Homophobic “Chikin” Eaters

The fast-food chicken restaurant chain, Chick-Fil-A, recently created a media buzz by coming out (pun intended) with it’s openly anti-gay stance. Yesterday, in Chick-Fil-As scattered throughout the Bible Belt, thousands of people with apparently little else to do that day stood in hour-plus long lines to buy chicken sandwiches and waffle fries, and talk about how much they hate gay people.

On the morning radio yesterday and today, the local, decidedly Christian-right announcer made the Chick-Fil-A gatherings the centerpoint of his monologues. Honestly, I’m pretty baffled by the whole thing. Are so many people so afraid of homosexuality that they feel the need to show up en masse in support of some pretty harsh and mean-spirited policies by a private company? I’m all in favor of free speech, and the right of private individuals to voice pretty much whatever opinion they want to. But for a company to swing so far to one political spectrum so as to completely alienate some customers seems pretty antithetical to what Capitalism is all about. I guess CFA’s publicity stunt earned them what was probably a record-setting sales day yesterday, but at what cost? Further dividing this country, further alienating one group of people and elevating another? Fostering a culture of hatred?

The aforementioned radio announcer went on to describe his experience eating at Chick-Fil-A yesterday as inspiring, a coming-together of people for a common cause. I guess one could make the same statement about a Nazi demonstration, from a white-supremacist point of view. I can only imagine the scene…a bunch of middle class suburbanites stuffing their maws with chicken and potatoes, talking about how great CFA is for standing up for middle class suburban values. And how much they hate gays.

One brave soul, however, called up the station and proclaimed that he ate at Red Lobster Wednesday, and asked how Chick-Fil-A felt about consuming shellfish. I wonder how many of these ‘chikin’-eating self-proclaimed Biblical scholars got the reference.

10 Responses to “Homophobic “Chikin” Eaters”

  1. matt says:

    Anyone who was surprised that the Georgian owner of an overtly Christian fast food chain that’s closed on Sundays is also opposed to gay marriage is, to put it mildly, a bit thick.

    I don’t have a dog in this fight. I rarely eat fast food, and I think I once had CfA during a layover in an airport somewhere. But I do think that this whole thing is a bit silly.

    And I hope that the fellow who went to Red Lobster was wearing a cotton-poly blend shirt. And was stoned.

  2. BrianN says:

    I think Jesus said something about what you put in your mouth matters less than what comes out of it, whatever that means.

    From my point of view the main outcome has been that I now know there is this place called Chick-fil-A or something, and it’s chicken sandwiches are so tasty that every denunciation seems to start with a mouthwatering description, before saying something about something. But by then I’m kind of hungry.

  3. Pitt says:

    I guess I’m mostly confused as to why this was all made into such a big deal. You’d swear the president of Chick Fil A was on an airplane and single-handedly defeated a flock of terrorists and landed the plane- blindfolded. He’s being lauded as some sort of hero by all these people, when all he did was reinforce a stereotype (pointed out by matt). He didn’t do ANYTHING particularly great or humanitarian (in fact, pretty much the opposite), and yet he’s being exalted.

  4. matt says:

    It’s because white Christians are such a persecuted minority in this country. You know, we’re practically on the brink of Sharia Law now, and all of these godless liberals with their “gay marriage” this and their “New Yorker subscription” that need to know that there are REAL AMERICANS willing to choke down fried chicken to save America. Like Jesus would.

  5. matt says:

    The classic quote when I hear people talking about the hateful persecution of innocent American Christians:

  6. Pitt says:

    Apparently the big “support Chick-Fil-A day” thing wasn’t even started by CFA, but by one-time presidential hopeful and far Christian-righter, Mike Huckabee. My only supposition is he’s using this soapbox and manipulating people’s religious convictions (and fear, you know, because nothing sells a stance like fear) trying to position himself and his ilk to influence Romney in advance of the fall election.

    Again, I know none of this is a surprise, it’s just sickening and sad.

  7. matt says:

    I love that the evangelicals who have been bullying the presidential candidates for the last dozen years now have to choose between a Mormon and a black guy.

  8. Pitt says:

    In that regard, it is a great day in America, isn’t it?

  9. Dan says:

    Tim Thomas, the Boston Bruins goaltender and a staunch conservative and Tea Party member, publicly stated that he supports Chick-Fil-A. This led to a whole lot of WHARRGARBL as people continued to lose their minds.

    Best quote I saw was:
    “We’re taking political queues from fast food chains and athletes. This is actually the plot of Idiocracy.”

  10. Pitt says:

    Truth being, afterall, stranger than fiction.

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