Headline RoundupMay 24th, 2023

Fact Check: Is Target Selling ‘Tuck-Friendly’ Swimwear For Children?

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Conservative commentator Matt Walsh recently called for a boycott of Target after a widely circulated video showed the store’s Pride-month seasonal merchandise, which features swimsuits designed to accommodate transgender individuals with “tuck-friendly” construction. 

The Claims: On his podcast, Walsh said that bathing suits included in the Pride collection “though not in the kids section, are available in kids sizes,” adding, “Either those are sizes for kids or for very, very, very small adults.” Similarly, the New York Post published a story headlined “Target’s ‘tuck-friendly’ swimwear for kids sparks outcry.” The Post article stated that the Pride collection features “so-called ‘tuck-friendly’ wear and rainbow-colored onesies for infants and children.”

The Facts: Target spokespersons have denied that the “tuck-friendly” swimwear is available in children sizes. In light of backlash, Target is rolling back the merchandise line, and appears to have removed the “tuck-friendly” swimsuits from its online catalog, but an article from The Post Millennial (Lean Right Bias) said the available sizes for the swimwear range from “3xs, which is essentially a child's size, up to 6x.” An article from The Associated Press (Lean Left Bias) reported that the Pride merchandise line is typically all located in one place inside Target stores, so childrens' clothing that is a part of the Pride theme, but not designed for transgender individuals, is positioned near the “tuck-friendly” swimwear. According to that same article, there is kids’ swimwear in the Pride section, but it does not feature the “tuck-friendly” label.

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