Target had a big store manager meeting, and the corporation was able to get some stars to show up:
Other stars who do have deals with Target did perform for several thousand store managers on Tuesday.
Our spies report that Ricky Martin and Jennifer Hudson have rocked the day-long meeting thus far.
At last August's meeting, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Keith Urban and Enrique Iglesias entertained 10,000 Big Red managers.
Wow, those are some big names. Remind me again why Target donated to a political campaign whose guiding philosophy was that lower taxes are needed for corporations to even keep their doors open in the state and that those tax breaks had to come at the expense of schools and low-income housing? If anything, it seems like these people could be paying more in taxes.
But it's interesting that Ricky Martin was there. He was someplace else this weekend:
Last Saturday, March 19, GLAAD honored singer Ricky Martin and music mogul Russell Simmoms at the Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York (see press releases in English and in Spanish). GLAAD Awards will be presented in Los Angeles at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel on Sunday, April 10, and in San Francisco at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis on Saturday, May 14, as well.
Karen has a long video of Craig Zadan's introduction of Ricky Martin at the GLAAD awards, and Zaden outlines why Martin won: he's hot, he's charming, he came out, he had a successful album last year, he wrote an autobiography entitled Me (yup, no ego there), and he's done some very fashionable charity work.
Look, I know these awards are there to get a big star to show up so then a nonprofit corporation like GLAAD can fundraise a bit. I'm not criticizing the fact that Ricky Martin got this award - the schmoozy side of show biz isn't going to die without me.
But what does get me is that Martin's being held up as some kind of gay icon not just while he gave an exclusive deal to Target, which still hasn't said that it would screen the campaigns it donates to for their positions on LGBT issues much less get out of politics altogether, to distribute his album in February, but because he's willing to make deals like that with corporations that will do everything in their power to make our lives shit if they think they can make a buck off it.
I say "because" instead of "while" because there is a direct cause-and-effect relationship here. If Martin were unwilling to compromise his values and not work with soulless corporations, we wouldn't even know he exists at this point. Sure, celebrities like him and Lady Gaga can control some of the material damage their privilege exerts on the rest of us by shunning the most egregious corporations, but they really can't just give them all up and still have the visibility necessary to get honored by nonprofit corporations like GLAAD for their visibility.
The issue is that this all causes confusion and makes people mix up substance and style. Of course I love the fact that someone so famous, especially in latino communities, like Ricky Martin came out, but what about the fact that corporate media also actively works to keep stars in the closet? Why can't we have a more diverse media landscape that would allow for more difference, generally, which would include more difference when it came to sexuality as well?
Anyway, I don't see why, after helping homophobes raise major cash while being honored for being so great to the rest of us, Martin had to go and suck some Target cock.
img src , h/t to all the people who made me aware of Ricky Martin's deal with Target after my last few posts on Lady Gaga, and the first link was via Pink News