Lady Gaga dumps Target over anti-gay donations

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Well, that didn't last long. Just a few short weeks after announcing an exclusive partnership with Target to release her much-anticipated new album, Born This Way, The Advocate is reporting that Gaga has changed her mind and will not move forward with the partnership.

"She and Target didn't see eye to eye on Target's policy of political donations and how they affect the LGBT community," a source told both The Advocate and Metro Weekly.

As we initially speculated, the Gaga partnership would have been a major PR win for Target, who has been in hot water since donating to the political group MN Forward, a PAC that supported anti-gay gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer during the 2010 election season. We scratched our heads at the deal back then, but then were a bit relieved to hear that Gaga might have some influence over Target's donation policies.

"That discussion was one of the most intense conversations I've ever had in a business meeting," Gaga was quoted as saying at the time. "Part of my deal with Target is that they have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they've made in the past...our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they've made supporting those groups."

Apparently, the politically active pop singer has since decided that Target's changes weren't significant enough to make up for their past mistakes.

UPDATE: Looks like Target hasn't gotten the memo yet, here's the landing of their Facebook page:

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William Forbes
William Forbes

Don't support anti-gay movements. Problem solved.

Christian
Christian

Target in hot water for believing in what makes sense to them and to those who support them including stock holders...alright if you say so Andrea. The right to support a belief is a given right for both parties. Target is doing what they want to do while not breaking into pieces to satisfy others with beliefs they do not want to involve them selves with. Target will always have my business as long as they hold true and not become fake or weak to satisfy the ones they don't agree with . Freedom of choice applies to everyone . Stop telling Target that they're wrong just because they have a different point of view. What gay activists are doing to the Christian believer is equivalent to a straight person attacking a gay person ... Bullying those who don't agree and doing so with more force. I love Target!

ScreenCap
ScreenCap

Somebody tell me why an inanimate publicly traded corporation "has" political views in the first place again? That doesn't make sense to me

Brian
Brian

Target doesn't run their own advertising, they outsource to advertising agencies. You can't blame the advertising firms for not being right on top of company politics.

tadlerbug
tadlerbug

Target is a business. That means that when they support people running for office, they support them for their business policy. It just so happened that some of the people they donated to also didn't support LGBT rights. What a surprise, though, Lady Gaga took something small and made a big deal out of it to get some attention.

swmnguy
swmnguy

Good for Lady Gaga. Target has every right to align themselves with whatever political viewpoint they want. Free speech, of course, has consequences. If Lady Gaga can't in good conscience work exclusive deals with Target based on Target's political statements, good for her for turning her back on the money. I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out Lady Gaga understands her demographic base better than Target understands theirs, in political terms on LGBT issues.

Andthatsokay
Andthatsokay

Way to go Target for standing firm on beliefs!! It's a sad day when a celebrity has to try and bribe people/businesses to change - just because it's not what "they" think is right! Since when has it been acceptable to be prejudice regarding the beliefs of same sex marriage and standing for THAT right?

TO
TO

WHO CARES! OMG, R YOU KIDDING ME? Get a job!

Bill55
Bill55

One of the choices is to respect life in all aspects. If a store or church sponsors something that is detremental to our freedoms, we can choose to take our business and our lives elsewhere. I have tried to behave like a true Christian in my life, but people like the Westboro Baptists and nutbags like Beck remind me that so called Christians need to rethink their love of Jesus. After all, wasn't Jesus a socialist? Would he spew the same hate I see on the newsmedia daily? Hardly. He would be rather saddened.

bessie
bessie

"Freedom of choice applies to everyone."

Is that really what you meant to write? I think you either meant "Freedom of choice applies to everyone...except gays" or you really haven't paid attention to what the Target boycots are about. Hint: Freedom of choice, for everyone.

Aaron
Aaron

They do most of their advertising in house now. From the looks of the campaign they had going, I guarantee it was planned, concepted and designed by Target employees.

baeocystin
baeocystin

It's not something small, at all. Actions have consequences. To support only the business side of a candidate, while ignoring their other views, is myopic and counterproductive.

And good for Lady Gaga for giving a sh*t about LGBT issues. If Target supports politicians that promulgate discrimination, they deserve any derision they get.

Randomposter
Randomposter

...and way to go, celebrity, for choosing not to endorse and bring revenue to a business with differing political views. Welcome to America, buddy. That's how both our nation and how capitalism work.

meg
meg

so being gay is a choice?

Rotll
Rotll

and, according to the Supreme court, they now have corporate "personhood" as well...

Christian
Christian

Yes way to go Target and celebrity . Both because they believe in one side of an issue and are are holding true and strong to their beliefs may they be right or wrong. Now check with how Target has responded to Lady Gaga's decision ... Quite the opposite of how Lady Gaga has responded to Target's decision. I don't see or hear Target implying in any way shape or form that she's wrong or in hot water etc. You see those who oppose gay beliefs are being attacked verbally and even physically. What makes that right or any different than the guy who beats up on a gay person...what gives Lady Gaga the right to say that Target made a mistake about their beliefs? Can Target say Lady Gaga made a mistake about her beliefs? Don't think they ever did or ever will. She is wrong and disrespectful. Don't think she or her supporters would like that if Target and or their supporters did said she was making a mistake to believe what it is she believes . Again freedom of choice is to be respected may you agree or disagree. On a personal level I will continue to support Target and as a Christian I will be gentle with those I don't support yet strong with my christian beliefs .

LandReject
LandReject

OR: how about this idea: Target sticks to selling stuff to customers, and stays out of politics altogether. Or is that not "how both our nation and how capitalism work" enough for you?

indy
indy

the choice to get married, for one

Wasfioa
Wasfioa

Dear Christian (I hope that is your name!)

First and foremost, I forgive you for being a "Christian". Religion of any kind tend to confuse the human senses and logic. But in the world I would love to live in you would be more than welcome. Live and let live is how I live my life. Now if I may, your premise that both of them, Target and Lady Gaga are correct has no value. You are attempting to compare a living human being to an entity that exits with no other purpose than profits. Corporations should stick to their business and let the human beings handle the political process without strings or propaganda.

fred
fred

How dare you even hint that you have a right to oppose something that you dont understand. If a gay person had a crack at you because you believe in some prehistoric fairy you'd be devastated. Let the multinational make their squillions of dollars and keep the fuck out of peoples bedrooms, away from imaginary gods and admit to what they really want to achieve i.e getting their hands on our dollar. Let you, me, Lady Gaga be individuals and live in peace and honesty

Burton
Burton

Thats right! Its like how I still use the word "nigger" because I don't like the way they act. Us whites have our views and them blacks have theres. They aint got no damn right tellin me I'm wrong for thinkin less of them.

The Dude
The Dude

How about I fart in your mouth? You little faggot.

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