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Right Wing Pundit: ‘Target Security Breach is Divine Punishment for Naughty Kmart Ad’

Right-wing talk radio host Buster Wilson sent a tweet implying that God showed his wrath through the giant credit card breach that hit Target. He further added the punishment was intended to get back at the retailers for a naughty ad launched by their competitors.

“Target mocks Jesus with an unseemly Joe Boxer ad.  Now suffering BIG TIME thru data theft!,” Wilson tweeted. ”Don’t mock Jesus, just a suggestion.”

The big issue with his claim, is of course, that Target did not do the mocking.  The ad, featuring men in their boxer shorts ringing their ‘jingle bells’, was run by Kmart, Target’s competitor, who theoretically may benefit from Target’s publicity nightmare.

The racy holiday  Kmart ad in question was widely panned by conservative groups and was even the focus of a campaign by One Million Moms, who fought unsuccessfully to have the ad removed from airing during family shows.

“The commercial focuses on several men wearing Joe Boxer underwear thrusting in a sexualized way to the tune of Jingle Bells,” the petition read. “They start gyrating and shaking themselves instead of the hand bells, intending to make their “bells” ring in song – which is highly inappropriate.”

Yet even while some agree the ad was in poor taste, the idea that God would take it out on Target, instead of Kmart appears a bit far-fetched for most, except that the former American Family Association general manager has a history of blaming what he perceives as ‘acts of sin’ for problems and disasters that impact others who are not directly involved by the ‘deviant acts.’

When Hurricane Isaac hit Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the U.S.’s gulf region, for example, Wilson blamed the entire event on a LGBT festival held in New Orleans that prompted God’s wrath.

While he stopped short at saying it was the only reason for the hurricane, he stressed, “there is an abundance of scripture” supporting his claims that “when the people don’t live right… God will come in and destroy a place.”

He concluded the American people need to return to a God-fearing lifestyle and  stop “wagging our fist in God’s face.”

Photo Credit: Screenshot/Kmart ad




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