If only a few years back coming out as gay would have sparked controversy, taking an anti gay marriage stance can get your company boycotted. Actor Ed Helms boycotts Chick-fil-A for anti gay marriage stance.
President Dan Cathy of the Georgia-based chain of Chick-fil-A has recently sparked controversy with an anti gay marriage stance. His interview with the Baptist Press went viral over the internet and prompted users, gay rights advocators and even actor Ed Helms to start boycotts against his company.
“Chick-fil-A doesn’t like gay people? So lame. Hate to think what they do to the gay chickens! Lost a loyal fan” said actor Ed Hemls in a tweet posted this Wednesday.
Truth be told, Dan Cathy is playing a dangerous game. It’s been known since 2011 that Chick-fil-A was not gay friendly, and the president should have left it that way. Heather Cronk, managing director of a national LGBT rights group, said in light of recent Chick-fil-A statements, “some of our straight allies…may decide to go somewhere else”.
And let’s not forget, gay rights campaigns, such as NOH8, enjoy support from some of the most popular trendsetters. Jane Lynch of “Glee”, Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan, as well as Deepak Chopra and even the Kardashian sisters are supporters of gay marriages and could easily raise support from their fans for a Chick-fil-A boycott.
“We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit” said Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives” reads Dan Cathy’s interview with the Baptist Press.
“We give God thanks for that…we know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles” Dan Cathy stated. Eventually the president agreed he and the company were “guilty as charged” for not supporting gay marriage but being actively against it.
Spokesman for Chick-fil-A Don Perry tried to calm things down. His statement reads “The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of belief, creed and sexual orientation”.