The Jim Henson Company Cuts Ties With Chick-Fil-A Due To Their Flagrant Homophobia

Will Donate Money, Instead, to GLAAD

This past week, Chick-Fil-A present Dan Carthy made it plainly and offensively clear that his company is grossly homophobic … “guilty as charged” he flippantly confessed. As a result, many people have finally come to realize that Chick-Fil-A is a hateful business that should not supported by those of us who understand that their brand of bigotry cannot be tolerated. The Jim Henson Company has published an official statement on their official Facebook profile making it clear that they will no longer be associating with Chick-Fil-A. Click below to read their statement in full.

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/)

Bravo, Henson Company, BRAVO! This is exactly the kind of response that should be given to hateful and homophobic companies like CFA. It’s pointless to throw hatred back at them, it’s pointless to make threats … action is what is required. I loved Chick-Fil-A for many years, I ate there for all the years I lived in Oklahoma. But once I found out how truly vile the company is, I stopped spending my money there. It’s been a few years now but I have decided never again. To see such an important company like the Jim Henson Company to take a stand like this and cut all ties with CFA is so inspiring. Considering all the amazing work that Henson does for children’s programming, it’s really admirable that they are setting this great example. I know for certain that CFA will not change their behavior due to my boycott or the Henson boycott but if more people refuse to fund their hatred, they’ll change. They probably won’t change their hateful behavior but if they go out of business, I’d say that would be a pretty big change.

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  1. Daniel

    Awesome news, and an awesome action on the part of the Jim Henson Company!

  2. Megsterg

    I don’t see them ever going out of business, but hopefully they will soon sell it to someone who does not share that belief and re-brand it. I’m really torn about my boycott of chickfila though, because they donate so much money to children’s charities and always help out in their communities. The chickfila I used to go to had the nicest people who worked there and actually cared about their customers. It was my favorite place. But hopefully they will get the message and stop the practice of donating money to bigoted causes so I can go back.

    • Z

      I too am torn about boycotting them. My husband knows the manager of our local Chick-Fil-A and he’s a really kind hardworking person. And the employees there are just so nice and helpful, especially to familie with children. However, I love my gay friends and family more than I love Chick-Fil-A so we will not be eating there until they change their hatefupolicies. I would just like to think that the company will change before their franchise owners and managers suffer the consequences of the boycott. But they probaby won’t… :(

  3. Britney'sBitch

    HA! Suck it Hate-Fil-A!

  4. What was the connection between the two?

  5. krib

    Finally!

  6. More cities are reviewing applications to open CFA franchises. Now if Google and other companies refuse to take advertising revenue from CFA, that would be even better. Or PBS, if CFA sponsors any programs in their viewing area.

  7. The Henson Company just started a promotion and a line of toys in CFA kid’s meals this week. Bravo to Henson.

  8. joey

    Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – MLK

    keep going to CFA ya’ll

  9. Miguel

    Trent – it’s because of you that I first ate at Chick-Fil-A. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I remember you were all pumped when they opened one where you live now…and I was like ‘Huh, I need to see what all the fuss is about”

    It BREAKS my heart that Chick-Fil-A has come to these extremes…the whole family values thing, I GET IT. For them to just go against the gay community, and completely exclude a group of the HUMAN race is just disgusting. I LOOVED eating at CFA, and gained 30 pounds in doing so every wednesday for the Summer of ’09.

    This move on JHC is BRILLIANT. I don’t think it’s a positive influence for people to be all “fuck cfa” – it’s like…they have their own beliefs…but they’re pretty stupid. That’s all.

  10. Susan

    I know I’ll probably catch hell for saying this, but Chick-Fil-A is a company founded on Christian values, and it clearly says in the Bible that homosexuality is wrong. As much as I support equality for all people, I also support the rights of people to not share my views. This man started his own company and has the right to run it any way he sees fit. People who disagree with how he runs it have the right to not do business with that company. While I wish that he would understand the importance of not excluding a group of people based on something that is out of their control, I’m going to keep eating there. Maybe when the younger generations take over the business, things will change.

    • @Susan — I’m not even going to get into interpretations of the Bible, a text that was amended and translated by the court of King James in a language completely different from the original source material. In the not too distant past, many business owners openly discriminated against minorities — flagrantly keeping Blacks separated from Whites. Many people continued to do business at those kinds of places, ate at those restaurants. I’m sure they said the same thing that you are saying to justify their actions.

    • Joseph

      Yeah i dont think those same businesses backed any of their racial discrimination with the Bible.

    • @Joseph — Of course they did, the Bible has been used to justify injustice all around the world in many instances. The Nazi movement justified their genocide with the belief that they were doing God’s work as the chosen people.

    • Laura

      I have to agree with Susan on this. Keep in mind that CFA is basing their view on a definition from the Bible but they are not saying that any particular group is not welcome. The definition outside the Bible states that marriage is between a man and a woman unless otherwise re-written through the laws. I don’t see this as a discrimination but a religious stand based no a company founded on Christian values. The way people are trying to interpret this would make me think it’s just as equally correct in saying that by giving money to GLAAD, The Jim Henson Company does not support heterosexuals. Seriously, this is a free country and the right for a company to have Christian values is just as valid as a gay couple wanting to be legally married.

    • @Laura — “this would make me think it’s just as equally correct in saying that by giving money to GLAAD, The Jim Henson Company does not support heterosexuals”

      GLAAD is the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the only thing they don’t support is the defamation of gays and lesbians. Again, if you are happy to support the hateful practices of CFA, you’re welcome to do so.

    • Tonya

      @Susan – Do we really want to get into what the bible says? Do you have tattoos? Wear Mixed Fabric? Eat pork or shellfish? Did you have sex before marriage? Use birth control? Do you work on Sundays? Do you believe a rape victim must marry her rapist?

