Gregg Steinhafel’s $23.9 million salary isn’t enough for the Target CEO to put up with your annoying-ass questions about his company’s donations to a Minnesota anti-gay candidate. When repeatedly asked about their anti-gay endorsement during this week’s annual shareholders meeting, Steinhafel said, “Does anybody have a question relating to our business that is unrelated to political giving? I would love to hear any question related to something else.”
Then, when asked about their stance on Minnesota’s ballot amendment banning same-sex marriage, he said, “Our position at this particular time is that we are going to be neutral on that particular issue, as we would be on other social issues that have polarizing points of view.”
Neutral. How very Swiss.
Is neutrality even possible in a nationwide civil rights battle? Could any business or person stay neutral during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s? Either you think all races should be equal or you don’t—the same goes for queers.
So… Target won’t be making ANY political donations then to ANY candidates ever again so as not to endorse pro or anti-gay political stances, right? And Target doesn’t care if its gay-coupled employees get financially screwed during tax season, just so long as they purport to be pro-LGBT by providing benefits to their queer employees under their own roofs, right?
How very moderate. How very pro-nothing. How very… neutral.