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Derick Dillard Leads Boycott of Target, Sparks Yet Another Controversy

Well, it looks like Derick Dillard has chosen a side in the long-standing Target vs. Wal-Mart debate.

Of course, his allegiance has nothing to do with the price of cargo shorts and everything to do with Derick’s new found desire to be the Duggar clan’s resident rabble-rouser.

If you follow Derick on social media, then you’re probably aware that Jill Duggar’s husband has developed a taste for expressing controversial views as of late.

It started with Derick’s attack on Jazz Jennings, a transgender teen and fellow TLC reality star, whom Dillard accused of espousing a “non-reality,” arguing that “gender is ordained by God.”

Dillard was widely criticized for his comments, but he also received a good deal of support from Twitter’s evangelical community.

Like all reality stars, Derick thrives on attention, be it good or bad, so it should come as no surprise that the controversy over his Jennigs remarks prompted the father of two to continue tweeting about incendiary political issues.

In recent weeks, Derick has claimed there’s no racism in America, revealed his support for President Trump, and taken publicly taken the far-right stance on a number of issues.

While his opinions may not come as much of a surprise, it’s somewhat surprising that he’s continued to express them publicly.

The Duggars’ are usually content to leave their social views an open secret, but Derick is a self-styled political figure–and, it should be noted, a former Wal-Mart employee–who has now set his sights on the nation’s second-largest retail chain.

Yes, Derick has entered the debate over transgender men and women using public restrooms, and not the utter shock of absolutely no one, he’s taking the ignorant view on the matter.

Earlier this week, Derick tweeted a link to an article urging consumers to boycott Target over the corporation’s policy on restrooms.

“Important article for Christians who are concerned for the future of America,” Derick wrote.

The article–entitled “Target: A web of deception for women and children?”–is an ugly transphobic screed that villainizes transgender women as rapists in disguise.

“Men don’t belong in women’s restrooms and changing areas,” the author argues at one point.

Not surprisingly, the reaction against Derick’s bigotry has been swift and harsh:

“Men also don’t belong in bed with their little sisters,” wrote one follower.

“Yet you support a ‘president’ who is a legit rapist. Seems he’s more of a threat in the bathroom than any true trans out there,” commented another.

Rather than engage with those who disagree with him, Derick responded the way he always does in the face of pushback–he quoted some Bible verses and basically told his critics that they’re headed straight to hell:

“There is one objective truth that no man can change, regardless of how one feels about it; one day everyone will have to come to terms w/ it,” Derick tweeted.

It’s long been rumored that Derick has aspirations to run for office and his trip to D.C. for the Value Voters Summit this week has been interpreted by many as Dillard’s way of confirming that he has sights set on Washington.

We hate to break it to the guy, but he may need to sharpen his debate skills.

Even in 2017, shouting Bible quotes at your opponents doesn’t count as a cogent argument.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.

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Fixer Upper Hosts Align with Target, Earn Ire of Christians

By their own account, Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines are not breaking up.

The beloved husband and wife, who are about to embark on their fifth season as co-hosts of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, shot down divorce rumors this week.

However, simply because all is well between Chip and Joanna, this doesn’t mean all is well between Chip, Joanna… and a handful of their fans.

Earlier this week, the reality stars announced that they’ve developed a home decor collection called “Hearth and Hand with Magonia” that will go on sale in Target stores across the country, beginning on November 5.

Wrote Chip as a caption to the above photo:

“Jo has poured her heart and soul into this new line, Hearth & Hand with Magnolia available at Target November 5th.

“We’re here with Bullseye at Target HQ today announcing it to all of their team members!”

Pretty exciting, right? A pretty cool next step for the home renovator and designer, right?

WRONG, according to many critics.

Because Chip and Joanna are known as evangelical Christians, and because Target allows transgender employees and customers to use restrooms and fitting rooms that best align with their gender identity, some Internet users think the couple ought to rethink this partnerships.

They’re total hypocrites, if not, argue these viewers.

“Why are u using Target?I thought youll were Christians.My friends & thousands of others r boycotting them because of their bathroom policies,” wrote one Twitter person, while others have added takes such as the following:

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And here is what a couple Facebook followers wrote on the couple’s official page:

– As much as I love Chip and Joanna, not even their product will get me to shop at Target again. Sorry, I’ll look for another place to buy your product.

– Why would you sell at Target when so many wonderful shops would love to have your merchandise?

Sorry I won’t be able to buy it, haven’t set foot in there since they announced either gender can use dressing rooms and bathrooms.

The topic of Chip and Joanna’s religion has come up in the past.

They got into hot water last year after it was revealed that their pastor did not believe in gay marriage.

Neither Chip nor Joanna ever spoke on this subject themselves, not directly, but Chip did Tweet the following in response to the uproar:

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. DO EVERYTHING IN LOVE.

“U know.. even as all hell ‘appears’ to be breaking loose. All I have to do is look at my 4 precious babies sleeping, or kiss Jo good morning and at least at that moment, at my house, all is right with the world.”

In this case, the stars have once again avoided the topic of religion or faith when discussing their Target deal.

“Despite our initial insecurities about partnering with a large retailer, Target has exceeded our expectations every step of the way,” Chip said on Tuesday, concluding:

“With our friends, our family and with the people we do business with, we are serious about continually finding common ground. We are thankful to get to work side by side with the people at Target.

“We believe we are going to build something really beautiful together and that our positive impact will be far greater now than it would ever be apart.”

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