In a surprise turnaround, the controversial fried chicken chain and conservative darling Chick-Fil-A has announced that they will no longer be contributing money to groups with strong anti-LGBT leanings, specifically singling out the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army.
The FCA’s Statement of Faith declares “neither heterosexual sex outside of marriage nor any homosexual act constitutes an alternative lifestyle acceptable to God” while the Salvation Army has supported legislation which would allow it to deny employment and federally-funded services to LGBT Americans and used their website to refer LGBTQ individuals to pseudoscientific and deeply traumatizing conversion therapy groups.
Protest efforts by LGBT activists led to the Chick-Fil-A’s sandwich becoming a culture war meme for the right-wing in their ceaseless efforts to trigger the libs, but now it’s the chuds who are melting down and crying crocodile tears over the business decisions that their favorite snack seller has made.
“Chick-fil-A’s shameful capitulation in the culture war” cried Kaylee McGhee at the Washington Examiner. Other right-wing grievance preachers like former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Ben Shapiro, Matt Walsh, and Dave Rubin took to Twitter to complain about how the multimillion-dollar restaurant had decided to stop alienating potential customers with their charitable donations to anti-gay groups.
In Aug 2012, I coordinated a national @ChickfilA Appreciation Day after they were being bullied by militant hate groups. Millions showed up. Today, @ChickfilA betrayed loyal customers for $$. I regret believing they would stay true to convictions of founder Truett Cathey. Sad.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) November 18, 2019
The decision makes absolutely no sense. @ChickfilA was actually cool because it stood up to the progressive mind virus which is cancel culture.
I’m not going back to that sad, dry, pathetic Burger King chicken sandwich. No way, no how.
Back to the home cooked frying pan… https://t.co/g8a8kU0zJN
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) November 18, 2019
— Dan Gainor (@dangainor) November 18, 2019
Does #ChickFilA understand it's now saying the @salvationarmy is a hate group by kowtowing? Does the management realize this? Did they not see the surge in sales as they held their ground against hate? https://t.co/OhtxoHNO0s
— Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) November 18, 2019
Phone convo just now with my best friend:
Me: Hey what’s up?
Friend: Oh not much, just finished eating
Me: Hopefully not at @ChickfilA
Friend: Nope. They are dead to me.
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 18, 2019
It is the height of irony for the same folks who throw puffy tantrums about how movies are too political and athletes should just “stick to sports” are suddenly filling their proverbial diapers about how a fried chicken restaurant is no longer deciding to make political statements with their charitable donations. It really just goes to show how the American right-wing is nothing but a hollow mask of bigotry over the fave of plutocratic greed, giving their followers nothing substantial to cling to except bitterness and spite.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.