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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Can Bite Me

Today, August 1st, is Chick-fil-A appreciation day, y'all. It's the day that Mike Huckabee has declared as the day when all the people who stand behind the biblical definition of marriage being between a man and woman, swing down to their local Chick-fil-A and eat a fried processed chicken sandwich. It all just makes so much sense, doesn't it? A few weeks ago, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy said some bullshit about how he is "guilty as charged" when someone questioned him about his staunch, yet prehistoric, views on marriage. Coincidentally, that was the very same day I happened to be driving by a Chick-fil-A in Houston, Texas and was lured in by the thought of revisiting one of my favorite childhood fast food restaurants. Yes, I ate at Chick-fil-A not more than two weeks ago. Did I know that as I was cramming waffle fries down my throat there was a firestorm brewing about his comments? No, I did not. That was brought to my attention minutes after checking-in on Facebook at the Chick-fil-A, at which time I was attacked by all my friends for supporting such a bigoted company. Yes, I knew they had a history of donating money to pro-traditional marriage organizations but I went anyway. I chose to look the other way. Once I sat down and saw a mother and daughter praying over their tray of chicken nuggets, I knew I should have resisted the urge and gone somewhere else. But it's too late. I ate there, but I won't anymore. I promise this time.

On the other hand, I understand that this is a free country and people can say and do whatever they want. Dan Cathy has the freedom to denounce my marriage but I have the same freedom to get on this blog and call the lady at table 17 a big ho for not tipping me. I guess it all boils down to freedom of speech. He has his opinion and I have mine. It's what makes this country, right?

But as for this Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, there are no restaurants here in New York City so I didn't get to see how it went down. Not that I would protest, really. Again, he has the right to run his business the way he wants to just like I can run my blog and Facebook Page the way I want to. One of my Facebook friends in Texas announced on her wall that she was going to Chick-fil-A today. She is no longer a friend of mine. If you want to be my friend, you have to respect my life and if you respect my life, you don't go to Chick-fil-A today. I can understand if you want to go once in a while. I am "guilty as charged" on that count. But to go to today sorta means that you are specifically against gay equality. I have been with my partner for 21 years.  We have been officially married for four months. I get a lot more out of my relationship with my husband than I ever could out of a chicken sandwich, so I think I will be fine if I never go to Chick-fil-A again. It just does not seem worth it.

So to Dan Cathy, Mike Huckabee and everyone else who thinks that same-sex marriage is an abomination, I would like to take advantage of the free speech that we have in this country and use my blog to state my opinion about you:


Wake up and smell the fucking processed chicken, you stupid hate-mongering bigoted fools. There will come a time when people will look back at this era in our country and wonder what took so long for people to realize that same-sex marriage is no big deal. It only strengthens our country and it has absolutely no effect on a marriage between a man and woman. If my marriage is hurting your marriage, then you are the one with the problem, not me. The longer you hold on to your antiquated beliefs, the more foolish you will appear. It seems that everyone would want to be on the right side of history, but if you want to stay in the dark ages, you go right ahead. Meanwhile, companies who have embraced diversity like Coca-Cola,  JC Penny and McDonald's will reap the financial benefits of encouraging everyone to buy their products instead of just a section of society. Mark my words, someday same-sex marriage will be legal all across the country and when it happens you will see that you should have come to your own decision rather than waiting for the government to do it for you. In the meantime, I embrace the freedom of speech in our country to give you a great big, glitter-coated FUCK YOU.

I hope you will like and share this post, if for no other reason than to get people to see this hilarious video by Randy Rainbow:





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27 comments:

Tonya A. Howard said...

Unfortunately hate mongering is alive and well in ohio. The bible thumping zealots have come out in full force to support CFD.

I will no longer eat there because I don't want my money supporting their hateful agenda.

Anonymous said...

But ya'll don't mind filling you cars with gas that comes from a country that KILL homosexuals? Hypocrites...

Anonymous said...

I can't do much about my gas consumption. I can buy a chicken sandwich ANYWHERE.

teverton said...

What do bigoted Christian stuffing their pieholes with Chick-fil-A sandwiches have in common with gay men?

They both both enjoy warm meat between two buns slathered in sauce.

GingerG said...

