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Statement: Target 'Surprised and Disappointed' Lady Gaga Nixed Deal


Target Corp. has released a statement regarding Lady Gaga's dissolution of their deal over the company's LGBT rights policies.

Said the company in a statement:

“We were very surprised and disappointed by the statements made by Lady Gaga’s organization related to her partnership with Target. 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.”

In an interview last month, Target spokesman Jessica Carlson told the Washington Blade that Target had “a long history” of supporting the LGBT community through political giving, volunteerism and event sponsorship. "For example, Carlson said the retail chain donated to Project 515, a Minnesota LGBT group, and this year saw many team members volunteer at Creating Change, an LGBT rights conference hosted by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force."

Dustee Tucker Jenkins, a Target exec, told Billboard "that the company would be 'more thoughtful' in its future contributions, but did not disavow its past support of candidates that oppose gay marriage."

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  1. Lady Gaga stinks.

    Posted by: MM | Mar 10, 2011 8:15:05 AM

  2. some of my best friends are gay..

    Posted by: fu | Mar 10, 2011 8:16:54 AM

  3. @mm Lame

    Posted by: Aron | Mar 10, 2011 8:17:17 AM

  4. We love you, Mother Monster. 'Cause baby we were born this way!

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 10, 2011 8:26:07 AM

  5. What exactly went down? Gay blogs are not being investigative enough and just rehashing statements.

    What has changed now? She works only with gay people-we know that-and had gone through with the deal regardless. So what has changed?

    I can't imagine any of her gay crew have grown any sort of ethical conscious when they all about the benjamins, looking faaaboulus and style over substance.

    Posted by: Rowan | Mar 10, 2011 8:29:24 AM

  6. You stupid, bitchy, queens...TARGET is the one you should be pissed at NOT Lady Gaga! Once again, she is sticking her neck out for us and these comments really piss me off! I'm sure this cost her a bunch of money too. Hang in there Gaga. I won't be shopping Target any time soon...

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 10, 2011 8:37:06 AM

  7. It's simple, Target wants all the bigots and all the homos as customers... they've put themselves in a corner.

    Bottom line; if you support people that want to legislate others as 'less-than' people are going to be pissed. Not that complicated, even for Mgmt-types, of which I am one.

    Gaga, is principled & vocal. Appreciate, every g'damned day. For a long time we've had allies of convenience only. CLUE-phone... it's for YOU!!!

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Mar 10, 2011 9:32:14 AM

  8. Who knows what changed, hell maybe she knew the whole time she would play them. This has just raised Target's anti-gay activities into the spotlight even more. I think its great.

    Posted by: Wes | Mar 10, 2011 9:33:47 AM

  9. take gay money and give it to homo haters annonymous...that's what happens every time you shop at Target

    Posted by: Chriss | Mar 10, 2011 9:34:13 AM

  10. Target gives far more time and money to LGBT causes then it dose bigoted candidates. They already explained that the donations were to support business interests and not social policy.

    I think the gay community really needs to learn to pick their battles wisely. There are real bigots out there that are actively trying to wipe us out and were harassing a company that has long protected it's gay workers and gives millions to our charities?

    Posted by: InTristin | Mar 10, 2011 9:39:30 AM

  11. intristin: well put!

    Posted by: MC | Mar 10, 2011 9:46:49 AM

  12. Yeah your right INTRISTIN, Target is in our side. The anti-gay candidate that they paid nearly 100k and the fact that the investments for ant-gay candidates is quadruple the amount they give in pennies to LGBT companies, was all done for the good of gay people.

    The fact that intelligent people like Gaga and the rest of us, have this opinions means WE ARE the stupid ones, not you and a few gays(?) that are pro target?

    Yeah, we should really pick our battles.

    Bush did so much for humanity.

    Sarah Palin is pro equality.

    Newt Grinch is a good man.

    NOM is on our side, it's just the gays spreading nasty timings and not being happy with writing up contracts between themselves to protect each other in a relationship.

    Yep, yep and yep. I'd love you on my side if I ever needed someone to stick up for me!

    Posted by: Rowan | Mar 10, 2011 10:09:46 AM

  13. OK OK OK OK.

    Heres the deal. I actually work at Target HQ. Its a cool place, one person decided to do that contribution. Overall Target is a really great company with a lot of philanthropy towards education, glbt and community activisism. The corporate culture really promotes this. The minneapolis/st paul pride festival could almost be called the Target gay pride festival since they give shitloads of money to it every year.

