Cow and Chicken, Chick-Fil-A’s favorite cartoon? (Image source: http://hanna-barbera.wikia.com/wiki/Cow_and_Chicken)
Hey there, fellow atheists and others out there who ended up here looking for free Chick-Fil-A coupons (and who will, alas, be sorely disappointed).
I don’t know which sickens me more, Chick-Fil-A president Dany Cathy’s (no relation to Chatty) recent outspoken biblically-based stance against gay marriage, Chick-Fil-A’s so-called food, or all of the nasty chicken- and food-related puns that the media (social, news, rewritable, or otherwise) have been slinging in light of the hubbub. Fear not, dear reader(s). I of course would never stoop to such levels.
In case you haven’t heard, the chickens have really come home to roost at Chick-Fil-A since Dany Cathy’s interview with Baptist Press saying his restaurant chain is “guilty as charged” with supporting “biblical definition” of the family unit (which if your name is Solomon includes 700 wives and 300 concubines. That’s a lot of chicks in one family!).
After the news item went viral, many sane people who believe a crazy book cobbled together thousands of years ago doesn’t necessarily give the best guidance on things such as marriage or how to run a fast food chain, were understandably upset and cried fowl, (er, foul).
The Jim Henson Company (a business founded strangely enough by Jim Henson and which owned of the Muppets until they sold them to Disney) has pulled their muppet toys from Chick-Fil-A‘s happy meals. Or my lawyer tells me I should apparently say, they pulled their “creation shop toys” from the “kid’s meals”, so as not to offend respective copyright holders.
This move apparently does NOT have to do with Gonzo’s unrequited love for Camilla Chicken, or with Jim Henson Company chickening out because the negative publicity, but rather because of Chick-Fil-A’s anti-gay-marriage stance. According to the Huffington Post, the Jim Henderson Company released a statement (on Facebook, which shows how important it is!), saying:
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. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD. (http://www.glaad.org/)
There are rumors posted by Gizmodo that someone from Chick-Fil-A created a Facebook account and impersonated a teen chick (er, girl) who was claiming that the end of the Henson toy promotion had nothing to do with the gay marriage flap. According to Chick-Fil-A, though, it’s just a cock-and-bull story because they had nothing to do with it.
But for now, Chick-Fil-A seems to be sticking to their guns. Will they do so until the cows come home? It’s a difficult situation, so don’t count your chickens before they’ve hatched. Those who support LGBT rights want them to change their ways and stop setting a bad example on such an important issue, while those who much prefer companies that make healthy food and don’t discriminate against employees based on religion or sexual orientation might almost kind of like them to just go out of business because of this controversy and leave us alone.
Sorry to end on a serious note, but that’s no bull.