Target found itself in a slight controversy earlier today when Odd Future manager Christian Clancy wrote, and subsequently deleted, a tweet intimating that the retail behemoth would not carry OF member Frank Ocean's debut album Channel Orange in part because the R&B singer came out last week.
“Target has refused to carry Franks album due to iTunes exclusive," Clancy tweeted. "Interesting since they also donate to non equal rights organizations.”
When asked for comment, a Target spokesperson told Fuse that the company's policy was to not offer CDs if the artist had already released their album digitally prior to its official release date. Ocean released Channel Orange unexpectedly on iTunes Monday night.
"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 realized digitally in advance of the street date," said the spokesperson. Asked for clarification, the spokesperson confirmed that Target's policy included Channel Orange.
"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," said the spokesperson. "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 has since taken to his Twitter page to apologize for accusing the chain of wrongdoing.
Ocean came out in an emotional post on his Tumblr page last week, writing that his first love was a man at the age of 19. "By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless...It changed my life," Ocean wrote.
Additional reporting by Jonathan Stern