Here in Australia we’ve got the controversy over Gloria Jean’s, but in America there’s some amazing creative outcry over chicken sandwich franchise Chick-fil-A.
The fast-food company’s stores are all over the United States, and its founders take following the Bible so seriously that none of its stores open on Sundays.
It’s now common knowledge that Chick-fil-A has given millons of dollars to anti-gay groups, including Marriage & Family Foundation and the Family Research Council, which campaign against marriage equality and adoption of children by same-sex couples.
And now its CEO Dan Cathy confirms its anti-equal marriage stance. “Well, guilty as charged,” he told the Baptist Press. “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.
“We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”
He’s right. The company’s stance, now laid bare, is certainly not popular with everyone. There’s been a sizable backlash in various social media, blogs and LGBT websites in the past 24 hours.
The company CEO’s stance against gays and lesbians “is not only distasteful, it is stupidly counterproductive to business,” writes foodie Lorraine Devon Wilke in the influential Huffington Post. “Boycotts are being organized, buzz is flying around the viral universe… The chickens have come home to roost, the feathers are flying’ and the clucking is not pretty.”
Below, YouTube chef Hilah Johnson suggests her own tasty alternative to the troublesome fast food brand. She promises her home-cooked method delivers “less sugar, less salt, and less funding for anti-human-equality organisations.”
But this one’s still our favourite. Back in March, a comedic bunch of drag divas decided to react to Chick-fil-A’s nonsense in a way they knew the company would hate and would get a lot of attention. Their video Chow Down has now had almost 1.5 million views. Take a look: