Video: Musical protest inside West Seattle Target store

August 16, 2010 at 9:48 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle video | 91 Comments

(New info added Tuesday midday – scroll down)

That video is getting West Seattle a bit of national attention tonight in the ongoing controversy over Target‘s donation to a group backing a Minnesota candidate with a history of opposing gay rights (folding in the “corporate personhood” controversy too). The musical protest took place in the Westwood Village Target store on Saturday, apparently around 11 am; we didn’t hear about it till afterward, and weren’t able at the time to confirm it, but you can tell by watching even just a few seconds of that video that it was shot inside the local store. Thanks to Amy for sending the link tonight. (The Target boycott had been discussed a week earlier in the WSB Forums.) ADDED 10:30 PM: Doing a bit more research on this – the credits attribute it in part to Agit-Pop, which bills itself as a “subvertising agency”. Going to try to see if anyone there will reveal why they chose the West Seattle Target, as opposed to the hundreds and hundreds of others in the U.S. 11:13 PM NOTE: As commenters point out, Agit-Pop has a Seattle office and the co-credited organization Backbone Campaign is Vashon-based, so the WS choice isn’t such a mystery.

ADDED 11:50 AM TUESDAY: Just heard back from Bill Moyer at Backbone, who explains, “Performers were participants in our Localize this! Artful Action Camp. This was the final and the location was chosen because of its proximity.” The Backbone website has the schedule for last week’s camp – you’ll see that Saturday’s schedule included “Flashmob Field Trip.”

91 Comments

  1. Love it! Flash mob protest!

    Comment by Terriba — 10:02 pm August 16, 2010 #

  2. We saw them rehearsing while playing with our son at Roxhill Park. When I asked if they were shooting a music video. One of the guys told me “uh, no, check Moveon.org on Monday”

    Comment by Amanda — 10:04 pm August 16, 2010 #

  3. So cool!!

    Comment by Spikele — 10:06 pm August 16, 2010 #

  4. Umm, Target has routinely been rated the most philanthropic corporation in the US. If I were choosing a target for this, Target would not have been the one. Corporations support candidates not because of their social stances; they support the candidates who provide the promise of favorable fiscal policy. Target isn’t anti-gay–they are pro lower taxes. I’m a liberal, but even I can understand that …

    Comment by bridge to somewhere — 10:11 pm August 16, 2010 #

  5. Well said bridge to somewhere.

    Comment by Amanda — 10:14 pm August 16, 2010 #

  6. So nice to see people stand up for what they believe in. Corporate America needs to learn we are not just blind consumers and we do still have some power.

    Comment by Cathy — 10:15 pm August 16, 2010 #

  7. I’m taking all my business to Wal-Mart! I know they care about the common man.

    Comment by SomeGuy — 10:17 pm August 16, 2010 #

  8. Thanks, Amanda. Here’s the video embedded in a moveon.org page = http://pol.moveon.org/state/target
    .
    And now that you point it out – the “other98″ which is the user name for the YT account that posted it is the name of a MoveOn campaign, per its home page.
    .
    FWIW, there’s also a shorter version of the video. (about 2 minutes, compared to more than 4)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7leov_cxssE
    .
    The last frame gives credit to Agit-Pop http://www.agit-pop.com and the Backbone Campaign. We’ll try to see if anyone will tell us why they chose this Target, out of all the Targets in the land …

    Comment by WSB — 10:17 pm August 16, 2010 #

  9. That’s RAD..I wish I would have known so I could have been a part of it.

    Comment by AlkiCabCompany — 10:18 pm August 16, 2010 #

  10. Well said Bridge to Somewhere!

    The message at the end of the video states “Target quit buying politicians”. I would have to counter their message with “Politicians quit allowing corporations to buy you out”. Campaign reform in my view is necessary to provide the change many of us seek in the political system, although, I find this to be a far fetched dream since most politicians would never give up political donations from Corporate America.

    Comment by Tony — 10:22 pm August 16, 2010 #

  11. @bridge to somewhere: The message I got is that Target supports a candidate that is anti-gay and anti-worker. I know that corporations rate their success on their profitability, but why do they chose profits at the expense of workers?

