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Target refuse to stock Frank Ocean’s album… nothing to do homosexuality, obviously

by | 13th, July 2012

EVEN though Frank Ocean’s ‘coming out’ was a huge relief for some (for others, not so much because he’s far from the first non-straight person to be involved in the world of rap), there are problems that come with it. These problems surround the kind of berk who has a massive issue with other people’s sex lives.

And so, to US megachain, Target, who have decided that they don’t want to stock Ocean’s new album – Channel Orange – despite the fact it is, quite possibly, the best soul record since D’Angelo and Erykah Badu started cutting wax. Yes, really. He’s that good.

While the whole world and its dog does backflips over the release, Target aren’t convinced. They aren’t stocking the album, not because Frank Ocean has made love to a man, but rather, they feel that no-one will be interested in the release. The release that currently sits atop the iTunes download chart this week.

A spokesman for Target said that this baffling decision was based on “a number of factors, including guest demand”, adding that “the claims made about Target’s decision to not carry the Frank Ocean album are absolutely false. Target supports inclusivity and diversity in every aspect of our business. Target has a longstanding tradition of supporting music and artistry that reflects the diverse landscape of American culture.”

Now. Shall we have a look at Target’s past and see how much they don’t care about people’s sexuality?

Since 2010, Target have been boycotted by members of the gay and lesbian community over the chain’s donations to anti-gay groups and politicians. Target donated $150,000 to Minnesota Forward, a Republican political action committee, who used the funds to run TV ads on behalf of Tom Emmer.

That’d be the Tom Emmer who wants to ban gay marriage and, himself, made donations to president of a right wing group called Bradlee Dean who said: “Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America… they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible of the Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than even the American Christians do… They know homosexuality is an abomination.”

That’d be Emmer who said in a televised debate, that he would oppose legislation that was being put forward to combat school bullying against gay and lesbian young people. LGBT advocate Lady GaGa revoked an exclusive deluxe release of her Born This Way album thanks to Target’s views.

But their not stocking of the wildly popular Frank Ocean album has nothing to do with any of the above at all, okay?



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