In 2004 filmmaker Morgan Spurlock made the documentary Super Size Me about the fast food industry with a simple message: those places are really bad for you. But the most recent fast food chain controversy making headlines has nothing to do with staggering statistics about caloric intake,, or the troubling obesity epidemic, or an animal rights issue. This one is a hot button political and human rights issue.
Atlanta-based fast food chain Chick-fil-A has sparked a national and media firestorm after it was revealed that the Christian company (their locations are closed on Sundays for religious observation) has donated millions of dollars to anti-gay marriage and pro-heterosexual marriage organizations over the years. The controversy began earlier this month when the restaurant chain’s president and chief operating officer Dan Cathy told the website The Biblical Recorder, “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. We operate as a family business … our restaurants are typically led by families – some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that.”
Since then, the news of Cathy and Chick-fil-A’s business model and their stance on gay rights has become a divisive human rights and political issue (while Republican politicians like Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee have showed their support for Chick-fil-A, both Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino have expressed they feel the chains have no place in their respective cities); it is a topic that has caught the attention of Hollywood as well.
While there are some celebrities you could still run into in a Chick-fil-A (including hockey player Tim Thomas, who has publicly stated that he is supporting the chain), here’s our guide to the stars you definitely won’t catch lining up for chicken sandwiches or waffle fries at the restaurant anytime soon:
The Office star Ed Helms, an Atlanta native himself, shared his thoughts on the Chick-fil-A controversy when he tweeted, “Chick-Fil-A doesn’t like gay people? So lame. Hate to think what they do to the gay chickens! Lost a loyal fan.”
Actress/political activist Mia Farrow tweeted her sentiments about the chain, telling followers, “Chick-fil-A Is a disgrace If you support gay rights/human rights don’t go there.”
Likely much to the relief of Camilla, The Muppets severed their ties with Chick-fil-A. “The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors,” their official statement read, “Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-fil-A to GLAAD.”
As Jon Stewart put it quite simply during a segment on The Daily Show, Cathy is “such an a**hole, not even Boston will tolerate you.”
Roseanne Barr made it very clear she is vehemently against Chick-fil-A and Cathy’s business model, but her choice of words found her in hot water, too. After Barr tweeted, “anyone who eats S%#@ Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ,” causing something of an uproar. “christian liars: i never wished cancer on you at all-jesus will punish u 4 ur deceit-I said processed foods cause cancer,” she wrote. Barr later followed up with an apology tweet for the insensitive remarks that read, “Retreading my tweet I realize that I used the wrong word-I shouldn’t have used the word deserves. I shouldn’t have used the word deserves in my tweet and I apologize.”
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