UPDATE: 2nd Vote #AnywhereButTARGET Campaign Website Back Up After Being Shut Down for ‘Diversity’ and to Stop ‘Hate’

By Dustin Siggins Published on November 25, 2016

Editors’ Note: 27 hours after it was shut down, 2nd Vote’s #AnywhereButTarget campaign website went back online at noon Central on Friday.

A conservative corporate watchdog group’s effort to galvanize conservatives against Target’s restroom and changing-room policies was shut down on Thanksgiving Day by the server company hosting its website, because the campaign allegedly violated the company’s effort to “create an inclusive workplace” respectful of “diversity.”

In an e-mail, Leadpages Director of Operations Doug Storbeck ordered 2nd Vote to take down its #AnywhereButTARGET website. According to Storbeck, “at Leadpages, we strive to create an inclusive workplace that upholds the dignity of all people. We value, respect, and celebrate everyone’s individualities and honor their unique strengths from all different walks of life.”

2nd Vote’s campaign encouraged conservatives to shop #AnywhereButTARGET because of the company’s policy that allows males who identify as females to use the restroom and changing room of their choice. Conservatives have boycotted the retail giant, though Target executives said in August that a stock drop and an investment in single-sex restrooms was unrelated to the backlash.

Storbeck continued:

We believe that embracing diversity of thought and perspective encourages collaboration that leads to product innovation, diverse products and a successful business. Staying true to our core values is something we take very seriously and we feel this is reinforced in our Terms of Service. Specifically, and according to our Acceptable Use and Conduct policy (to which you have agreed), we prohibit any content which: “(g) is hateful or discriminatory based on race, color, sex, religion, nationality, ethnic or national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or age or is otherwise objectionable, as reasonably determined by Ave. 81;”

For the reasons stated above, I am respectfully requesting that you to take down your #AnywhereButTarget landing page upon receipt of this notice, but no later than 8:00am CST on Thursday November 24, 2016.

Storbeck’s LinkedIn page says that he lives in the Minneapolis area, which is also where Target’s headquarters are located. The Stream was unable to determine whether this played a role in Leadpages’ decision. 

The Campaign

Earlier this week, 2nd Vote Communications Director Robert Kuykendall told The Stream that his organization believes “Target is carrying the water for the liberal LGBT agenda that wants to undermine religious liberty protections for business owners, people of faith, and religious institutions.” 

“We want conservatives to know that they have alternative choices for their Christmas shopping and to use the power of their shopping dollars to show Target that they don’t want to those dollars used to fund a radical political agenda,” Kuykendall added.

In an e-mail announcing the elimination of their #AnywhereButTARGET landing page, 2nd Vote Executive Director Lance Wray said, “Liberals who constantly tout tolerance and inclusion go out of their way to shut down ideas they disagree with. To say our campaign is about inequality, intolerance, hate, discrimination or devaluing anyone is flat wrong, it’s about common sense and safety. But, some of the truest hate and intolerance we’ve seen has come from the liberal responses to our campaign.”

Kuykendall told The Stream that he suspects Leadpages realized the campaign was having an effect on Target,

Leadpages must have sensed our campaign was gaining momentum, so they resorted to the typical liberal bully tactics of shutting down and censoring ideas they don’t agree with and calling them “hateful” or “discriminatory.” Apparently, Leadpages wanted to use the cover of Thanksgiving Day, thinking they could quietly make #AnywhereButTARGET disappear.

Kuykendall explained that the campaign “has reached over 3 million conservatives through several platforms. We’ve even added our Christmas Shopping Guide to the campaign, giving these conservatives better choices on where to spend their Christmas shopping dollars.”

Backlash Beginning

Less than 12 hours after Leadpages eliminated the #AnywhereButTARGET campaign page, LOGOS Identity Clothing’s Ryan O’Neil announced in an e-mail to Storbeck that he intended to boycott the company if it backed Target. O’Neil said that Storbeck and Leadpages’ executive team had “inserted your company into identity politics, and I can’t support a company like yours that doesn’t respect freedom of speech and expression.” O’Neil said that he is a “recent…user” who had been “considering upgrading my account.” 

Leadpages did not respond to The Stream’s effort to clarify the company’s policy. The #AnywhereButTARGET campaign is directed at the company’s gender identity policy, which is not listed in Storbeck’s listing of company non-discrimination policies. Likewise, neither Storbeck nor Leadpages’ public relations manager responded to Wray’s accusation that the company’s actions consist of hypocrisy on the issue of diversity.

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  • Robbins Mitchell

    Sounds like galloping f@g fascism to me….Leadpages needs to take it back to the bath house and gargle some throat yogurt

  • Gary

    Typical liberals. “We believe in diversity, as long as it is diversity we agree with.” I have been banned from making comments on several websites that are run by liberals. Liberals claim they respect everyone and all points of view, but they actually don’t. They are a bunch of lying hypocrites.

    • Az1seeit

      Yeah, well…it’s hard to see around the logs in their eyes…

    • johndoe

      Poor baby!

  • Billybob9

    Doesn’t sound like that company believes in diversity or freedom of conscience.

    In fact, their action is rather like a lynching.

    Shame on them ~ shame!

    We don’t go to Target until they get back in line with hundreds of thousands of years of tradition and law (or the equivalent thereof). The men folk stay outta’ the little girl’s toilets!

  • Paul

    This is a very important story, unfortunately few will realize the full implications. It is a warning siren that I hope some will respond to, that is developing conservative and Christian in leadership in tech industries. We’ve become beholden to these CEOs in whose platforms we place our reliance on communication. Simillarly Facebook has been busy censoring conservatives especially in the area of the second amendment. Why do we continue to support their platforms and businesses with our traffic and eyeballs? We need to do better.

    We’re busy in the political arena while extremely powerful organizations like ICANN get little attention. Few even know what it is let alone why it matters.

    • Dave

      It would be nice if we came up with a conservative version of Facebook. However, that can’t happen without millions of dollars in development costs. Keep in mind Zukerberg (SP?) is a Rocerfeller and he got all his startup funds from his family. It would be nice if people like Rush, Hannity and Beck got together to create this and news outlets that are truly conservative. They are so filled up with their own feuding and self aggrandizement that they could never come together on something that would be so beneficial to our country as this would be. Facebook and Fox news are not conservative. Both are owned by super liberal people and as a result their bias keeps oozing out.

  • Joseph

    Standing for perversion and going against common sense and decency. liberals view things backwards

  • Joseph

    Diversity would be respecting all views not just yours. that includes the views of people who do not agree with the LGBT

  • Joseph

    ”If yours views are not in line with ours, we’ll shut you down” what kind of diversity is that?

    • Gary

      That is how liberals define diversity.

      • Az1seeit

        Yeah, the same with “tolerance” They have a vocabulary problem…kinda like definition dyslexia….

  • siggyski

    I personally would not want males allowed in the restrooms where my wife, daughter or girlfriend is required to go. Mr. Storbeck apparently has been drinking too much koolaide. It is support for these type of knee jerk reactions that have brought this country to its’ knees. There is more to having a strong viable nation than just singing cumbaya around a campfire.

  • Joseph

    It’s hate to tell people don’t shop at Target because they allow men (who could very well be rapists and child molesters) in the women’s restroom? I don’t see that as hate at all. the site is stupid for taking this website down. to hell with political correctness. people’s lives are at stake here. are you seriously more worried about hurting the feelings of these confused men rather than lives of women and girls?

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