First, where does Mike Huckabee get off declaring anything "national whatever day"? Last time I checked, he's not president or even a member of Congress.

Second, just a short while ago I was reading a local news website and they had a little item about the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile being in town today. Someone posted the comment that it would be funny if the Weinermobile "accidentally" rammed through the backdoor of a Chick-fil-A. I've been laughing at that mental image ever since!

Em said...

These close minded fools make us more relaxed Christians look so hate filled and stupid. There are so many christians out there that are pro-gay marriage, its these fricken idiots that feel the need to alienate other human beings because of their own brain damage that make a lot of people look bad. I have no idea what the hell a Chick Fil A is since I'm Australian but it seems to me, that running a successful franchise means not excluding and insulting a good slice of potential fucking clientele

Mark W said...

Anonymous (aka chicken shit coward who lost his balls somewhere along the way) said "But ya'll don't mind filling you cars with gas that comes from a country that KILL homosexuals? Hypocrites...

Gasoline, for many, is a necessity, while CFA is a luxury.

I live in a city where there is ZERO mass transit available. One of the largest cities in Texas, nestled directly between Dallas and Fort Worth. The home of Six Flags over Texas, Cowboy Stadium, and Rangers Stadium. To get anywhere in this town, you have to walk (in the 112 degree heat, 30 miles) or drive.

So, like a good gay, I use the HRC index to find companies that score high on the HRC index (which means they are gay-friendly) and buy my gas from them. Yes, part of that money goes to other countries, but much of it also goes to companies that support my fight for equal rights.

On the other hand, CFA is a luxury. Not only do I not need to spend that money at CFA, but I can get the same kind of food (of better quality) elsewhere (Helloooooo Whataburger!) or, better yet, make it myself. And let me tell you, my fried chicken sandwiches bring all the boys to the yard.

So, there goes your argument, you coward (oh, back to the "anonymous tag, sorry). It's amusing that someone who doesn't have to balls to identify himself has no problem calling other people names before knowing the facts.

(Funny side note- the captcha on this comment is "they kill")

Mark W said...

ALso, to the same "Anonymous," if you want to pretend to be southern, learn to spell our words. It's Y'ALL, as in "You All," not YA'LL.

Practical Parsimony said...

I have to go to ATT in a few minutes and will pass CFA. I should go in their and kiss a girl. Yes, I am straight and don't know who would cooperate. I don't need to be arrested for kissing a stranger...lol.

We are not hypocrites. We stick our collective head in the sand. I don't check to see the politics of places I shop. However, try making a formal statement of bigotry, and I will react. If I don't buy gas, I am in big trouble since there is no mass transit here. Even then, the gas comes from people who would like to kill all Americans. It galls me.

If we are going to boycott petroleum products, we would never buy another computer.

If radical Christians have their own way, in 50 years we could be as radical and kill homosexuals as they do.

Shall this straight female go kiss a girl in front of innocents? LOL

Practical Parsimony said...

I just went by cfa four times (don't ask) in the course of a little over an hour. CFA is packed. People are on the highway waiting to get into the parking lot, AND the Verizon parking lot is packed with about 50+ cars. Verizon is closed!

Maybe I will eat at 5 Guys to protest....lol.

Anonymous said...

the chicken is not processed....just saying.

Estrellita said...

It's extremely sad that people are going out of their way to support a company that embraces bigotry. I have not eaten this shit since your first post about Chick-Fil-A was published months ago. I love your blog. I love that you don't mince words. I love that you address things that affect your life that aren't related to the restaurant industry. Your readers love the Bitchy as well as the Waiter. I love this quote from Nellie McClung, “Never explain, never retract, never apologize. Just get the thing done and let them howl.”
Keep the posts coming!

Sabrina said...

Off main topic here,but,l just wanted to congratulation you on your 4 mos of marriage..l had no idea you were married to your partner,about time l say..good luck&love, l love your blog!

Sabrina said...

Congratulate you..damn word projector

Debbie Morella said...

I have been in business for over 25 years and if I went to the media and said, "I don't care if you're gay, straight, black, white, male or female - and I couldn't care less who you're married to - you are all welcome in my establishment as long as you treat each other and my staff with kindness while you're there", it wouldn't increase my sales one dollar. Yet, some guy makes a bigoted statement that alienates a fair amount of our country's population, and his franchises get a 'special day' that earns them all a gazillion dollars..... I'm confused.