    Comment by Born To Be Mild — 10:28 pm August 16, 2010 #

  12. That is so ironic they chose the music from a Depeche Mode song called People Are People where the original lyrics are about not understanding why people hate each other…

    -
    “So we’re different colours
    And we’re different creeds
    And different people have different needs
    It’s obvious you hate me
    Though I’ve done nothing wrong
    I’ve never even met you so what could I have done

    I can’t understand
    What makes a man
    Hate another man
    Help me understand”
    -

    I wonder how intentional that actually was?

    Comment by M — 10:33 pm August 16, 2010 #

  13. Profits at the expense of workers? Target? The group Human Rights Campaign gave Target a perfect score of 100 on their Corporate Equality Index and “Best Places to Work” survey. Calm down the witch hunt — I think you have got the wrong company

    Comment by bridge to somewhere — 10:34 pm August 16, 2010 #

  14. Well, it took me all of 15 seconds to find out that Agit-Pop Communications has an “office” in Seattle, which I assume is probably why they targeted a Target in West Seattle instead of targeting a Target in Branson, Missouri. Jouranimalism – it’s what we say it’s good for you!

    Comment by trstr — 10:41 pm August 16, 2010 #

  15. Wow, amazing….West Seattle, Liberal, Democrat…hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Didn’t see that coming. I have an idea for you—-take your moron Murray with you and go eff yourself, you are literally one breath away for socialism you freaks of nature.

    Comment by John — 10:44 pm August 16, 2010 #

  16. Just another reason why I love West Seattle so much.

    Comment by Escondido — 10:54 pm August 16, 2010 #

  17. The guy I talked to in the Target parking lot after the protest was from Backbone something or another from Vashon Island. Maybe the location selection had to do with proximity.

    Comment by M — 11:03 pm August 16, 2010 #

  18. Thanks, trstr, we saw that part of their site too. That still doesn’t answer why this one in particular, as opposed to the other two cities where they have offices, as opposed to the other ones in the metro area
    http://sites.target.com/site/en/spot/state_results.jsp?state=WA
    .
    Could be the closest to their office, maybe they stuck a pin on a map while blindfolded, whatever. I may be the only one who cares; gonna ask ‘em anyway – TR
    .
    P.S. Just saw M’s comment. Backbone Campaign is also credited along with Agit-Pop. Ding-ding-ding, I think you win. Headquartered on Vashon, straight down Barton from Westwood to the ferry dock and off you go.
    http://www.backbonecampaign.org/page.cfm?id=30

    Comment by WSB — 11:04 pm August 16, 2010 #

  19. When Target starts getting into the political game and giving money to politicians, they’re going to get blowback as someone will have a problem with the person they’re giving money to. So what’s a charitable company to do? How about… stay out of politics. Just a thought. Just another example of why the Citizen United decision hurts our country.

    I applaud them for making their voices heard and in such an entertaining fashion. Sure beats chanting. If I would have been there I’d be dancing and singing along… then picking up some cheap-ass toilet paper.

    Comment by Chackey — 11:05 pm August 16, 2010 #

  20. I’m kind of curious if a publicly-held company can make a donation to a political campaign without approval of the stockholders. If so, when did Target take this so-called donation to their shareholders for approval?

    Comment by arborheightsdad — 11:07 pm August 16, 2010 #

  21. John: Seattle is a pretty damn nice place to live, chock full of liberal Democrats as it is. May I suggest somewhere a little less socialistic for you… say Branson, MO?

    trstr: Congrats on being an a**hole.

    Comment by Chackey — 11:14 pm August 16, 2010 #

  22. It looks like average Target shoppers engaging in normal shopping activity to me…..

    Comment by DGS — 11:23 pm August 16, 2010 #

  23. Pardon me but doesn’t Move on also give money to causes and political candidates? I assume they only give to people who support their beliefs or positions. So what is the difference. I seriously believe the main thing they were looking at was that the guy was pro business.

    Comment by clark5080 — 11:29 pm August 16, 2010 #

  24. Well, given that the action was targeted at Target as a corporate target for targeting its donations to someone who has targeted GLBTs instead of the West Seattle Target being targeted because of some infraction that the West Seattle Target has specifically committed, then it’s really rather simple to comprehend that this Target was targeted because that target was easy to target… or at least easier to target than the “hundreds and hundreds of other” Targets “in the U.S.” Again, this was answered by a simple targeted search on Google, which plain old common sense revealed why the Target was targeted: it was the Target easiest to target.

