It was only a matter of time before a slight aimed at Frank Ocean got wrapped up in an anti-gay controversy and Target happens to be first in line on the receiving end of the backlash.
The mega-retailer has reportedly decided not to sell T=the artist’s newest CD, “Channel Orange,” because he released it on iTunes last night, one week ahead of its July 17 release. Frank’s manager, Christian Clancy, has other ideas about why the CD won’t be sold on the store’s shelves, and of course he aired those sentiments on Twitter.
Homosexual discrimination certainly isn’t outside the realm of possibility but it does seem unlikely in this instance. For those who still buy CDs, Target is their go-to place and I imagine from a business perspective to place an order for X amount of CDs that likely won’t get sold now because people can and already are buying it online is not a loss Target is willing to take.
It would be quite bold for Target in the land of GLAAD to discriminate against Frank on the basis of his sexual orientation, particularly when his whole “coming out” put him in the minds of a lot of potential fans who didn’t even know who he was before last week. Anything is possible but this seems like one of those instances where someone got too happy with the d-word as we often do when it comes to racism.
What’s your take? Is Target’s stance a business choice or a discriminatory one?
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