Target Corp. said it had pulled a case for holding compact discs that had a photo of Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara after some customers complained.
Guevara photos are often seen on T-shirts and posters, but some critics thought Target went too far when it put Guevara’s photo on a Target-branded item it was selling in stores. Guevara, a key figure in the Cuban revolution, has been frequently criticized on the 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 on Dec. 13.
Target said it was sorry.
“It is never our intent to offend any of our guests through the merchandise we carry,” Target wrote in a statement on Wedneday. “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.”