    If that simple observation makes me an a**hole, as if holding journalists to account for their alleged journalism is particularly a**holish, then fine, I can accept being targeted as an a**hole.

    Comment by trstr — 11:32 pm August 16, 2010 #

  25. I would be more worried and upset about this
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF0_jJRXPhQ

    Comment by clark5080 — 11:35 pm August 16, 2010 #

  26. These people are idiots. Go complain about something that matters. How about all the crap that is going down in the other countries? No? Just anti gay crap? Stupid people. Get back to your tree it needs to be hugged.

    Comment by Steph — 11:42 pm August 16, 2010 #

  27. I just found a very similar comment, using the very same phrase, you made on another news website trstr.

    You are hardly holding journalists accountable! You are simply a traveling troll. What makes you think you’ve got it right without anything to corroborate your speculation from the ad company?

    REAL journalists check and that is exactly what WSB is doing. It’s why they have Emmy awards and all you have is speculation and spleen.

    Comment by d — 12:02 am August 17, 2010 #

  28. Target makes political donations through their PAC…

    What is being protested is a donation outside the PAC made by the CEO of Target to a political action group in Minnesota that is rabidly anti-gay.

    Personally i think any donation made outside of a PAC by any corporation ought to be targeted for protest regardless of where it is made… and this video highlights that very well…

    But Target’s corporate policy is supposedly inclusive of gays… and target aims much of it’s advertising at the highly lucrative gay market.

    So it is no wonder this didn’t go over well.

    What should go over even worse is that we would never have known about the donation had it been made in a state without the strict campaign finance laws found in Minnesota.

    Don’t you want to know whether or not you are personally financing the advertising supporting policies you don’t believe in with your shopping dollars?

    I do.

    Comment by JoB — 12:20 am August 17, 2010 #

  29. I videotaped myself sitting at home ignoring them, if anyone would like to see that.
    .
    I can guarantee it’s not nearly as shaky or noisy.
    .
    But good job educating the 10 or so people in your section of the store, kids!
    .
    Oh, and curious they “targeted” a chain that has actually been on the forefront of extending domestic-partner benefits to same-sex couples. Have political protests really become a matter of “what have you done for me lately”?

    Comment by Michael — 12:29 am August 17, 2010 #

  30. They should have filled out job ap’s while they were there.

    Comment by Gary — 12:58 am August 17, 2010 #

  31. The CEO of Target publicly apologized for this incident way back on August 5th and promised to put review procedures in place so this wouldn’t happen again. So why is this still news almost two weeks later?

    http://articles.sfgate.com/2010-08-05/news/22206334_1_target-ceo-gregg-steinhafel-donation-target-spokeswoman

    Comment by Ken — 1:18 am August 17, 2010 #

  32. This particular spectacle having been staged inside a West Seattle store is what’s news for our site. But separate from that, note the article that’s been linked in our item since it first hit the site. L.A. Times, dated *today*. Case not closed, at least for some, apparently. If you don’t want to scroll back up and follow the link, here it is:
    .
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-target-gays-20100817,0,6705480.story

    Comment by WSB — 1:28 am August 17, 2010 #

  33. Well, glad to see people exercising their free speech rights. Also glad to live in liberal (ish) West Seattle.

    @Steph –
    Yep stuff happening around the world is important. Can’t forget it. Need to stop some of it. Need to change a lot of it. But it’s not important enough to give up our own personal civil rights.

    I’m a pro gay rights hetero. Straight but not narrow.

    Although, oddly enough, I’m anti-labor. Dad was a steel worker, and the union he was a member of refused to take pay cuts to help keep his employer in business and competitive in the international market. We lost our house and he ended up working an even lower paying job than if he had been allowed by the union to take the pay cut. So yeah, unions can suck it. I vote against them every chance I get. I’m not bitter though :D

    Comment by West Side — 1:29 am August 17, 2010 #

  34. Corporations give money to politicians. This is not news. If the CEO of Target had decided to give money to a pro-gay politician, this wouldn’t be a big deal. But it is a big deal because the politician is anti-gay? It seems to me we have a bunch of people protesting because someone (or a corporation) doesn’t agree with their political views and they are being babies about it. This is ridiculous and immature. I guess they got the attention they were looking for.

    Comment by Jenna — 1:44 am August 17, 2010 #

  35. so they got their message out there….at least on the west seattle blog.
    3 days later and haven’t heard about this or seen it anywhere else.

