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Target won't sell Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange'


A lot of people are hopped up on Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, but Target is not one of them.

The retail giant had been planning on stocking the physical album back when everyone thought the crooner’s debut would be released July 17. But when Team Ocean coordinated an early iTunes release of the album last Monday, Target had a change of heart.

And Ocean’s manager Christian Clancy was none too happy about it. Clancy went to his Twitter account to vent, writing: “Target has refused to carry Frank’s album because of iTunes exclusive. Interesting since they also donate to non-equal rights organizations.”

Clancy was likely referring to past donations the Minneapolis-based company made to a political organization that supported Tom Emmer, a right-wing politician who unsuccessfully campaigned to become Minnesota’s governor back in 2010. Still, it’s doubtful that Target’s reasoning had anything to do with Ocean’s partial coming-out letter: as many have pointed out, Target not only carries albums from a number of LGBTQIA artists (Adam Lambert and Elton John, to start), but they also sell Gay Pride t-shirts.


Target takes jokey Whitney Houston greeting card off shelves

How soon is too soon?

It can be hard to tell sometimes when the joke came before the soon. Such is the case with a Whitney Houston-themed greeting card carried by Target before the diva’s Feb. 11 death and still on shelves that read:

“Next time you think of dating the bad boy, consider Whitney Houston. That’s all I’m going to say.”

The card has since been removed from Target’s shelves, the retail giant announced. The company also released a statement, saying:

“It is never our intent to offend guests with the products we offer, and we take feedback from guests very seriously. The card was in our stores prior to Ms. Houston’s death. As soon as this was brought to our attention, we began the process of removing the card from all applicable stores.”

But by no longer carrying the fairly distasteful, barely humorous card, Target has actually rocketed the item’s value, indirectly creating a rare new slice of Whitney Houston memorabilia. It shouldn’t be long ’til the card shows up on eBay.

What do you think, reader? Is the card just crass enough to be pulled from Target’s shelves now, or so crass that it should never had made it into the store in the first place? Let us know where Target falls on the bullseye.


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