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."