Lady Gaga has reportedly dissolved a deal with Target over the retail chain’s political donations to MN Forward, a political action group that supported the anti-gay candidate Tom Emmer in a failed run for governor in Minnesota last year. Emmer had supported a Christian rock organization that advocated violence against gays and supported a proposed state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
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Gaga’s deal with Target, which included giving the store an exclusive expanded edition of her forthcoming album Born This Way, was contingent upon the big box chain showing support to LGBT charity groups. In a recent interview, Gaga told Billboard that she was not comfortable with the Target partnership from the start, and that she had hoped to use her leverage in this deal to push the company to redeem themselves for having supported MN Forward and other anti-gay groups.
The details of the broken deal have not yet been made public. Since Target has already given away free MP3s of “Born This Way” with internet pre-orders of the new album, the Target exclusive edition may not be scrapped.
Gaga Dissolves Deal With Target [Advocate]