John Barrowman is a beloved figure in gay nerd circles because he’s an openly homosexy actor who pops up in all of their favorite shows, like Dr. Who, Torchwood, Arrow and The Flash. Because he’s a giver (make of that what you will), John also once delighted both nerdy and non-nerdy gays by accidentally presenting the bared and lengthy penis of his husband Scott. He’s a good guy all-around! He’s also the kind of guy who will buy a homeless dude some clothes and a gift certificate despite the store he shopped at hissing at him over it. John posts on social media A LOT, so the West Hollywood Target (sorry – Tar-JHAY) picked the wrong queen to mess with.
In a Twitter video (via CBS), John said that he bought a “$40 gift certificate, jacket and shirt for a homeless man at the Target store located at 7100 Santa Monica Blvd.” John posted his annoyance over Target lecturing him for giving to the needy. Target did that? Quelle surprise!
. @target @targetstyle @targetdoesitagain I am disgusted by what I was told. Arrest me for trying to help someone. The stupidity behind that rule. I want an explanation. My fans and followers please message #Target regarding this. JB pic.twitter.com/pNZ3Sfy3qZ
— John Barrowman MBE (@JohnBarrowman) April 6, 2018
Virtue-signaling aside, it was kind of him to share the address so the equally perturbed can sashay on over with picket signs and eggs.
Following the purchase, Barrowman claims, he was “lectured by the Target staff that I was not allowed to do that.”
Barrowman called Target’s so-called policy “stupid.”
“How dare you tell me, as a customer, who I am allowed to buy for and what I am allowed to buy,” an irate Barrowman said.
Right! It’s like when you roll on up to the check-out counter at Tar-jhay with a medium t-shirt and the cashier eyes your big moobs with catty eyes that say “really, girl?” Don’t judge me for my purchases! (That’s just a fictional example demonstrating Tar-jhay being shady. I’ve never experienced that and I have no knowledge of that sort of situation. I’m an XS. Really.)
John also noted that the people in line behind him thought his being admonished for caring about his fellow man was “ridiculous, also.” He didn’t go into any further details about the incident, but he continued to keep the library open for the retail giant.
“That gentleman needed help, a little bit of help to get him up, to make his day a little better, and Target you were trying to deny that. So I’m a little pissed off with you right now.”
Whoever was manning the Google Alerts caught John’s video and an apology was issued.
“We’re very sorry for the experience you had at the LA Target store. We absolutely do not have a policy against this type of purchase, and are addressing it immediately with the team members involved. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.”
That apology must mean that Target’s 2019 plan to train bull terriers done up like the store mascot Bullseye (formerly known as Spot) to attack any homeless people within 1,000 feet of their stores has been put on hold. At least at their WeHo location.