TAMPA – The Florida Family Association (FFA) is condemning business supplies giant Office Depot for a recent contribution to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, a donation FFA says will help “turn children gay.” The business services and retail chain, which is headquartered in Boca Raton, recently contributed $1 million to the entertainer’s foundation, to fight homophobic and other forms of bullying.
Through its 1,600 stores, the company will also sell limited edition “Born This Way”-branded goods. David Caton of Tampa-based FFA called Office Depot “irresponsible” for sending a “message to many teens who would have eventually chosen to be straight.” Caton added, “The $1 million pledge from Office Depot to the Lady Gaga Born this Way Foundation will influence many teens to embrace homosexuality for their lifetime, who may have otherwise worked through their crisis with straight results.”
“Thousands of kids who might have otherwise worked through their pubescent sexual identity issues will be inspired to accept the wrong choice based upon this unscientific, emotionally charged propaganda. What’s brave or kind about telling thousands of sexually frustrated teens that they were ‘Born This Way,’ when a high percentage of them would have ended up taking the straight heterosexual path for life?”
For its part, Office Depot seems unconcerned. Bob Moore, the Chief Marketing Officer for the $12 billion retailer—which opened its first store in Lauderdale Lakes in 1986—called the foundation “an inspirational organization that has the power to make a difference in the lives of today’s youth.”