Muppets, Boston Mayor Go Anti-Chick-fil-A
The Chick-fil-A controversy (which somehow manages to be old news and new news at the same time), with the CEO's admission that he is "guilty as charged" for opposing same-sex marriages, has hit even harder this time.
While Chick-fil-A has noted that they will serve anybody regardless of sexual orientation, the company has not made any mention of stopping donations to anti-gay groups like the Marriage & Family Foundation and the Family Research Council.
In response to CEO Dan Cathy's admission, Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino has announced his decision to do all it takes to block Chick-fil-A from entering Boston. "You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion," he told the Herald.
Then, Mike Huckabee decided to create a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, asking Chick-fil-A supporters to eat at the fried chicken restaurant Aug. 1. "Too often, those on the left make corporate statements to show support for same sex marriage, abortion, or profanity, but if Christians affirm traditional values, we're considered homophobic, fundamentalists, hate-mongers, and intolerant," Huckabee wrote.
As for the LGBT-friendly crowd, a same-sex kiss-in response to Huckabee's event has been created, slated for Aug. 3. Self-proclaimed National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A asks LGBT supporters to grab their friends and lovers to kiss at Chick-fil-A to protest the declaration.
Similarly, The Muppets have pulled their support from Chick-fil-A, with The Jim Henson Company announcing that the company will no longer partner with the chain. In the past, the company had licensed their characters for toys given out with kids' meals. "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," Jim Henson Company wrote on Facebook.