When Lady Gaga and her team decided to release an exclusive, deluxe edition of her highly anticipated album Born This Way through Target, many of her gay fans and followers were furious. Why do you ask?
Last year, it was uncovered that Target had donated corporate funds to MN Forward, a committee which supported anti-gay Minnesota candidate Tom Emmer. His run for office was a complete fail and nothing ever came from it. However, Target’s use of funds in this regard is completely opposite of everything Gaga and her little monsters stand for.
Gaga recently said to Billboard recently that the deal “hinged upon their [Target's] reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they’ve made supporting those groups.” I am assuming that this means they never came to common ground.
A source close to the singer said, “she and Target didn’t see eye to eye on Target’s policy of political donations and how they affect the LGBT community.” Fair. After Gaga worked so hard last year on being an advocate for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and being a spokeswoman for MAC Viva Glam, aligning herself with Target didn’t seem to make sense.
Its been said that the meetings and discussions between Gaga and Target were intense and that no matter how much Gaga asked them to start affiliating themselves with LGBT programs to make up for their mistakes in the past, they couldn’t make it work. Your loss Target.