    Comment by marna — 4:28 am August 17, 2010 #

  36. Having seen the video and after reviewing the comments here, I ain’t shoppin’ there.

    Oh, and for John, the guy who discusses politics by telling his fellow citizens to Eff themselves,
    I’d like him to know his reasoning failed to persuade me. Moron.

    Comment by Born To Be Mild — 5:51 am August 17, 2010 #

  37. boycott?
    better add anthropologie, urban outfitters & free people to the list which made financial contributions to sen. rick santorum who equated gay sex to incest & bestiality.

    google antrhopologie + rick santorum to find article by philadelphia weekly

    Comment by camp long neighbor — 6:30 am August 17, 2010 #

  38. Spectacle seems like a somewhat loaded word.

    Comment by charlabob — 6:30 am August 17, 2010 #

  39. target give me my toilet paper cheap but stay the eff out of my politics please!!!!!!!!!! the more we can stand up (in 2010 sense of the word…$$$) to companies who rule this country- the better off we’ll be. we haven’t shopped @ target and we’re just about to do our $600 school shop… with a big family- target was an alternative to walmart!

    Comment by happy about this — 6:45 am August 17, 2010 #

  40. Good for them – great lookin’ bunch.

    If I was Target I would direct my employees to join in and make it look like a planned Target event. Kind of like the field crew at M’s games. Maybe three/four times a day Even do a few on your own so theirs gets lost in the mix. It would be a great publicity stunt and would take the focus off of what these folks want it to be.

    People would start roaming stores in anticipation of the next gig – and probably buy things.

    Comment by Smitty — 6:47 am August 17, 2010 #

  41. Ha!

    Comment by CB — 6:58 am August 17, 2010 #

  42. that lead singer needed to shop down aisle 20 and get a razor and some cream for those fuzzy pits!

    Comment by WSMOM — 7:00 am August 17, 2010 #

  43. I can’t wait for the release of those hate mongers that signed ref 71 as well!! Nothing better than a little peaceful protest. I am guessing, despite Smitty thinking its like being at an M’s, that Target gets the message, loud and clear. If you remember back when they kicked out the Salvation Army Kettle Collectors back in 2002 (might have been 2003) they took a huge hit and then started to really promote their charitable givings to counter the backlash. Say what you want about Target, they know when they screwed up.

    Comment by Carson — 7:07 am August 17, 2010 #

  44. So, shouldn’t some of this anger be directed at the Congress that passed the law that made it perfectly legal for Target to do this? I don’t agree with their decision, but it is now their right to do this. Anyway, it’s not like they’re the first corporation to make a political donation that might not make everyone happy. For example, anybody buy gas lately?

    Comment by CM — 7:15 am August 17, 2010 #

  45. CM,
    I am pretty sure Congress passed a law that outlawed this, and the conservative Supreme Court (remember Obama at The State of the Union address?) overturned the law.

    Comment by Carson — 7:20 am August 17, 2010 #

  46. Just glad I didn’t run into these morons while shopping with the kids.

    Comment by Dave — 8:11 am August 17, 2010 #

  47. It was the Supreme Court that obfuscated campaign contribution in their last ruling. And to repeat what JoB said, it was MN law that “outed” the Target donation outsides PAC. And really the point and irony is that the anti-gay advocacy by the CEO runs counter to pro-gay consumer face Target is actively trying to garner. Yes, I am all for glee flash mob protest. Maybe the tea par-tay could take some clues on some . . . dance steps. I like shopping at Target.

    Comment by Bettytheyeti — 8:12 am August 17, 2010 #

  48. if boycott every store that does something “wrong” where will we all shop? Didn’t Target just do that charity shopping w/cops and kids?

    I heard that the head of Safeway hates cats!….

    Comment by wsg — 8:17 am August 17, 2010 #

  49. Hey, it’s just the magical wondrous free market at work! If you don’t like Target’s political stances, you protest and/or don’t shop there. That’s the risk Target takes when they choose to donate money.
    .
    But maybe the free market only applies to boycotting the Dixie Chicks or arugula or whatever evil progressive thing is the current enemy…

    Comment by Kayleigh — 8:23 am August 17, 2010 #

  50. meh

    Comment by Bob Loblaw — 8:23 am August 17, 2010 #

  51. SWEET!! I am glad that people are boycotting Target. Now, it won’t be so crowded when I want to go get my necessities!

