Sunday, December 24, 2006

Target Gives Che Guevara The Boot

Target Corp. said it had pulled a compact disc case that had a photo on it of Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara after some customers complained. Guevara photos are often seen on T-shirts and posters, but some critics thought Twin Cities-based Target went too far when it put Guevara's photo on a Target-branded item in its stores. Guevara, a central figure in the Cuban revolution, has been frequently criticized by the political right for his violent tactics."What next? Hitler backpacks? Pol Pot cookware? Pinochet pantyhose? Target gives this monster a pass, while using common sense on almost everything else it sells," Investors Business Daily editorialized. Target apologized. "It is never our intent to offend any of our guests through the merchandise we carry," Target said in a prepared statement. "We have made the decision to remove this item from our shelves and we sincerely apologize for any discomfort this situation may have caused our guests."