Target made a $150,000 donation on July 6 to a nonprofit, MN Forward. Six other Minnesota businesses, including Best Buy (BBY), followed suit with $100,000 gifts. MN Forward then ran an ad for Tom Emmer, an outspoken opponent of gay marriage who faces an Aug. 10 primary. The ad didn't mention Emmer's position on the issue, focusing instead on his opposition to taxes and spending.There's a Facebook page in support of Target, too.
Still, gay-rights advocates saw the donation as a betrayal by Target, which has long cultivated support among gays by, for example, providing health benefits to domestic partners and sponsoring Twin Cities Pride, an annual celebration. Since the contribution became public, as required under Minnesota law, calls for a boycott and other protests have mounted on YouTube (GOOG) and Facebook. "We feel betrayed," says Jeffrey Henson of Portland, Ore., who started an anti-Target Facebook group that has almost 40,000 followers. Protesters have also stood outside Target stores with placards denouncing the company.
Saturday, August 07, 2010
From the "walk lockstep with me or I'll boycott" category
Both sides of the political aisle have their narrow-minded, "walk lockstep with me or I'll boycott" groups. This time it's the libs screaming about Target stores: