From Alex's critique of Lady Gaga's new single, "Born This Way," and the special deal the singer struck with Target, comes this comment from Projector redball. When did you discover the LGBT blogosphere? Where did you get the bulk of your queer news and opinion? Do you share your sources with your friends? If so, how?
Excellent critique. I disagree with one passage, where you write:
"I don't expect Lady Gaga to care about all this, but there were lots of orgs and LGBT people calling for a boycott of Target and I would expect people who generally keep up with the queer news to have a vague recollection of these events."
My issue is that very few non-queer people, and even many queer people, do not keep up with LGBT news sources. I am 29 and although I came out of the closet at age 19, I only discovered online LGBT news blogs at the age of 26. My relatively late discovery was not due to lack of interest. There was simply no one in my social circle discussing these sources and I was completely ignorant that they even existed. For many, many years, my only LGBT news source was the hard-copy publication, Bay Windows (I live in Boston). It was only when I met my current boyfriend at age 26 that I discovered all these interesting online gay media outlets, because he follows them on a daily basis.
What I'm saying is, I think it's quite unfair to bash Gaga over a news item that many gays and non-gays are completely unaware of. Not everyone reads special-interest news blogs. It's quite easy to be openly gay or openly gay-supporting and yet not know about or read these blogs or other LGBT media outlets.
My guess is that Gaga had little to no idea about Target's record and that, had someone informed her of the corporate fuckery, she would've made different choices.