Yesterday, Odd Future tour manager Christian Clancy dropped some surprising news on Twitter. In a tweet that he eventually deleted, he wrote, “Target has refused to carry Franks album due to iTunes exclusive. Interesting since they also donate to non equal rights organizations.” Not surprsingly, the retail giant has found itself the center of some controversy.
The knee-jerk reaction, as Clancy described it in a later tweet, was understandable, but Target insists that the decision to avoid selling Ocean’s stellar debut album, Channel Orange, has nothing to do with his coming out last week. In a statement, the chain’s spokesperson clarified:
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…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.
Sorry, moms! Looks like you’ll have to get your kids to teach you how to download things on iTunes after all or, you know, go to some big-box bookstore chain and pay sixteen bucks for that physical CD.