Chick-fil-A “war” creates animosity between opposing sides of gay marriage debate


Image from boycottchickfila.com

In my hometown state of California, the gay marriage debate is a big deal. Otherwise known as Prop 8, the right to same sex marriage has a flurry of loud, proud supporters—though the opposing silent majority has won the debate every time elections come around.

When this whole Chick-fil-A situation arose, I knew it would cause heated argument. For the purpose of getting my point across, I will not state what side I’m on, but instead give my view of the situation as a whole.

From what I understand, it all started when Chick-fil-A president, Dan Cathy, released a statement confirming the company’s anti-gay marriage stance. It’s important to keep in mind that the fast-food chain is Christian-affiliated as they do and always have closed on Sundays.

However, Cathy received immediate backlash after stating his opinion. Then, to show support for Chick-fil-A—in my opinion, all it did was make an even bigger deal out of nothing—former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee claimed Aug. 1 as Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

As a result, as reported in the LA Times, tons of anti-gay marriage supporters made their way to local Chick-fil-A restaurants in support of this new political “holiday” created no more than a few weeks ago.

On the opposite end, the pro-gay marriage supporters went out to the restaurants to protest.

But step back from all of this for a second.

Chick-fil-A is a fast food chain. They make chicken sandwiches. Are we really using this chain as the face of the gay marriage debate?

Furthermore, to those getting involved in this hot debate, whether it be posting photos on Facebook or arguing with a neighbor, I say think before you act.

I’ve read various blog posts on the issue and have agreed with some of them in that if you take a side on this Chick-fil-A fiasco, I’m hoping you also research every other product you use and fully support the political views of the company presidents.

Image from latimes.com

In a way, this reminds me of the Occupy Wall Street blow-up, and I think it could even go as far as to be compared to the KONY 2012 internet sensation. Viewing these situations from afar, I’ve noticed that people who involve themselves with these issues all seemingly become social activists overnight.

They read an article or watch a video, and then suddenly have fierce opinions on one side or the other. And yet, I’d be willing to bet that the majority of those same people own various products created by the same mega companies they “hate” so much, and have never been to Africa or know anything about the true present state of the people there.

In this same manner, many of these Chick-fil-A activists are singling out this one fast-food chain for one reason: it’s the hot topic right now. They most likely don’t give this much attention to the political views of presidents of other fast-food chains that they are patrons of.

The Chick-fil-A president simply stated his opinion—there’s nothing wrong with that. In a few months, this controversy will blow over and some other political issue will arise to capture the attention of the masses.

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Comments

  1. I actually do agree with you in saying that he just stated his opinion and that’s all there should be to it. While I don’t agree with his viewpoint in the least, there’s no reason for all these boycotts, protests, and debates to be occurring simply because one man had an unpopular view. The business doesn’t need to suffer for that.

  2. i totally disagree with attacking the business because of the view of the owner. while i disagree with his viewpoint that is his viewpoint and has nothing to do with his business

  3. Alysha Tsuji says:

    Thank you both for the feedback. I agree as I really feel this isn’t about anyone’s stance on gay marriage; it’s more about the fact that Chick-fil-A is being singled out and either hated or worshiped based off of one man’s opinion.

  4. Carina Browder says:

    The thing is, though, is that we all knew of their viewpoints on gay marriage. However, Chick-fil-a donates money to the Family Research Council, which is an organization that funds “de-gaying”/”pray the gay away” programs, and spent a substantial amount of money on lobbying Congress to not condemn the infamous “Kill the Gays” law in Uganda. This is why many people have taken to boycotting Chick-fil-a, not because of what Cathy said. http://tinyurl.com/cgrzk9b

    • Oh wow, I didn’t know that. Now that you tell me that, it makes a lot more sense why people are so adamantly against Chick-fil-A.

      • Carina Browder says:

        I didn’t know that there was so much misinformation out there about it until I saw friends posting about it on Facebook and Twitter. But similar information surfaced back in 2010 and it didn’t spark this big of a controversy. Has to be the power of social media.

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