Thursday, March 10, 2011
Target 'Surprised and Disappointed' by Lady Gaga
Target has responded to Lady Gaga over statements she made related to her nixed deal to sell a special edition of her upcoming album at the retail giant.
The Advocate reported on Tuesday that the singer wasn't comfortable when she learned that Target donated corporate funds to MN Forward, a political action committee that supported anti-gay candidate Tom Emmer in his failed 2010 run for Minnesota governor.
"We were very surprised and disappointed by the statements made by Lady Gaga's organization related to her partnership with Target," the company said in a statement late Wednesday, as reported by The New York Times. "Target remains committed to the LGBT community as demonstrated by our contributions to various LGBT organizations, our recently established Policy Committee to review our political giving and our respectful, inclusive workplace environment."
My question is this: how could Lady Gaga (or her management) NOT know about the Tom Emmer fiasco? It was widely reported, even by me. Plus, Gaga had previously told Billboard that her relationship with Target was tied to its "reform ... and to redeem the mistakes they've made supporting those [anti-gay] groups", which seems to indicate she DID know about the Emmer indicent beforehand.