The Florida Family Association is furious following a $1m donation by Office Depot to the foundation. The Association's executive director David Caton is demanding that Office Depot rescind the donation because the pop star and the foundation delivers the ‘irresponsible message to many teens who would have eventually chosen to be straight.’
From Huffington Post.
"The one million dollar 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," FFA officials write on their website before urging readers to send an email to Office Depot authorities expressing their distaste for the project.
They continue: "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?"
Both Lady Gaga and Office Depot officials have yet to respond to the FFA's claim, but Bob Moore, Chief Marketing Officer for Office Depot, nonetheless praised the Born This Way Foundation as "an inspirational organization that has the power to make a difference in the lives of today’s youth" in a press release.
The Office Depot/Born This Way Foundation collaboration will reportedly include a number of limited edition back-to-school products, including "empowerment gift cards" and unique “Bravery Bracelets" each containing messages like “Be Amazing" and “Be Yourself," among other items.