Friday, September 21, 2012

Chick-fil-A in Trouble Again

Our favorite bigoted fast food chain appears to be getting itself into more hot water.

In July, it’s COO Dan Cathy, started a ruckus by making a speech supporting “traditional marriage” and opposing same sex marriage. It was also revealed that Chick-fil-A regularly donated to anti-gay groups including some identified by the SPLC as hate groups. This led to a boycott call by pro-gay activists which led to a Chick-fil-A appreciation day instigated by Mike Huckabee.

The appreciation day was a whopping success, especially in the south where Chick-fil-A has most of its stores, and garnered the firm an estimated 50% increase in revenue for that day. There were pictures of long lines of people waiting to buy a chicken sandwich in support of God, the Bible, Traditional Marriage and who knows what else.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Gay supporters followed up with a “kiss-in” at Chick-fil-A restaurants. Like I said, you can’t make this stuff up.

Now, two months later, we hear from a Chicago Alderman and a pro-gay group the Civil Rights Agenda, that Chick-fil-A has turned over a new leaf, will no longer donate money to anti-gay groups and, in fact, hasn’t donated any all year.

To say the announcement was met with skepticism was to put it mildly.

Chick-fil-A didn’t help any by refusing to confirm or deny the claim and simply re-issued the same “we respect everyone regardless of…” press release.

No sooner was the ink on the announcement dry than Dan Cathy tweeted a photo of a WinShape, Chick-fil-A’s charity wing, event “Ride for the Family” supporting the Marriage and Family Foundation Inc.

It appears that Chick-fil-A either speaketh with forked tongue or have left hand not knowing what right hand doing problem. If the company was trying to have its cake and eat it too, they may have accomplished just the opposite and got everyone pissed off at them.

I started making it a point not to eat in Chick-fil-A long before the current boycott because I didn’t like Cathy’s politics. I’ve never eaten there actually so I wasn’t giving much up. This latest mess they appear to have gotten themselves into is sort of funny if you think about it.

My advice to Chick-fil-A is either (a) stick to your guns or (b) make a clean break and admit you were wrong. If you’re wishy-washy and trying to have it both ways you’re going to get clobbered from both sides and rightfully so.

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