21 July 2012

CHICK-FIL-F

LAST UPDATED: 07/28/2012
I will miss thee, Chick-fil-A. You've been a tasty and guilty pleasure for far too many years. But now, just as you are gradually creeping your way deeper into Northern Virginia and Washington, DC; I am finally ready to resist your spicy ways.

You... you're going to be a difficult one to give up. No establishment has mastered the waffle fry quite like you have. Damn you!

If only enlightenment were served as one of your sauces; perhaps it wouldn't have had to end this way. Sadly, it is at the hands of your leader, Dan Cathy, that we must part in such sweet (and sour) sorrow.

Here and now, in this American moment, it is vital that we come together to solve actual problems. Yet, your leader insists on creating one.

It is clear your leader's actions are some kind of last-ditch attempt - of which we will doubtless see more examples - to instigate the kind of hate towards the LGBT community that we had seen in the past. While I stand behind him - United States Constitution in hand - in his right to say what he believes, no matter how fallacious; I also believe he has made a miscalculation. I mean... an entire city just rejected you. Dude.

Here's what Dan Cathy said:
"I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say ‘we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about." (SOURCE)
Oddly, the same Dan Cathy issued this statement less than two years ago, in January 2011: 
"In recent weeks, we have been accused of being anti-gay. We have no agenda against anyone. At the heart and soul of our company, we are a family business that serves and values all people regardless of their beliefs or opinions. We seek to treat everyone with honor, dignity and respect, and believe in the importance of loving your neighbor as yourself." (SOURCE)
What a difference a year and a half make. 

But, enough of that, Pepper Jack!

Admit it. Our relationship was already pretty bad before your leader said what he said this week. Though it didn't happen often, I always felt such guilt whenever I'd go eat you in the past. I was able to justify my indulgence, however, with an optimism that your leadership would ultimately align with the rest of humanity as it evolves on this topic.


Alas, I see now that - God only knows why - Mr. Cathy insists on hiding behind the misguided teachings of the past; bizarrely alienating and antagonizing potential customers (who weren't asking for his opinion in the first place).

Anyway, Chick-fil-A... as a lesson in how to do business, you guys definitely get an F.


UPDATED: 07/23/12 - As a result of Dan Cathy's statement... "Jim Henson Company And Chick-Fil-A: 'Muppets' Makers Sever Ties With Anti-Gay Fast Food Chain" (Huffington Post, 07/23/12). Here's the Henson Company's statement:
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.
UPDATED: 07/28/12 - RIP to Chick-Fil-A's VP of Corporate Public Relations, Donald A. Perry, who died suddenly of a heart attack on Friday morning, July 27. Horrible and sad.

Check out this piece from NPR: "Chick-Fil-A Gay Flap A 'Wakeup Call' For Companies"

One final thought... as I said in the original post above, I stand behind Dan Cathy in his right to say whatever he believes. This diversity of ideas is what makes our nation great. But, isn't it hilarious to watch the Salahi's of Alaska so desperate for attention, that they'd hitch their wagon to this controversy. I believe these folks will occupy a lot of space on the wrong side of history, next to the segregationists.

Goodnight. God Bless.