Women's 'Trophy' T-shirt is a 'fun wink,' says Target; will stay on store shelves


Target Corp. says it will continue to sell women's T-shirts with "Trophy" written across them, despite a huge backlash that erupted on social media over the past several days.

Critics say the shirt is demeaning to women and are collecting signatures to try to convince the store to drop the item, according to the Associated Press.

The Minneapolis-based retail giant released a statement Wednesday saying it didn't intend to offend anyone by selling the shirt, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reports, but that it doesn't plan to remove it from store shelves.

The shirt is part of a collection of women's engagement and wedding shirts that also includes garments that say "Team Bride," "Mrs." and "Bride." It's sold in stores and online.

"These shirts are intended as a fun wink and we have received an overwhelmingly positive response from our guests," the company said in a statement, according to USA Today.

The petition on Change.org says the T-shirt perpetuates rape culture by suggesting "that women are merely objects, not humans, to be used for men's pleasure."

"The word trophy should not refer to any person, man or woman, because we are not THINGS- we are human beings," it continues. "Labeling any person as a 'Trophy' is demeaning their humanity and objectifying them as a tangible object that can be bought, used, and disposed of."

So far the petition has more than 13,000 signatures, with a goal of 15,000.

Here's a sampling of social media reaction to the story.

Next Up


State Patrol investigating fatal crash near Duluth

The crash was reported around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday.

eden prairie police squad car

Carjacking reported outside shopping center in Eden Prairie

One of the suspects reportedly displayed a weapon.

court gavel

8 people charged in Medicaid fraud scheme totaling $860K

Collectively, they're charged with 46 counts of felony theft.


Minnesota gets mixed grades on its tobacco report card

In Minnesota, the economic cost due to smoking is $2.519 million with 5,910 deaths per year attributed to smoking.

Hardy Wills-Traxler

Charges: Man stabbed his father, set his home on fire

The 25-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder and first-degree arson.

Impound lot

Crowded impound lot raises COVID concerns after Minneapolis snow emergency

A vehicle owner complains about the tightly-packed impound lot following the weekend's snow.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, Jan. 27

The latest update from the state health department.


Charges: Bar owner, employee served underage drinkers during shutdown

The bar hosted 20-30 people on Dec. 4, 2020, charges say.

police lights

Driver wearing bulletproof vest strikes pedestrian in Rochester

The 21-year-old claimed the vest keeps him warm, according to police.