Christian Clancy, manager to Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Em All affiliate Frank Ocean, has apologized to Target for insinuating that they refused to carry his client’s album because he came out about his sexuality, reports ABC News.
“I apologize for my comments about Target,” said Clancy. “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. … Stop. Breath. Do the best you can. Be honest. Keep it moving.”
Picket signs at the ready, members of the LGBT community — and equality advocates — were ready to go to war over Target’s alleged decision not to carry Frank Ocean’s highly anticipated album “Channel Orange” because of his admittance that his first love was a man.
Clancy initially took to the Twittersphere with the following message:
“Target has refused to carry Frank’s album because of iTunes exclusive,” he tweeted. “Interesting since they also donate to non-equal rights organizations.”
Target has come under fire in the past for it’s homophobic tendencies, including donating money to anti-gay politicians, leading to boycotts from the LGBT community. Lady Gaga also canceled a $10 million dollar partnership with the company because of its hard-line conservative affiliations and refusal to comply with the agreed upon terms:
“That discussion was one of the most intense conversations I’ve ever had in a business meeting,” the singer told Billboard.com. “Part of my deal with Target is that they have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they’ve made in the past…our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they’ve made supporting those groups.”
After that fiasco, Target began selling pro-gay T-shirts in support of a group working to defeat a ban on gay marriage, NewsOne previously reported. And they have been quick to go on the defensive in response to Clancy:
“The claims made about Target’s decision to not carry the Frank Ocean album are absolutely false. 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 has a longstanding tradition of supporting music and artistry that reflects the diverse landscape of American culture. Our history of partnering with diverse artists includes recent partnerships with a variety of musicians, such as Ricky Martin, B.o.B., and Gloria Estefan.”
Maybe Clancy was too quick with the apology. According to ABC News, Target does currently stock another album, 2011’s platinum-selling “Watch the Throne,” by rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West, which was first exclusively available on iTunes.
There are a number of old sayings that could apply here, but perhaps the most accurate is “a leopard never changes his spots.”