If you've been holding off on purchasing a Xbox 360, and you're intrigued by the Kinect, Target's weekend deal is quite an attractive one indeed. Through Sunday, consumers can pick up the 360/Kinect bundle which, as an added bonus, includes a $100 Target gift card. The bundle runs $299, and includes a 4GB Xbox 360, the Kinect itself, and a copy of Kinnect Adventures. It's a great deal for the money, and a nice way to start your 360 library, especially since some older (but still excellent) titles find themselves generously discounted.
Still, Target's recent history has left a bad taste in the mouths of GLBT (and GLBT-friendly) consumers. The Minneapolis-based company faced fierce criticism during Minnesota's gubernatorial campaign, when it donated $150,000 to MN Forward, a conservative PAC that supported Tom Emmer. The Republican candidate was seen as quite socially conservative, proposing an amendment to the state constitution that would forbid recognition of any marriage other than "between one man and one woman." Emmer lost, but the anti-gay marriage amendment will be put on the 2012 ballot, with Target's CEO stating that the company will remain neutral on the prospective ban.
Unfortunately, one is faced with the depressing reality that right-wing bigots are those most likely to be "business friendly" -- i.e. willing to shovel piles of money down the collective gullet of large corporations, until their stomachs burst in a thundering cash-splosion that can be heard across the Atlantic -- so depending on the degree of one's cynicism, supporting Target over any other giant retailer may or may not be an issue.
A brief (or not so brief) aside awaits you after the jump!
On a personal note, as the official Minnesotan of GayGamer, I feel a long-overdue apology is in order. Whether it's Target's unsavory political contributions, Bachmann and her Charlie Manson eyes - never mind the portable Thorazine drip that keep that banshee from shrieking about "the opening of the Fourth Seal" in public - or Tim Pawlenty and his drivel about the Obammunist peril tearing asunder of all that is right and good about America (see "constantly waving flags and fearing brown people" for further clarification), Minnesota's name has been thoroughly dragged through the mud. Once a forgettable little flyover state, these weasels have made my Midwestern Motherland the prime exporter of "batsh*t insane," and frankly, I'm sick to death of it. Believe it or not, we are, at our core, a highly progressive people - at least, in the metro area. Minneapolis is known for its Pride Festival -- strangely enough, Target is a donor, due to the fact that
gays and lesbians have wallets too the company maintains a commitment to respect and diversity - and Minneapolis was recently profiled on the Daily Show (link NSFW), much to my amusement as "the gayest city in America." We do in fact have a thriving GLBT community - having been a bit of a traveler in my youth, I'm particularly aware of the prevalence of "out and proud" gays and lesbians - and the remarkable thing is that in spite of it all, no one really seems to notice. This is part of the reason I have such a sincere love of the city; it's like an odd little window into what things will be like after the ugliness of homophobia (largely) passes - when social progress forces us out of our collective psychosis and we finally discover that, against all odds, we have nothing to fear from the loss of our national bigotry.
As always, here's to hoping.