Chick-Fil-A has been under fire for years now for donating to Christian groups specifically for their anti-gay agenda. Dan Cathy, the president and COO of Chick-Fil-A, finally confirmed last week that the fast-food company is staunchly against homosexuality. Although the company is attempting damage control due to Cathy’s statements, the statements nonetheless packed a heavy punch and has been costing Chick-Fil-A many sponsors and supporters.
But apart from business partnerships, how are people responding to the company’s admission?
There isn’t much the company itself can do to alleviate the backlash they’re now faced with after their president firmly stated that gay marriage is “inviting God’s judgement to our nation.” Removing themselves from the debate can’t erase the incendiary words of their head honcho.
So who severed their ties to the company?
There’s a big one in the mix somewhere… ah, yes. Found it. The city of Boston! “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion,” Boston’s mayor Thomas M. Menino told the Boston Herald on Friday.
The Jim Henson Company just began featuring their toys in Chick-Fil-A’s kids meals, but are now breaking the deal. From the company’s Facebook page: “The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors.”
Now let’s get to the good stuff.
After former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee declared August 1 as “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day” to rebuke the flack the company has received, people responded by declaring August 3 as “National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-Fil-A”. Created on Facebook, the project is encouraging Americans to grab their friends, visit the fast-food chain and pucker up. Take pictures or video of your sinful make-out sesh and post them to the company’s Facebook page, too! The number of attendees seems be growing at a speedy rate. Prepare yourself, Chick-Fil-A!
What is your take on this controversy? Will you participate against Chick-Fil-A?