    Comment by Dave Gahan — 8:31 am August 17, 2010 #

  52. Freaks! Get a life!

    Comment by Chris — 8:53 am August 17, 2010 #

  53. The bottom line to the whole thing is the Boycott, or threat of a Boycott worked. Target won’t be doing it again. This is all just a little rubbing it in their face, well deserved in my opinion.

    Comment by Carson — 8:58 am August 17, 2010 #

  54. As far as protests go, at least this was amusing, brief, and had a beat. If people really wanted to send a message, go to some other store and buy a bunch of Summer’s Eve and sneak it IN TO Target and place it on the shelves, and then loudly ask “When did Target become so ‘douchey’?”

    Well, it’ll make just as much difference…

    Comment by Stucco — 9:01 am August 17, 2010 #

  55. Suspect that Target – like many large corporations – donates to most any party in Minnesota that requests a campaign contribution. In business one wants to keep on good terms with everyone.

    Comment by margaritaville — 9:01 am August 17, 2010 #

  56. Like it or not, folks, it’s their right!

    Comment by Elsie — 9:05 am August 17, 2010 #

  57. Of course its their right, and its our right to call them out if we disagree. And if they thought was a good idea still, they wouldn’t have changed.

    Comment by Carson — 9:26 am August 17, 2010 #

  58. Target has made donations to both parties, and as mentioned above, they apologized very publicly. This is really a case of the protesters making a mountain out of a molehill. There are so many other things that this energy could be put into.

    Plus the video just seems very pretentious and self important.

    Comment by Jeff — 9:27 am August 17, 2010 #

  59. Way to stand up for what you believe!
    Thanks for having some fun with your 1st amendment rights and entertaining folks while you were at it!

    Comment by Yardvark — 9:27 am August 17, 2010 #

  60. Dave — I would have loved it if I had been shopping at Target with my children at the time. Democracy and Free Speech at work – and in a funny, non-violent way!

    Comment by Yeah Me — 9:50 am August 17, 2010 #

  61. WSB, thanks for the link — my post wasn’t intended as criticism of your coverage of the event. I see now I could have written it more clearly, sorry about that. My point was directed at the demonstrators — I was just wondering what else they wanted Target to do at this point? Although I’m fine if they want to do this anyway, at least it’s entertaining.

    Comment by Ken — 10:07 am August 17, 2010 #

  62. Of course these kind of corporate donations happen all the time, and it would be next to impossible to protest all these corporations. But making an example out of Target is important since we are now at the beginning of a new era where Corporations can give unabated, basically buying elections, thanks to our awesome Supreme Court.

    Of course Target isn’t all evil, and probably doesn’t deserve the amount of negative attention they’re getting, but it puts other (much worse) corporations on notice that not everyone is going to turn a blind eye to their forays into politics.

    Good on the protesters!!!

    Comment by villagegreen — 10:14 am August 17, 2010 #

  63. I second Yeah Me’s thoughts. Whether you agree or disagree, we are having (relatively) civil discourse as a result, How cool is that?

    Comment by bestbets — 10:17 am August 17, 2010 #

  64. When I first heard about this, I walked into that Target and asked to speak to the manager. I told him I had been a loyal customer and that I would never be back.
    Do some research and you will find out this is much worse than initially reported. Target funded Prop 8 – http://www.towleroad.com/2010/08/antigay-political-donations-by-target-executives-exposed.html

    http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2010/08/targets_gay_pro.php

    Comment by Tim — 10:46 am August 17, 2010 #

  65. This all points to the Supreme Court decision regarding Citizens United vs. Federal Election Committee.

    I recommend reading the following : http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/08-205.ZX.html

    It is Justice Stevens dissenting opinion on this particular case and the much larger issue of corporations having the rights of citizenship(which is codified in the 14th Amendment). There is something fundamentally wrong when a large corporation with a global business and potentially limitless profits is given the same rights as an individual citizen. We, you and I, are citizens. Corporations are not.

    Comment by jaq — 11:02 am August 17, 2010 #

  66. villagegreen & Tim, I agree! Steph, you give my name a bad rap. Try living like a 2nd class citizen and let me know how that feels. Maybe then you would start worrying about what happens at home. I am sorry I missed this but that’s because I don’t shop there anymore.

