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R.I.P. Chick-Fil-A — Could This Anti-Gay Hubbub Mean the Fall of an Empire?

(UPDATE: 7/25/12 2:18 p.m. Chick-Fil-A has just released a statement on its Facebook page denying its having any role in the creation of any alleged fake Facebook pages.)

Dear Chick-Fil-A, you guys can stop digging your own graves now.

What began as a veritable sh*t storm has erupted into a full-blown avalanche, with public outrage piling on left and right as a result of about a week’s worth now of PR disasters starting with COO Dan Cathy’s recent anti-gay statements.

Not only did the company lose its partnership with the Jim Henson Company, who provided the chicken chain with its latest kid’s meal finger puppet toys, but it also added insult to (its own) injury by immediately issuing a recall of the toys, citing “possible safety issues” resulting from kid’s fingers getting stuck in the puppets’ holes. A photo of the posted statement from one location in Texas can be seen below:

But believe it or not, even all that isn’t as bad as Chick-Fil-A’s latest transgression: creating Facebook accounts of fake teenage girls in a cheap attempt to defend the recall as anything other than what it is: blatant and frankly, embarrassing immaturity.

Instead of accepting the severed partnership and agreeing to disagree, some Chick-Fil-A PR genius decided to whip up a little stock image magic to comment on the company’s Facebook page and defend Chick-Fil-A’s decision to recall the toys–though it has been suggested the fake red-headed tween might have been the work of some chicken-hating saboteur.

The page, belonging to a Miss “Abby Farle,” argues the recall has been in effect as far back as three weeks ago and therefore can have nothing to do with the Jim Henson partnership, (derr). At least, that’s what she plans on going with, until one user points out her page was made only eight hours prior and therefore can only belong to the aforementioned PR-flack. Keep scrolling to see the exchange for yourself:

Really, Chick-Fil-A? The saddest part might be that the problem here isn’t so much the fake PR hack job, but the fact that it was done so sloppily, on top of the ever-massing car crash pile-up Chick-Fil-A has already found itself at the center of. Even if it was the work of an outside party, the whole exchange still looks bad from any angle. As if the thinly-coded homophobic verbiage of kids’ fingers getting stuck in holes they don’t belong in wasn’t bad enough.

Already, this avalanche of anti-chikin-sentiment has resulted in dashed expansion plans for the chain in Chicago and Boston. A letter from the office of Boston’s mayor reveals that many LGBT-friendly power players are just as willing to stick to their guns and do what they can to prevent the company from expanding anywhere that actually likes feeding all members of the general public; letter posted below:

The thing is, Chick-Fil-A has always taken pride in its pro-Christian roots, having donated millions to similarly pro-Christian, anti-gay interest groups and remaining closed on Sundays, but never before has it taken such an abrasive public stance and roused such vehemently negative feedback.

“If Mr. Cathy doesn’t do something about this really fast, he will find himself looking at declining sales and fewer familiar faces,” writes one blogger at the Huffington Post, “He may not realize it today, but in the future he will see the harm he has done to his company, employees and customers.”

The same day the toy recall was announced, Chick-Fil-A posted the following statement on its Facebook and Twitter pages: “Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

Maybe it’s about time they started practicing what they preach.

[Via Gizmodo]

By Dominique Zamora

Dominique would be a foodie if she had money to pay for food. For now, she gets by just looking at food photography, which results in at least one more starving journalism student every time Instagram breaks down.

20 replies on “R.I.P. Chick-Fil-A — Could This Anti-Gay Hubbub Mean the Fall of an Empire?”

The chain doesn’t support gay marriage.  Fine. Don’t eat there. Who the hell cares? To blow this up into a national crisis is ridiculous… as is this article. 

It only becomes so when you donate to hate groups. Would you be upset if they donated to the Klan? Westboro Baptist Church? This goes beyond ‘gay marriage’ because one group has nothing to do with marriage – they want to wipe out gay people and make that very clear. Exodus International is one group and Family Values is the other – the latter offers ‘gay conversion’. 

The stance this company has taken is no different than the one Westboro Baptist Church has taken. None at all. It’s one thing to believe in Christian or ‘family’ values. It’s another to fund places clearly as hateful as the ones they do. And that does become a national issue since they are a national chain.

Please… to try to equate what the head of Chick-fil-A said to the Klan or the actually hateful talk of 
Westboro Baptist Church is intellectually dishonest and lazy. 

