A few days ago I shared that The Jim Henson Company decided to cut ties with Chick-Fil-A because of their flagrant and disgustingly public homophobia. The Henson Company had teamed up with CFA to produce Muppets toys for their childrens meals … instead, Henson decided to pull their toys and donate money instead to GLAAD. So how does CFA choose to respond to this action by The Jim Henson Company? Why, they LIE to their customers. CFA is claiming that the reason they can no longer offer Muppets toys is because of a “safety recall”. Despite the company’s insistence that they are a “Christian company” based on Godly values, they seem to be engaged in the frequent practice of very un-Christianlike behavior.
Just one day after the Jim Henson Co. announced that it did “not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors” due to Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s admission that he was “guilty as charged” when it comes to his Christian stance on the definition of marriage, the fast-food company announced a “voluntary recall” of all Jim Henson Creature Shop Puppet Kids Meal toys. Coincidence? A Chick-fil-A spokesperson to Business Insider, “Chick-fil-A voluntarily withdrew the Jim Henson kids meal toys nationwide because of a potential safety concern. This is unrelated to the Jim Henson announcement.” The recall sign reads:
“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. We are offering a substitution of a complimentary kids Icedream cone in its place until a replacement toy is available. Thank you.”
The picture is at the top of Reddit under the heading, “Apparently Chick-Fil-A thinks lying is a Christian value.”
OOOOOH! But the lying gets even WORSE! After a user on Facebook called out CFA for this action, a mysterious new Facebook user chimed in to argue in favor of CFA’s behavior as if they were just another customer. It turns out that this CFA fan was likely someone involved with the company who created a fake Facebook account to pretend to be “just another customer”:
LOL!! So busted! Tho, naturally, CFA is denying any involvement with this Facebook thing. I guess only God knows the truth.
In other news, following in the lead taken by the mayor of Boston who has decided to DENY homophobic CFA from opening a store in his city, an alderman in Chicago, IL is also working to ban the restaurant from opening there as well:
The latest wrinkle in Chick-fil-A’s anti-gay marriage saga is taking place in Chicago, where an alderman has announced he will block the chain’s efforts to build its second restaurant in the city because of the company’s anti-gay stance. “You have the right to say what you want to say, but zoning is not a right,” Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno said according to The Chicago Tribune’s Hal Dardick. Dardick adds that Moreno, who has already blocked plans for a Wal-Mart in the past, is “relying on a rarely violated Chicago tradition known as aldermanic privilege, which dictates that City Council members defer to the opinion of the ward alderman on local issues.” For now, it looks like Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood will be Chick-fil-A free. “In opposing Chick-fil-A, Moreno stakes out a position likely to resonate in his hipster ward and much of the rest of the city, where public officials have long cultivated the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community,” Dardick adds, though we’re not sure how “hipster neighborhood” is synonymous with gay rights, but if equality is hip, then we’ll take it. As NBC Chicago notes, Moreno’s got Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s backing as the mayor was quoted as saying, “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values.”
By letting homophobic companies know that they are unwelcome in civilized society, the hope is that they may change their ways. As sad as it may be, it’s unlikely that this kind of hateful behavior will be changed but at the very least the company is getting hit where it hurts — in the pocketbook. Naturally, people are free to eat wherever they like … they are free to spend their money how ever they choose. But I, as a former fan of CFA, am so thoroughly disgusted by the brashness of their hatred that I couldn’t fathom giving the company a penny more. Sadly, these kinds of close-minded and sad people will continue to hate and they will continue to hide behind religion to do so … but I think it’s very important to make their actions known. If they truly believe in God’s judgement, I wonder how they will explain the ease with which they hate their fellow man.