    Comment by the better Steph in WS — 11:50 am August 17, 2010 #

  67. Dave: Yeah, it would have been a real drag if your kids had to see a little bit of the real world in between purchasing slave labor t-shirts and laundry detergent.

    Comment by Scar — 12:05 pm August 17, 2010 #

  68. How very Seattle-like. One of the most annoying and frustrating things is that libs in Seattle think they run the joint and preach unity, acceptance, etc., until they encounter someone who has a different viewpoint than their own. My husband and I are both teachers and are more or less forced to pay union dues. The unions then turn around and use our money to support and campaign for pro-gay, pro-abortion, liberal candidates. Never heard of anyone doing a flash mob protest for that though.

    Comment by Jennifer — 12:55 pm August 17, 2010 #

  69. Looks like it’s too late to print out the Human Rights Campaign letter that tells Target managers that the company is on notice and being watched to see what actions they take in this matter. Not too late to go in and tell the manager that I’m not going to shop there, though. And with all those school supplies to buy, too! I guess Fred Meyer will get my business this year. Off I go…

    Comment by westseattleoid — 1:05 pm August 17, 2010 #

  70. At least they were peaceful, but now I know I need to support Target, and Best Buy more often.

    Comment by Phil Hansen — 1:07 pm August 17, 2010 #

  71. Funny how how a few posters are saying “so what if Target gave 150,000 to support a stridently anti-gay candidate, they’ve been friendly to gays in the past” and “Target was just making a business decision” and then in the same paragraph they criticize the people in the video for making THEIR OWN voices heard, as if they have no right to do so.

    Here’s what it comes down to: Target gave money in support of a politician who has ZERO chance of winning the general election (Emmer’s a wackjob and there is a viable third party conservative in the race) while also alienating a consumer base (non-homophobes) they clearly had been courting for years. You can disagree with the protesters, but you really have to question why Target would do something so stupid. It’s somewhat like a mainstream corporation giving to a David Duke presidential campaign…he has no chance of winning and it just makes open-minded people think your company is a wrinkled-up nutsack.

    Comment by Ryan — 1:13 pm August 17, 2010 #

  72. That actually makes embarrasses me to be a liberal…

    A. Target has apologized.
    B. This is childish.

    Comment by Vic — 1:18 pm August 17, 2010 #

  73. Someone said this on here in regards to this subject a while ago and I have to say I feel the same way – if I were socially conscious about everything that I buy I would be sitting in an empty room. The CEO of Target won’t feel a thing from the boycott, I hate to tell you. But the people that are employed by Target will. Every major company donates to many political causes, some of them it would probably curl your hair to find out about. I’m sorry, but I’m not going to risk millions of people losing their jobs and livlihoods just because someone tells me to. Especially after a public apology from said CEO and an explanation AND an outline of how he’ll fix it in the future. What you’re fighting for, you’ve already gotten and more – it is now political showboating for MoveOn.org. Another bunch of people donating money to elections that fit their (and my, for the record) political ideals.

    I am pro-gay and pro-union and I vote with my ballot. Would you rather us all go to Wal-Mart? How about Fred Meyer? Sorry but despite it’s recent apologized-for transgression, Target is the most socially responsible of the three and I need to buy my TP somewhere. You can’t have it all when you rely on major corporations. The issue is with the system, not Target. So let the checkers keep their job and use your flash mob creative MARKETING (ah hem, MOVE ON DOT ORG!) to change the politics, not the economy.

    Contributing money to a campaign isn’t necessarily buying an election and you shopping somewhere else does NOT have the pie-in-the-sky ramifications for the corporations that you think it does. Maybe if Move On quit sending me it’s own propoganda and telling ME who to @#$@#(* vote for I’d understand better, but here it’s the pot and kettle and I’m not going to spare one because it’s CEO doesn’t agree with my politics. It’s all the same game, people.

    Comment by UghReally — 1:30 pm August 17, 2010 #

  74. And Vic – I’m with ya. …Clearly.

    Comment by UghReally — 1:30 pm August 17, 2010 #

  75. It’s nice to see different perspectives here and I’m not surprised people disagree about whether the protest was valuable, or stupid, or fun.

    But I do think most people would agree that corporations shouldn’t be able to spend unlimited amounts of money on our elections. Big dollars absolutely influence the outcomes–otherwise companies wouldn’t waste their money on it.