    So cut them some slack...what are you going to buy toilet paper at walmart? HELL NO!

    Posted by: amaezm | Mar 10, 2011 10:32:05 AM

  14. No, but I'll buy toilet paper at Costco.

    And you're misstating facts, amaezm -- it's not just one person giving money to conservative causes, it's most of the highest level executives.

    Posted by: Sean | Mar 10, 2011 10:48:11 AM

  15. Amaezm-- how can you be on the inside and so incompletely informed? What about gifts to Yes on 8 to LITERALLY end my marriage and the marriage opportunity for thousands upon thousands. What about Target's strategic choice to not say it was wrong but that they have re-evaluated their policies. It is time to be more aggressive. You might want to cut the man some slack because they are "rainbow washing" with other donations but being an apologist for people who refuse to honor my humanity means we are not allies. Onward!

    Posted by: Mrs. Sippi | Mar 10, 2011 10:59:06 AM

  16. WOW This totally makes me smile. Thanks Lady Gaga.

    Posted by: Jeff | Mar 10, 2011 11:13:34 AM

  17. Amazem,

    Corporate contributions to politicians are ALWAYS made by one person (or group of persons)... the CEO makes the decisions regarding what direction the corporation's giving will go. And honestly, it's not that they gave to Republicans... EVERY company gives money to Republicans. It's that they gave LOTS of money to THAT Republican. Mr. Emmer was clearly in support of radical social policies aimed directly at our lives as GLBT people. He even supported with a public donation a group that publicly advocated the EXECUTION of gay people. I don't care how you spin it, there's just absolutely no excuse for that.

    Political donations go far beyond charitable giving efforts, because those politicians supported by the organization will be empowered to make laws that affect every single one of us. So it doesn't really matter whether there are local donations to GLBT organizations, or lots of cool GLBT people working at HQ, or decent benefits for GLBT employees. That's nice for the people who work there, but it's of absolutely no consequence for the vast majority of us who don't. And I'm quite tired of hearing GLBT people try to make excuses for Target's political activities.

    I haven't shopped at Target since the Emmer donation became public, and I don't plan to. Funny thing... you can get cheap crap and toilet paper at lots of places... places that don't actively support right wing bullies.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Mar 10, 2011 11:43:44 AM

  18. I'll get my toilet paper at Trader Joes which actually cares about gay people and the environment at the same time. It's really not worth spending my hard earned money at greedy,homohating,anti-equality businesses such as Target since their corporate actions reveal their true intentions towards gay employees and gay customers-you don't deserve equality but we love your $$$$$$.
    There is a reason San Francisco doesn't have a Target in the City.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Mar 10, 2011 11:45:27 AM

  19. SFShawn said, "There is a reason San Francisco doesn't have a Target in the City. "

    Um, probably not for long. . .

    Posted by: Austin | Mar 10, 2011 12:15:31 PM

  20. Just because a politician has a pro-business stance doesn't mean s/he has to be socially conservative as well. Seriously. You're anti-taxes, so you're anti-gay? That doesn't correlate.

    I have to admit, that works the other way around: you can be pro-gay, and pro-business, which is Target's line. But does Target have to donate money to someone with unfortunate baggage? In Emmer's case, the baggage was pretty egregious.

    Posted by: latebrosus | Mar 10, 2011 12:20:49 PM

  21. Pro-business, my ass.

    Show me one politician who is objectively "anti-business". There are none.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Mar 10, 2011 12:27:00 PM

  22. This is really fascinating... Watching the usual neocon spin react to the bleeding edge. They've repeated the same lies so often they've come to believe them and are sincerely baffled when anyone else doesn't do the same.

    Posted by: Bryan | Mar 10, 2011 12:30:45 PM

  23. I'm not crazy about her music, but she walks the walk

    Posted by: Nick | Mar 10, 2011 2:47:17 PM

  24. Good for GaGa for standing up for her beliefs despite the potential for lots of $$$. Sadly, gay entertainers like Elton John (playing a private concert for Rush Limbaugh for $$$$) and Ricky Martin (hooking up with Target earlier this year)don't have any principles.

    Posted by: anthony | Mar 10, 2011 2:53:09 PM

  25. So Amaezm, what about Target's lawsuit trying to stop people from getting signatures in support of gay marriage outside Target? Target specifically mentioned fear that Target customers will think they support gay marriage as a reason for trying to trample on the group's free speech rights.

    Posted by: D. | Mar 10, 2011 5:03:53 PM

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