With Chick-Fil-A Under Media Scrutiny, The Debate On Whether Or Not You Can Eat At The Fast Food Chain As An LGBTQ Ally Continues
Chick-fil-A has made its way back into headlines recently for its anti-equality stance on gay marriage. Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy infamously spoke out against gay marriage in 2012, which caused great backlash from the LGBTQ community against the fast-food chain.
“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.”
In the wake of the revived media attention on the fast food chain, it's important to note that besides Cathy's shameless statement against marriage equality, the chicken chain continues to donate millions of dollars each year to anti-LGBTQ organizations via its Winshape nonprofit organization. They aren't just talking about hate, they're funding it.
So why is it all of a sudden viral news?
Though atrocious, it's certainly not a new discovery. So why is it in the news? When Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted earlier this month about eating Chick-fil-A, he faced immediate backlash for choosing to eat at an openly homophobic restaurant chain during pride month. Dorsey quickly regretted the apparently unconscious decision, responding quickly to apologize for his error. "You're right. Completely forgot about their background." Dorsey tweeted back.
After this exchange, Christian satire website The Babylon Bee wrote an article titled "House Democrats Draft Legislation That Would Make It A Hate Crime To Eat At Chick-Fil-A," And, being that the chain was already being talked about, the article went viral, causing many people to mock the left for this extreme stance-- a stance that was a joke to begin with.
Remember Satire? It used to be funny, before the 'Fake News' epidemic.
The article was quickly proven as false -- as anyone could have already clearly seen directly on The Babylon Bee's satiric website. "Some may choose not to eat at the chain for reasons of personal morals or tastes, but buying food there is not and will not be considered a criminal act." Snopes.com said on their website, with a video proving that the news is fake.
Many people have different opinions on the whole Twitter/Chick-fil-A war. Some people, like Noah Michelson, a queer editorial director at The Huffington Post, believe that you cannot continue to eat at Chick-Fil-A and call yourself an ally.
"It sucks that we can’t have waffle fries. But you know what sucks even more? Not having equal rights and contributing to the profits of a company that wants to ensure you never do because it believes you’re fundamentally disordered or unnatural or sinful or some delightful combination of all three." Michelson says in his Huffington Post article.