I don’t eat at Chick-Fil-A. I’ve been there a time or two and wasn’t that impressed. When their COO came out earlier with his bone-headed bigoted remarks about gay folks, I shrugged my shoulders and moved on. The company’s position is well known.
Several public officials have disinvited Chick-Fil-A from communities, activists on both sides have lined up to support or criticize the company. So here’s my thing. Activists can call for boycotts all they want. Or they can organize “support Chick-Fil-A days” all they want. I’m okay with other companies (i.e. Jim Henson Co) deciding to not partner with Chick-Fil-A. I’m even okay with public officials saying that they don’t share the company’s stated values and those values are not representative of their communities.
I’m not okay with them using their public positions to keep Chick-Fil-A out of their communities. I’m glad politicians are speaking out against the company’s bigotry. Chick-Fil-A’s owners and management have a right to be stupid and bigoted. The discussion itself it crazy though – it’s not about chicken, it’s about giving our dollars to people who actively use those profits to hurt the glbt community. Greenwald is right on this issue.
At the end of the day though, find myself saying “Really?” We’ve wasted how much time talking about what some mouth breather said? Boycott away. But it’s wrong for public officials to use their positions to keep Chick-Fil-A from doing business. The whole thing has been a PR disaster for the company and KFC is laughing all the way to the bank. Now can we move on to something that matters?