Frank Ocean's manager accused Target of hating gays
Discount retailer Target and singer Frank Ocean's manager are locked in a battle to the death over the chain's decision to not sell Ocean's debut album, Channel Orange. Target says they're unhappy the album was an iTunes exclusive before its street release date, while Christian Clancy implied in a tweet it was because Ocean announced he was gay. Never mind there have been plenty accusations that Ocean's coming out may potentially be a PR stunt.
"Target has refused to carry Frank's album because of iTunes exclusive. Interesting since they also donate to non-equal rights organizations," Clancy wrote in a tweet Tuesday he has since deleted, according to Billboard. Target last year cancelled a TV campaign with Lady Gaga over alleged misgivings because Target supported anti-gay political candidates.
"The claims made about Target's decision to not carry the Frank Ocean album are absolutely false," the retailer said in a statement to Billboard. "Target supports inclusivity and diversity in every aspect of our business. Our assortment decisions are based on a number of factors, including guest demand." Target later noted it " is dedicated to physical CDs rather than titles that are released digitally in advance of the street date."
Clancy said he was sorry on Twitter later: ""I apologize for my comments about Target. They are not carrying Frank's album because it went digital first. Not for ANY other reason. … My response was simply an emotional knee jerk reaction." On Twitter? Do go on.
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