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.
The retailer offered an explanation in a statement to MTV News, writing: “At Target, we focus on offering our guests a wide assortment of physical CDs, so our selection of new releases is dedicated to physical CDs rather than titles that are released digitally in advance of the street date.”
“The claims made about Target’s decision to not carry the Frank Ocean album are absolutely false,” the company added in a separate comment to MTV. “Target supports inclusivity and diversity in every aspect of our business. Our assortment decisions are based on a number of factors, including guest demand.”
Ultimately, Clancy ended up taking down the tweet and issuing an apology of sorts: “Note to self: Take your own advice. Emotional knee-jerk reacting isn’t the move.”
The takeaway here? Twitter should really start a companion site called Apology Twitter, a space reserved exclusively for Twitter oopsies.