Louisiana, Ohio, Utah, and Pennsylvania.
The threats first started a few weeks ago when Target made “emergency” calls to managers and senior directors after the company faced backlash for its Pride collection, which included “tuck-friendly” female swimwear. JPMorgan said that it was downgrading Target’s stock because of the “recent company controversies” and the company has since lost more than $15 billion in market cap.
USA Today reported that stores in Ohio, Utah, and Pennsylvania received a threat that stated: “Target is full of cowards who turned their back on the LGBT community and decided to cater to the homophobic right wing redneck bigots who protested and vandalized their store.”
The threats continued over the weekend when seven stores in Oklahoma received a threat that began, “We are going to play a game” and included the date of the Oklahoma City bombing, which killed 168 people.
“2 of these Target locations have bombs in them,” the email continued. “We hid the bombs inside some product items. The bombs will detonate in several hours, guess which ones have the bombs. Time is ticking.”
The Washington Post reported that the threats were made by those accusing the store of “betraying the LGBTQ+ community.”
The Target locations in Louisiana reportedly received emails accusing the stores of bowing “to the wishes of the far-right extremists who want to exterminate us.”