‘Alex from Target’ displays societal fixation with looks

By Dakota Palmer
Staff Writer/Spectator

Anyone with a Twitter account has more than likely heard of the new trending hashtag: #AlexFromTarget. Alex is a 16-year-old who works at a Target store in Texas and he just became Internet famous.

“What did this ordinary boy do to gain such fame?” one may ask. The answer is nothing. Alex was bagging groceries when someone snapped a candid pic and posted it on Twitter with the caption, “YOOOOOOOOOOO,” indicating that the fan thought that he was extremely attractive.

When Alex ended his shift, he checked his phone to find that he had gained over 100,000 Twitter followers. Since then, Alex has been interviewed on The Ellen Show and has been placed in the back stock room of Target due to all of the fuss he causes when he is at the register. This situation begs the question: have teenage fangirls gone too far?

This isn’t the first time teenage girls have worshiped various retail store and food service workers. There have also been attractive, everyday people like Kieran from T-Mobile, Matt from Red Robin and Steve from Starbucks. All of these workers became famous because someone took a picture of them doing their jobs and then they posted the pictures on the Internet.

Quite frankly, it is sad that these people have become such celebrities for doing practically nothing except being attractive. People always argue that it’s okay to not have a body like a supermodel or a face like Jennifer Lawrence’s, or they tell guys that they do not have to have bodies like the Hemsworth brothers, but then we put so much focus on these “attractive” people. 

This is the problem with our generation. Most of us claim to be so open-minded, but yet we will marvel at the cute boys and girls on the Internet and think, “Wow, I want a boyfriend/girlfriend who looks EXACTLY like him/her!” We set our expectations too high and then wonder why we can never be happy relationship-wise.

Social media has completely ruined all sense of practicality for anyone trying to start a stable, healthy relationship. Instead, we sit in our rooms and idolize these people who we will never date, but we will always look for.

Alex From Target and the rest of the poor souls who have unintentionally stepped into the land of being Internet famous are now living these lives that are seemingly not even theirs anymore.

For example, Alex has mentioned in some recent interviews that he has been receiving various death threats and is afraid to leave his house. Anywhere he goes, girls are coming up to him and screaming and asking for selfies. This is entirely ridiculous, as he is just a young boy trying to live his life.

Alex From Target has now officially been Googled more times than Justin Bieber, and he has approximately 700,000 Twitter followers.

Although sometimes it is fun to scroll down social media sites and see what is going on, it is becoming a bit much to make these ordinary people famous. Maybe the four unlucky workers could ask the Kardashian sisters for advice on how to deal with their newfound famous lives they attained by doing nothing.

Dakota Palmer is staff writer for The Spectator. She can be reached by voices.spectator@gmail.com