The truth is that the vast majority of people in this country could care less. It doesn’t affect them. The only way the GLT community can seem to make any waves at all is to get in people’s faces and scream that if you don’t agree with them you are engaged in hate-speech. THAT is exactly the tactic used by Westboro Baptist Church. 

 The chain has also donated more than five million dollars to SPLC-certified hate groups who seek, among other things, to re-criminalize homosexuality in America.  If they don’t want to see gays sent to prison for being gay, why do they give so much money to groups who are working toward that?

 Is there any real evidence that they created the Facebook account?  You only say that the account was fake, but that does not mean that Chick-Fil-A made it.

This whole thing is goofy.  If you don’t like Oreo supporting gay pride or Chick-Fil-A supporting heterosexual marriage, then you can boycott their products.  No big deal.  The whole media attack is more embarrassing than any actions by these companies.

hence the media blitz maybe? we can’t boycott if we aren’t aware of the bigotry of the companies involved! it’s because of publicity that i know now which companies do animal testing that i want to avoid. 

it seems like people aren’t upset about the publicity so much as the fact that it shines a light on the darkness of their actions!

Chick-fil-a says it employes Biblical principles in it’s company and uses a tiny part of the book of Deuteronomy to dehumanize gays. Yet, Deuteronomy also prohibits the consumption of pork, and Chick-fil-a servers both pork sausage and bacon.  Deuteronomy prohibits the mixing of fibers in clothing, and yet Chick-fil-a sells cotton/polly blend shirts on their website.  Deuteronomy prohibits tattoos, yet Chick-fil-a features a story of a customer on their homepage who tattooed herself with the Chick-fil-a logo!  Deuteronomy also prohibits mixing dairy with chicken, yet Chick-fil-a’s signature breading is made with milk. 

Ask yourself this, is Chick-fil-a more interested in following the laws outlined in Deuteronomy, or is it more interested in bashing gay human beings?

What are you even talking about?  Chick-fil-a did not bash gays.   They simply stated their opinion about marriage when asked.   They did not bash or put down gays. This company hires gays, they serve gays, they don’t discriminate. It’s just that the owner happens be a Christain.

they did not simply state their opinion. they gave money to groups to try to force their opinion onto everybody else. they didn’t just have a belief, they decided it’s the only one that mattered and used money people had spent on their product to deny others the rights they claimed for themselves. the company may not discriminate, but the owner does, and i will not let one dime of my money fall in the pocket of a man who hates….

because it takes an awful lot of hate to decide your opinion about someone else is only one that matters, or that those who don’t agree with your thinking don’t deserve the same rights as you. not to mention arrogant! wasn’t there some sort of position the church held on pride?

Please read 1 Corinthians 8 and 10 before you quote scripture. Better yet read and study the whole Bible before you choose parts that best fit your argument. Also, please use context not just the words. Thank you

They got caught up in a similar, though slightly less well known situation, last year. I stopped going then. Will encourage others to do the same following this. This is not “they support someone I don’t,” as with a different political party or sports team. This is supporting groups dedicated to restricting the legal rights of an entire class of people. Even if god cares, let those people engaging in it sort it out with god themselves when the time comes. Until then, they aren’t infringing on anyone else’s rights here on Earth, so no one else has any grounds to deny them rights of their own.

why is it that everyone ON THE PLANET has a right to an opinion except possibly Christians who belive what the Bible says about homosexuality…they shouldn’t be treated like criminals because of their faith…

you do have the right to an opinion. you do not have the right to force that opinion on me or anybody else. by taking a concept that’s much older then your church and deciding only you have right to decide who can be included in it, that’s exactly what you are doing. marriage is not a christian concept, so what makes christians think they have right to define it?

Actually every Chick FilA I’ve been by has had very full parking lots. Imagine that. I’d almost bet they will need police to control traffic tomorrow.

In the short-term? Won’t hurt Chick-Fil-A’s profits. For everyone one person that won’t eat there, there’s one that will. Awful lot of right-wing bigots out there who hate LGBT people, and they’ll buy Chick-Fil-A. Then this whole thing will die down, and Chick-Fil-A’s image problem will come ROARING to the front. They have lost themselves a whole giant mess of people who will never eat their food again because of their stance, and they’ve turned eating food at their restaurant into a political statement. Good luck trying to grow your business, Chick-Fil-A bigots!

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