Frank Ocean’s Manager Accuses Target of Homophobia, Then Takes It Back
Is it a real controversy, or something just raging in the mind of Frank Ocean manager Christian Clancy? Clancy hit up Twitter yesterday with a post that accused Target of refusing to carry physical copies of the Odd Future member’s new solo album ‘Channel Orange’ because of the retailer’s supposed spotty record when it comes to relations with the LGTB community, not because of the disc’s surprise surprise iTunes digital pre-release, as had been claimed.
It’s pertinent, of course, because Ocean recently came out via a Tumblr post of his own — and, as Billboard pointed out, Target should not have been blindsided by the iTunes early release because it’s been known of this whole time. That said, Target, of course, is having none of it.
“The claims made about Target’s decision to not carry the Frank Ocean album are absolutely false,” reads a statement. “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.”
Clancy quickly took back his accusation, since tweeting that it was “simply an emotional knee jerk reaction” and clarifying that Target is “not carrying Frank’s album because it went digital first. Not for ANY other reason.”
Maybe he really believes that, maybe he doesn’t — all we’re saying is that that was a quick turnaround.