Target Lashes Lady Gaga in Gay Rights Flap

We have changed our ways, company insists
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 10, 2011 5:00 AM CST
US singer and musician Lady Gaga presents creations by Thierry Mugler during the Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 ready-to-wear collection show on March 2, 2011 in Paris. AFP PHOTO/Francois Guillot   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Target is blasting back at Lady Gaga who dumped a business deal with the discount retailer because she says the corporation didn't live up to promises to support the gay and lesbian community. "Target remains committed to the LGBT community as demonstrated by our contributions to LGBT organizations, our Policy Committee to review our political giving, and our inclusive workplace environment," Target said in a statement. The company came under fire last year for a $150,000 donation to a political action committee supporting a failed Minnesota gubernatorial candidate opposed to gay marriage, notes the New York Daily News.

Gaga planned to release a special edition of her upcoming CD Born This Way in Target stores, but only if the company made "amends" for past political actions. E! Online is reporting that the deal broke down because Target refused to promise that it would never donate to anti-gay organizations or politicians again.

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