Thursday, March 10, 2011

One more reason to be Gaga

Towleroad blog is reporting Lady Gaga has nixed her deal with Target citing the company's decision in 2010 to support the anti-gay, Republican politician as the reason for its dissolution.

Target has issued the following 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.”

Gaga has consistently used her celebrity status to ask her fans to support GLBT rights including the elimination of DOMA, Don't Ask Don't Tell and support for same sex marriage. In the past she's issued videos showing her calling her representatives in Congrees and urged her fans to do the same.

By virtue of entering talks with Target and walking away citing Target's past political contributions she has successfully raised the issue again; much to the dismay of Target executives who tried to do damage control when the story first broke. I'd like to see Gaga work with Target (and maybe she will in the near future), but I'm also happy that Target's political contributions from 2010 have not been forgotten.

Gaga using her fame and speaking to fans asking Congress to repeal DADT.


VpO said...

Love Lady Gaga!

Jacob Woods said...

It is so absurd that people get upset over Targets support of a Republican candidate. they still support the GLBT rights! And they are also a company that needs to keep in mind their own needs to keep them running. Even if that means endorsing a republican candidate through a pac, I don't have a problem with it.

BosGuy said...

I hear what you are saying and can appreciate your perspective, but I wonder out loud what would be the reaction if that PAC supported candidates who were outwardly anti-semitic or made a career out of bashing Catholics?

I think that the resentment would be 10-X what Target saw for supporting this PAC.

I give Lady Gaga a lot of credit. I don't suggest that everyone else needs to or should do the same, but I can appreciate her activism and would not disregard it.