      I respect the belief of whatever god you choose to believe, I respect the faith of others but what I do not respect is someone pulling out one line of a book to back up hate. Especially a book that would sit nicely on the fiction shelf between Twilight and The Hunger Games.

    • Susan

      I didn’t say that I agreed with the reason given for the Cathys not supporting marriage equality or that I take the Bible literally. I simply offered the reasoning behind him saying what he did and stated that I support people’s rights to have differing opinions.

      For the record, I am a Christian. I am a Democrat. I fully support marriage equality. And I don’t appreciate being compared to the Nazis for pointing out why this business believes what they do.

    • Whitney

      I sit here and read these posts and it’s really really sad. My heart aches because we are sitting here attacking each other with words that shouldn’t be said. I mean calling names and comparing people that we don’t know to some of the evil people in the world, is just wrong. Are we that immature of a society that we can’t talk like civilize adults.How are we better then CFA? Everyone has the right to an opinion good or bad. We can sit behind these blogs and attack, but would you say that to the person if you actually met them??? I’m sorry, but I had to say something cause this hate has too stop. I don’t agree with everything on here, but I won’t attack, I would ask why they feel that way. You can attack me, I have been in the Entertainment field so I’m use to it, but some aren’t. Thank you.

    • @Whitney — As far as I can tell, no one is calling anyone else names. Nor do I see personal attacks on anyone commenting here. This is a very emotional issue, yes, so the conversation is going to get emotional. But as civilized adults, we are compelled to try and make our points in the spirit of communication. It will be a wonderful day when hateful attacks are no longer … but for that day to come, we have to realize the root of the problem. Using religious texts as ammunition against others is the lowest of the low … and oftentimes, the source of the worst hatred to exist in our world.

    • Jennifer Verde

      I think a big take away from Cathy’s opinion is that it is his – he is also the CEO, and to me, it comes off as a political move against Obama. Just because he is the CEO does NOT mean everyone that works there shares his views. I was served by a gay male today, in fact, at Chick Fil A. I will not let the opinions of others keep me from living my life to the fullest and neither should anyone else. He may be in charge, but a person is NOT a corporation.

  11. Laura

    Good for them – they will probably retaliate by putting frog legs or fozzy bear fries on the menu

  12. Karen

    Awesome!

  13. marc

    @ Susan — Your choice to stand up for a company that unabashedly promotes discrimination just enables acts of inequality.

    You’d do better to follow your conscience, not the Bible. Your post reminds me of the Nazi officers’ defense at the Nuremberg trials whose excuse for genocide was that they were “just following orders.”

    • Joseph

      Bad analogy, totally unrelated.

      For the record, the word of God that some of you “hate” so much, says it is a SIN to be with some one of the same sex, it does not say to “hate” them. God hates all sin, but loves the sinner.

    • marc

      @ Jospeh — It is the same moral disconnect. Blindly following orders, blindly following the words of an ancient translated book penned by an imaginary being. Either way it’s a copout for not standing up for what is truly righteous. Or at best, it’s just an easy way for weak-minded sheep to live their lives. BAAAAA

    • qwert-qwerty

      The thing everyone is missing when mentioning the bible on this topic is that God hates the sin not the sinner. Just as God hates the murder and not the murderer etc… the stand CFA made is towards the sin and most certainly not towards the sinners.

  14. Alicia B

    Bravo, Jim Henson Company, Bravo!

  15. Jacqui

    I’m a big fan of the girlled chicken club, but guess what guys- you can recreate this flavor at home! Marinade your chicken breast in pickle juice over night. add, some bacon, american, cheese, tomato and a quality bun and BOOM!

  16. Steven

    Glad to see you’ve finally seen the light–I posted tid bits about their hate years ago in reponse to your Chick-fil-a love, but you said that you were a fan and would keep eating their hate. Good on you for the 180! :)

  17. Whitney

    I will give my opinion good or bad, either way I will state it because it’s a free country. I’m glad that Jim Henson company did what they did.BRAVO! But I have to say that this man(whoever he is) opened up his business with his views good or bad. It’s a personal choice if you want to continue to go there or not. I know I won’t be going there, but how can I tell someone else not too? Just because their beliefs might not suit mine. We are never going to move forward with equality if we don’t try to teach or understand someone who has hatred in their heart. We should be a society that rises up to teach about ignorance in a calmly fashion, instead of raising our voices. I hope that we can read each others post and work together without tearing each other to shreds.

  18. Ashley

    Another reason to love Jim Henson and his muppets! =)

  19. Ara

    Yay for the Henson company!!! This is my opinion people but I think that marriage isn’t biblical heck if we followed the bible there are passages that say women are unclean during their period stay away as far as you can, or women can’t wear pants and don’t get me started on all those sister wives back in the old testament with polygamy being a ok. Marriage is not biblical way back when it was political, securing lands for families or relatives many people married cousins or their neighbors. Many women had to marry for financial help since they didn’t work. And doesn’t it predate Christ? Same sex marriage goes back to as early as the Zhou Dynasty before Christ. That’s why I personally don’t think marriage is a christian value since it existed before Christ was born. Marriage is deemed legal by the state, not by the church. My two cents..

  20. I love muppets even more now! =)

  21. pat

    My boyfriend works at CFA and he’s gay! I still eat there sometimes. CFA (or Cathy since he’s the one that made the statement) doesn’t hate us.

    • @pat — CFA takes the money that YOU spend at their restaurants and they give some of that money to anti-gay groups that work against gay rights. I’m sure they love your boyfriend because he is helping them make more money by having you frequent their establishments. I’m sure they love you both.

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