    The *unlimited* part is in fact a recent change (Citizens United case) and affects all of us. Believe it or not, I want your vote to count even if you vote for things I don’t believe in.

    If you want your vote to count, too, you can sign on to these principles and help put pressure on elected officials to fix our broken system:

    http://www.standfordemocracy.com/ratify/

    Comment by Kelly — 2:02 pm August 17, 2010 #

  76. A refreshing protest. No violence. Quite entertaining. Stifling private citizens and corporate voices is limiting freedom. The discussion has been lively and we are better off for it. I don’t know all of issues so politically I am going to not comment. I just thought it was a clever protest.

    See you in the food bar if you still support Target or next door at B&N for a latte and scone if you do not.

    Thanks WSB

    Comment by HMC Rich — 2:26 pm August 17, 2010 #

  77. Yeah it’s a bit childish. And fun. And noone had to bring a gun or chant hate speech to make the point. They just played a song and left.

    All in all, I wish we had more of this. Thanks again, guys! Makes me think folks aren’t so ignorant after all.

    And kudos to those keeping up the boycott,especially if you’re used to shopping there.

    Comment by Yardvark — 2:27 pm August 17, 2010 #

  78. Rock on!!!

    Comment by Mama Lisa — 2:33 pm August 17, 2010 #

  79. What’s the matter with being CHILDISH? It beats the crap out of being FASCIST.

    I think it’s interesting that the same Target was venue for a police dept. publicity stunt a week ago. 8 Seattle PD officers lined up for a sanctioned ‘SHOP WITH A COP’ event.

    Apparently nowadays, malls and stores like Target are ‘the public square’. The musical protest is a great example of FREE SPEECH.

    Comment by I. Ponder — 3:08 pm August 17, 2010 #

  80. All I know is that I am a single hetorsexual male.

    Comment by livingundertheWSbridge — 3:11 pm August 17, 2010 #

  81. I wonder if they paid for the umbrellas they are using! LOL

    Comment by KALYNNICOLE24 — 3:14 pm August 17, 2010 #

  82. For the record, I’m very pro-flash mob in general.

    Comment by UghReally — 4:47 pm August 17, 2010 #

  83. I’d like to protest against those rude Target shoppers who leave shopping carts in parking spaces, and ALL OVER Westwood Center, rather than take them to the corrals. Let’s make a stand!
    Who’s with me?!!
    .
    ..anyone?…

    Comment by M. — 9:16 pm August 17, 2010 #

  84. How entertaining… you people crack me up. So, after reading all of the comments these are my favorites:
    .
    It looks like average Target shoppers engaging in normal shopping activity to me…..

    Comment by DG
    .
    that lead singer needed to shop down aisle 20 and get a razor and some cream for those fuzzy pits!

    Comment by WSMOM
    .
    I’m still giggling. :lol:

    Comment by sun*e — 11:33 pm August 17, 2010 #

  85. If you don’t want Corporate Contributions involved in politics, why is the Human Rights Campaign extorting Target for political contributions to “gay friendly” candidates as part of “making this right”.

    Moreover, if you want a democracy, why would you support a Liberal candidate, who wishes to deny the people of the state the right to vote on the issue.

    Why don’t the actions of liberals match their activist words?

    Comment by A. — 8:22 am August 18, 2010 #

  86. Wal-mart? It’s been Walmart (one word) since 2008. Are you people for real? How soon the masses forget it was only two years ago Walmart was being bashed over ethics. Has anyone checked them out lately?

    Comment by D. — 9:26 am August 18, 2010 #

  87. I’m not sure if you were joking, but please, please, before you take any business to WalMart, take the time to watch this one… and then pass it on.

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3836296181471292925#

    Comment by Donna B — 11:58 am August 18, 2010 #

  88. Boycott away, and don’t forget your 5 screaming children.

    Comment by here — 2:11 pm August 18, 2010 #

  89. It’s national news now.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100820/el_yblog_upshot/shareholders-weigh-in-on-target-and-best-buys-political-giving

    Comment by Majordysfunkshun — 10:55 pm August 20, 2010 #

  90. Well, I am not shedding any tears for Target. You Play (in politics), You Pay. “Business decisions” SHOULD have consequences, economic and otherwise.

    Comment by Jonathan — 6:15 pm August 22, 2010 #

  91. “bridge to somewhere”

    Love it.

    Comment by Krystal — 7:00 am September 7, 2010 #

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