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Target’s Dazzling ‘Kaleidoscopic Fashion Spectacular’ Was Enjoyed By Gay Protesters, Too

So how did Target’s “Kaleidoscopic Fashion Spectacular” in New York City go? Beautifully! If you discount the protesters down on the ground.

The embattled retailer’s amped-up unveiling of its fall line was actually quite dazzling, as you can see in this photo from self-professed tastemaker Castor Sparks. (Mr. Sparks also says “With Target all over the negative-Nancy news these days (they apologized; move on), it was refreshing to see something fun and whimsical related to the brand. … Target, if at any time you proved you like the gays, tonight was the night.” Ok!) The Standard Hotel, in the Meatpacking District, was all aglow with lights and sounds you could probably see from Jersey.

And then there were the angry gays down below who were “waving homemade signs using the Target logo to spell ‘Bigot’ and ‘H8’ [and] shouted ‘shame, shame, shame’ at guests as they streamed out of the Target Kaleidoscopic Fashion Spectacular on Washington Street.” (Yes, gay scenesters like Sparks were among the crowd.)

Except it’s not just a couple of street ‘mos who’ve got a problem with Target’s financial contributions. Even big-stake shareholders — concerned about the company’s reputation — are harshing on Target, insisting the company reexamine its political donation process. LAT: “The three management firms sponsoring the resolution — Calvert Asset Management, Trillium Asset Management and Walden — together hold $57.5 million of Target stock. Other institutional investors, including the giant New York state pension fund and union investment managers, are considering co-signing the resolution, which calls on Target’s independent directors to review the criteria and risks in making donations to organizations active in political campaigns.”

It’s almost enough to make you want to shop at Walmart.

By:          Max Simon
On:           Aug 20, 2010
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    • RomanHans

      I’m boycotting Target, and I was there. In fact, I’m guessing a fifth or sixth of the crowd was gay men. If Target want to spend millions for a free show, fine. It was absolutely stunning, probably the coolest dance project of the year. But that’s not going to stop us from saying their campaign donations were thoughtless, their refusal to back down until the heterosexual press got involved was reprehensible, and their clothes, as debuted at the show, looked like absolute crap.

      Aug 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C

      Low paid teens, badly dressed and dancing inside a giant Tetris board. No thanks.

      Aug 20, 2010 at 6:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DJ

      Oh, you naive souls. :-)


      In the wake of the uproar over Target’s spending on politics, a federal judge was asked Friday by abortion opponents and other backers of GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer to block a state law that requires such disclosures by corporations.

      Both sides say an injunction could allow corporations to skip that reporting deadline and another just before the November elections and spend unlimited money on political advertising without needing to disclose any of it.

      Aug 21, 2010 at 6:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DJ

      “There will be no disclosure when Target, 3M, Cargill, whoever, decides to make independent expenditures in October,” said Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Dan Rogan.

      Aug 21, 2010 at 6:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • L.

      Looking at the linked slideshow, it appears there was a grand total of… three protesters. Investors are crapping their pants.

      Aug 23, 2010 at 10:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
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