Dear Chick-fil-A: Miss Piggy is officially breaking up with you! The Muppets has partnered with the chain in the past, making toys for their kiddie meals. But no longer. In response to CEO Dan "guilty as charged" Cathay's support for anti-gay groups, the Jim Henson Company announced that they're severing ties with Chick-fil-A.
As Kermit the Frog would say, YAAAY!!!
Not only that -- they're taking the proceeds earned from their newly-dissolved partnership and donating them to gay rights organization GLAAD. Their Facebook announcement has been going viral the past couple of days, rousing gay-rights supporters, angering opponents, and generally making all of us crave fried chicken. But back to the Muppets! Here's what they said.
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. 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. (http://www.glaad.org/)
Good for them. I especially love how they're using that Chick-fil-A check!
Also turning a cold shoulder to the chain: Mayor of Boston Thomas Menino said he would do everything he could to block the chain from opening a restaurant in the city. Which is fine, because plenty of other restaurants are cooking up cheap, fast-food fried chicken. I mean, who really loses if there's no Chick-fil-A in your town?
But hey, Chick-fil-A, you lost the Muppets but you gained Mike Huckabee, who is almost as hilarious! Though not always on purpose. He wrote in support of the chain on his Facebook page and declared August 1 "Chick-fil-A appreciation day." So mark your calendars, people who oppose same-sex marriage. Can't wait to see the super-cute Mike Huckabee figurines in your kiddie meals. That's so going to rock.
What do you think of the Muppets' announcement that their cutting ties with Chick-fil-A?
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