Practical Parsimony said...

Debbi, YOU are not confused!

BW, I was telling an exbf about your blog and what I wrote today. He exclaimed, "Hey, I saw the Bitchy Waiter on Dr. Phil!" He was impressed by you.

Fireblossom said...

Darling, this is shocking, really shocking. I am thinking that, usually, there are lots of hens and just one rooster. Polygamy! Omg. And *some* of those hens have got to be there because, you know, they LIKE being around a lot of other hens. So, those good Christian persons at CF are actually consuming polygamous lesbian chickens! Oh nooooo! *spit spit spit*

And why do you want me to prove I'm not a robot, before leaving this comment? Honey, do robots wear Manolo Blahniks? It's not right.

jnana said...

I don't get why a restaurant has to state their opinion on this? What's the relevance?

Shannon said...

that video is hillarious!

Jen Dunn said...

Mark W, I love you.

Bitchy, I love you, too. I love your blog. The Randy Rainbow video is hilarious!!!

For the record, I am a straight woman but my aunt and my best friend are both gay. I fully support their equality and I hope one day in this country we will get there. I haven't eaten at Chic Fil A in over 5 years. I've known about their hateful agenda for a long time, I wonder why it's taken so long for the whole country to find out.

Anyway, keep the fighting the good fight! You'll find me right beside you! :)

MaeZ said...

I hope the haters keep eating at CFA. They'll die faster that way!
Love you BW, you brighten my long days at work.

Jamie said...

I seriously LOVE all these comments....except the "Anonymous" person. We don't have CFA here in Vegas and I am extremely happy that me and my children don't have to look at that place. We are pro LOVE, ACCEPTANCE and EQUALITY in this household! :)

Anonymous said...

Debbie it was an opinion not a bigoted statement. He never said he wouldn't serve or hire a gay or lesbian just that he believes it's against God's word. Clearly yesterday there are more people concerned that his right to free speech was infringed upon than the stance he took. I have gay friends that didn't see what the big deal was in his statement. I have family who is gay. They know that I love them but disagree with their life style. Just like I have a drug addicted sister who I love dearly but disagree with her life style too. At least respect his right to disagree with you. He never said anything discriminatory just that he disagrees with marriage. Besides if you ask a well known Christian business owner what he believes in why is everyone so shocked that he doesn't think gay marriage is right?

Anonymous said...

I hate that anyone actually listens to anything Huckabee suggests/says. I hate to even admit that the man was my Governor; he pushed hard for people to have a covenant marriage-like I'd want to wait 2-5 years for a divorce to go through. Now that I think about it, none of my friends would come out of the closet until his term was up. Seriously, the man is an idiot.

Debbie Morella said...

You're right, anonymous. I stand corrected. His statement was a personal opinion, to which we all have the right to express.

What I should have said was that "An influential businessman made a personal opinion statement that incited bigotry (I know that wasn't his intent), and 1600 businesses were financially rewarded as a result." It was late. My bad. (I would have said the same thing if it would have negatively affected the finances of the businesses, I just would have flipped the 'money thing' around.)

My point wasn't about what he said or even the topic of the day. It was about the affect that someone's personal opinion about a subject that is divisive in our country could have on a business.(positive or negative)

I respect everyone's right to their opinion (and trust me, it gets me in trouble sometimes) and I don't see what the big deal was in his statement either. That's why I was so surprised at the reaction from the public and the hatefulness of those who showed up, not to support his right to free speech, which unites us, but in support of his personal opinion on a subject that divides us.

One should have nothing to do with the other. People should support the businesses because they like the food:)

www.DiatribesAndOvations.com said...

"There are times in your life when you have the opportunity to stand up for your friends. When you let that opportunity pass, your friends notice."

Anonymous said...

newbie in sydney found you today. read about five posts thinking "c' mon bro, make me laugh" til this one finally did, loudly, just about the bit about the ho that didn't tip. I used to make cappuccinos in Germany with 15 cm of foam popping up from the cup - the ones that didn't tip were worth it, watching them struggle with a bafflingly non-standard format, it really freaked a couple of people (guys) out over the years...