So here’s the dilly-o.
As most of you know by now, The President of the restaurant chain Chick-fil-A caused a bit of a dust up a few days back…
Company president Dan Cathy told a Baptist website the Atlanta-based restaurant chain is “guilty as charged” in its support of traditional marriage.
“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said in article published Monday by the Baptist Press. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
Chick-fil-A has been under fire from gay rights groups since early 2011, when it was revealed that an independent operator in Pennsylvania supplied food to an event sponsored by a group formed to defeat same-sex marriage initiatives.
This, by the way, is not the dickish part.
Mr. Cathy has a set of beliefs and he has chosen to live by them. And that is his right.
Just as it is my right as a consumer to say, “Well, screw you Jack! You’re not the only fast food game in town! I’ll get my deep fried chicken sandwiches somewhere else!”. It is the natural ebb and flow of business.
(Disclaimer: I actually couldn’t do the above because A: Ashland doesn’t have a Chick-fil-A restaurant for me to stop going to. And B: I can’t have fried chicken sandwiches because of my running gun battle with triglycerides. But if I could and we did, I’d go elsewhere.)
And it is also the right of companies who do business with them to say, “Yeah, we’re done here.”.
That stance didn’t go over well with the Jim Henson Co., whose Jim Henson’s Creature Shop toys have been served up in Chick-fil-A’s meals for kids. Jim Henson Co. is named after the creator of the Muppets, though the company transferred the Muppets’ rights and ownership to the Walt Disney Co. in 2003, according to Jim Henson Co.
“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,” the company said in a posting on its Facebook page.
“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 (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation),” the Henson Co.’s posting said.
It should be noted that in the same article, they mention that former Governor Mike Huckabee has come to their defense.
Also drawing numbers on Facebook was a page by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2008 GOP presidential candidate, which calls for people to turn out to Chick-fil-A restaurants on August 1 to show their support for what Cathy had to say about marriage.
“I have been incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick fil-A company because the CEO, Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his view that the biblical view of marriage should be upheld,” Huckabee wrote on the page, which can also be found at www.ISupportChickFilA.com.
“No one is being asked to make signs, speeches or openly demonstrate. The goal is simple: Let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, August 1,” wrote Huckabee. As of Tuesday morning, more than 88,000 people had indicated they would be heading to a restaurant on August 1.
I mention this only because to my knowledge, Huckabee is the only living Ex-Governor who has a muppetty sounding last name. Make of that what you will.
Again, so far, no dickishness. Chick-fil-A is standing by their beliefs. The Henson’s by theirs. Same as it ever was.
And then this popped up.
Last week, the Jim Henson Company announced it would no longer partner with Chick-fil-A in the wake of the fast food company’s acknowledged support of anti-gay organizations. Now, however, Chick-fil-A officials are reportedly telling franchise customers that the kids’ meal toys which were produced as part of the now-severed collaboration have been recalled due to safety issues.
A photograph of a sign reportedly displayed at a Chick-fil-A restaurant at the Shops at Willow Bend in Plano, Texas has gone viral on Twitter and the blogosphere. The sign reads as follows:
“We apologize for any inconvenience but as of 7/19/2012 Chick-fil-A has voluntarily recalled all of the Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Puppet Kids Meal Toys due to a possible safety issue. Please be advised that there have not been any cases in which a child has actually been injured, however there have been some reports of children getting their fingers stuck in the holes of the puppets.”
Translation: We can’t carry the toys anymore but we’d rather make up a horsepucky story about safety issues than address the rumors that seeing Bert and Ernie on “Sesame Street” makes us feel ooky.
This also has the side effect of making it seem like the Henson Company is putting out an unsafe product. Way to stick it to those sodomite puppet jockeys, fellas!
For not having the guts to stand by their stated beliefs, Chick-fil-A is this week’s…Profile in dickishness!
EDIT 7/25/12 Changed “seems” to “Seem” in the next to last paragraph.