Thoughts on culture and events by author and illustrator Christopher R Taylor
I hardly ever ate at Chik-Fil-A before this brouhaha. My wife and daughter don't care for their food, but I have always liked it, and if I was near a store by myself would occasionally suffer the (always very long) drive-thru line for a chicken sandwich. Now? Not so much.I'm not willing to say I am boycotting them. I have not made a decision never to eat there again... it's just that their brand is no longer about a decent chicken sandwich in my mind. It's tied up in political and religious issues, mostly ones that I disagree with Chik-Fil-A's owners about, and when I consider stopping for a chicken sandwich, PopEye's or KFC (and their customers) seem to be perfectly content to just let me eat a damn chicken sandwich... and I want to encourage more of that. The irony is I made the same decision about Ben & Jerry's ice cream a few years ago over the exact same issue... I was in the store, about to grab my favorite BnJ ice cream, "Cubby Hubby", when I noticed they had changed the name to "Hubby Hubby" in support of gay marriage. I put it back on the shelf and got Haggen Daaz instead. To me, the issue isn't about gay rights, or marriage, or the first amendment... it's about fighting the relentless invasion of politics into every nook and corner of my life. I've already ceded that music and movies are going to have political overtones, even when they are just trying to be entertainment. The cat is already out of the bag in those areas. I'll even accept a limited amount of moralizing about the nutrition industry, obesity rates, the ethics of meat animal production... But if you are selling me fast food or ice cream, my message to you is this: If you or your customers try to make eating junk food a political statement, I will go eat someone elses junk food.
I think its a little unfair to blame Chik-Fil-A for the owner forcing politics on you for saying he likes traditional families. He didn't go out and grab a mic, he didn't rename his fries "non gay marriage fries" he just responded when asked a question and some people freaked out, turning it into national news.I mean, if someone asked you a question and you responded honestly... then that was turned into a big national controversy, would that be injecting politics into your business? I don't care if anyone eats or doesn't eat at a chicken fast food joint. That just seems a bit misguided.
"if someone asked you a question and you responded honestly... then that was turned into a big national controversy, would that be injecting politics into your business?"I'll admit the responsibility doesnt' fall solely on the CEO, but the response by both sides of the debate politicized the issue to such an outrageous degree that it effected how I percieved their brand. Sort of like how a lot of people will say, "Ron Paul is OK, but his supporters drive me away..." The people who treated the purchase of a chicken sandwich (or their objection to said purchase) like it was on par with the guy standing in front of a tank at Tienamen Square... they made me not really want to eat there.
Wow... Eric didn't even understand the sentiment of the picture.
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